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Dexter, William W. MD, FACSM; Editor:; Hoke, Thomas MD; Contributor:

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Current Sports Medicine Reports: May/June 2015 - Volume 14 - Issue 3 - p 155-156
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000144
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Description: Created by an orthopedic surgeon to improve the orthopedic education process, this Web site is a compendium of orthopedic knowledge designed to prepare one for orthopedic boards. High-yield topics are covered in outline format and are subdivided into specialty areas (trauma, foot and ankle, sports, pediatrics, spine, etc.) for easy navigability. Due to the concise nature, topics are useful not only for board review but also in the clinical environment. In addition to reviews on high-yield topics, there is a large question bank, a public forum for case presentations and clinical questions, anatomy review, and a basic science review. Registration is free for all physicians. Orthopedic providers have access to additional features including a networking feature. A mobile version exists, and an iPhone app is in development.

Cost: Free

Sports Medicine Research

Description: Sports Medicine Research: In the Lab & in the Field is a Web site developed and maintained by PhD-level athletic trainers in an effort to, in their words, “bridge the gap between research and clinical practice related to sports medicine.” Twenty-six sports medicine and musculoskeletal journals are regularly followed, and articles pertinent to clinical sports medicine are reviewed and summarized. Articles are divided into the categories of injury prevention, evaluations, and rehabilitation. Contributing writers include physicians, those with PhD degrees, physical therapists, and certified athletic trainers. Two other very useful features are a position statement/consensus statement section that links to these manuscripts and summarizes each of them nicely and a Patient-Reported Outcomes section that provides links to PDF files of many validated patient outcomes tools.

Cost: Free

Sports Dietetics — USA

Description: The Web site of Sports Dietetics — USA is a great resource for those looking to find out more about sports nutrition or find a sports nutritionist in their area. Its resources page has brief, educational PDF files on a variety of topics including hydration, recovery, female athlete triad, caffeine, and bone health, to name a few. This page, tailored directly to college athletes, has numerous fact sheets, webinars, and articles — information vitally important to aspiring athletes and the coaches and sports medicine teams that support them. Also useful is the catalog of registered dieticians who specialize in sports nutrition, searchable by state or zip code.

Cost: Free

Sports Concussion

Description: This is a sports concussion-related educational Web site that is a very thorough compilation of the current knowledge of concussion physiology, care and management, and resources. It is written with the lay audience in mind and is an excellent resource for athletes, parents, and coaches seeking more information on sports-related concussion. It is focused on the pediatric population, and the section on personal concussion stories has a video highlighting the impact that concussions have had on child athletes. There is very up-to-date information on concussion physiology, diagnosis, treatment, and return to sport that follows the Zurich 2012 Consensus Statement. It provides links to resources useful to sports people and health care providers alike, including consensus statements, SCAT3, and child SCAT3. It was developed by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, so it provides some resources specific to that state as well.

Cost: Free

Run Keeper

Description: One of the many global positioning system (GPS)-linked, app-based ways to track one’s runs using the GPS feature in a smart phone. The base platform (free) is easy to use with either iPhones or Android-based phones, stores your runs forever, and compiles total distances, times, and calories burned. Runs may be logged manually and automatically through the smart phone app. Public routes posted by other users are searchable and can give one guidance when looking for new runs. Also within the free platform is access to numerous training plans to build up to 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and full marathons. These are subdivided into running experience and goal finish time. Upgrading to the elite (paid) service provides access to many other nice features, including additional training programs and the ability to compare previous workouts with track progress over time.

Cost: Free for basic service, $39.99 per year for elite service.

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