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ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: November/December 2005 - Volume 9 - Issue 6 - p 4
Departments: ACSM Partner's Page

ACSM announces its partnership with the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, a primary care-focused physician organization that seeks to integrate the science and technology of exercise within the practical application of clinical care.

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, was organized in 1991. In an effort to fill a void that had existed in sports medicine since its beginning, a group of physicians formed AMSSM to create a forum specifically for primary care, nonsurgical sports medicine physicians. The founders recognized the need for an organization within the field of sports medicine that approached athletes, exercising individuals, and teams comprehensively with consultative and continuous care of their orthopedic, medical, nutritional, and psychosocial issues. Today, AMSSM comprises more than 900 sports medicine physicians with the goal of providing a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.

The mission of AMSSM is to offer a forum that fosters a collegial relationship among dedicated, competent primary care sports medicine physicians as they seek to improve their individual expertise and raise, with integrity, the general level of sports medicine practice. Some key priorities of AMSSM include the following:

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* Providing multidisciplinary education opportunities for primary care sports medicine physicians using meetings, videos, and printed materials.

* Encouraging and supporting research in the area of sports medicine.

* Providing a venue for ideas and information sharing among colleagues about the practical aspects of sports medicine practice and care delivery.

* Promoting the health and safety of athletes and physically active individuals through education of all involved in their care.

"Even though AMSSM was founded in 1991 and is a relatively new organization, its membership has enjoyed a long relationship with ACSM. Many of our AMSSM members belong to ACSM and have served as speakers, moderators, committee members, and officers in ACSM," said AMSSM President Jim Moriarity, M.D. "Additionally, AMSSM and ACSM along with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) jointly sponsor the Advanced Team Physician Course held annually as an ongoing update to the ever popular ACSM Team Physician CourseSM, Parts I and II. We value our relationship with ACSM and look forward to continued opportunities for collaboration in the future."

As a primary care-focused physician organization committed to the health benefits of exercise for all ages and abilities, AMSSM seeks to integrate the science and technology of exercise within the practical application of clinical care. Its future will encompass three focal areas: 1) the education of membership in the latest developments of sports medicine, 2) the training of future sports medicine physicians, and 3) the pursuit of clinical and laboratory-based research in sports medicine. Finally, AMSSM hopes to become a trusted resource for other physician and ancillary medical care specialties in the management of exercise health benefits, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, injury prevention programs, and the promotion of exercise as an integral part of the life of every individual in the United States.

ACSM is firmly committed to the value of partnerships and collaborations with organizations that share a similar mission. Members of ACSM represent the breadth and depth of professionals contributing to sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness. ACSM recognizes the unique attributes primary care sports medicine physicians provide and is pleased to be partnering with AMSSM.

To learn more about AMSSM contact: Jody Gold, Executive Director, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 11639 Earnshaw, Overland Park, KS 66210 Phone: 913-327-1415 Fax: 913-327-1491 E-mail: Web site:

© 2005 American College of Sports Medicine