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ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: January/February 2006 - Volume 10 - Issue 1 - p 3
Departments: ACSM Partner's Page

ACSM highlights its partnership with the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, an organization that provides a forum for orthopedic surgeons with a special interest in sports medicine.

The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) works closely with sports medicine specialists and clinicians, including family physicians, emergency physicians, pediatricians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Its mission is reflected in its motto "A world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication, and fellowship."

AOSSM was founded in 1972 so that orthopedic surgeons with a special interest in caring for athletes could present their research and experience in a rigorous forum that would expand the profession's collective knowledge and skills. The Society began publishing the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) as a means of documenting through peer-reviewed publication the research taking place in the profession. Soon thereafter, AOSSM began holding annual meetings in which scientific and clinical presentations could be shared with the broader community. Today, more than 2,000 orthopedic surgeons belong to the Society, 1,150 physicians attend the meeting annually, and 9,000 paid subscribers receive the journal worldwide.

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The key priorities of AOSSM are publishing, education, and research:

* Publishing of AJSM has been expanded with an increased frequency, page count, and online access to keep up with the growing field and public demand. The journal is published monthly, containing more than 1,500 pages of scientific content annually and consistently ranks in the top five of sports science journals by Thompson's ISI rankings.

* Education has expanded beyond the annual scientific meeting to include surgical skills courses, sports-specific courses, and enduring medical education as an accredited Continuing Medical Education provider. AOSSM also has established strategic alliances with a number of orthopedic, medical, and sports entities in producing courses for specific sports medicine populations.

* Research is a critical interest to AOSSM's members, and the Society's involvement goes beyond simply funding research projects to include serving as a catalyst for the orthopedic community to collaborate in identifying research projects, developing multi-center studies, and seeking expanded financial support for orthopedic sports medicine research.

ACSM has enjoyed a close working relationship with AOSSM on a number of levels. ACSM partners with AOSSM (and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine) in producing the Advanced Team Physician Course held annually as an ongoing update to the ever popular ACSM Team PhysicianSM Course, Parts I and II. Additionally, AOSSM has collaborated with ACSM in developing Team Physician Consensus Statements, and both organizations enjoy exchange lectures at their annual meetings.

Future plans for AOSSM include continuing efforts to build upon its three strategic priorities of publishing, education, and research. With the impending launch of subspecialty certification in orthopedic sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the Society is initiating a number of educational endeavors to help orthopedic surgeons prepare for the exam. The Society also is placing greater effort in developing enduring educational products that will provide distance learning options to members and others. Finally, the Society will be expanding its research endeavors to include collaborative efforts on articular cartilage, allografts, revision ACL, and pediatric ACL repair issues.

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/fitness. ACSM recognizes the unique attributes sports medicine specialists and clinicians provide and is pleased to be partnering with AOSSM.

To learn more about AOSSM contact: Irvin E. Bomberger Executive Director American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 6300 N. River Road Suite 500 Rosemont, IL 60018 Phone: 847-292-4900 Fax: 847-292-4905 E-mail: Web site:

© 2006 American College of Sports Medicine