NOLS Wilderness Medicine Resources:
Description: National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) underwent a rebranding process ending in 2016. What was formerly called the Wilderness Medicine Institute is now simply NOLS Wilderness Medicine and its web site has been overhauled in the process. The wilderness medicine resources page is nicely separated into a variety of categories including medical case studies, wilderness medicine videos (YouTube links regarding patient assessment, splinting, and so on), practice tests, and curriculum updates. This page also allows for easy navigation to its wilderness medicine courses page with information regarding training specifically for medical professionals.
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact:
Description: The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) is a legal agreement amongst a growing number of states to provide expedited licensing for physicians practicing across state lines. As of August 2017, there are 22 states in various stages of implementing this compact. Sports medicine physicians continue to risk running afoul of the patchwork of state medical laws when traveling with teams or providing care on wilderness expeditions. With the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act apparently stalled in Congress, the IMLC is providing a definitive alternative for many physicians within all specialties to legally expand his or her practice into other states.
American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section:
Description: The American College of Cardiology (ACC) maintains a subsection of its web site geared specifically toward sports and exercise related cardiac conditions. It publishes abstracts of trending journal articles and expert analyses of important sports cardiology topics such as Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia. In addition, there are ACC and American Heart Association guidelines for a variety of issues including sudden cardiac death prevention and eligibility/disqualification criteria for competitive athletes with cardiac conditions. There also are a number of multimedia case reports regarding athletes with quiz questions regarding their management.
Cost: Free (additional content with ACC membership)
Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center YouTube Channel:
Description: Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center’s YouTube Channel contains a variety of resources to help patients better understand orthopedic injuries and prepare them for both office-based sports medicine procedures and common orthopedic surgeries. The first videos from 2012 include operating room footage of surgeries including anterior cruciate ligament repair, ulnar collateral ligament repair, rotator cuff repair, and others. These provide a useful and succinct overview for primary care sports medicine physicians in addition to giving patients an accurate depiction of an upcoming or potential surgery. This channel also includes office-based footage of ultrasound-guided platelet rich plasma injection and percutaneous trigger finger release, primarily useful in preparing patients for these procedures. Other content largely involves Andrews providers’ media commentary on various sports medicine topics.
Description: HOTSHOT is a new dietary product designed to both prevent and treat exercise-induced muscle cramps. A product of Flex Pharma, it was invented by Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Nobel Laureate Roderick MacKinnon, MD in collaboration with Harvard Medical School Professor Bruce Bean, PhD. This web site contains links to a variety of research publications and presentations which have demonstrated the effects of this product on oropharyngeal transient-receptor-potential channels which inhibit alpha motor neuron hyperactivity. This low risk, novel approach to decreasing the frequency and severity of muscle cramps appears to present a viable treatment option for both patients and clinicians who have been vexed by this issue for decades.
Cost: Research Access—Free. Product—Variable Cost Per Treatment of ~ US $6.00