Description: ZygoteBody, formerly Google Body, is a web application managed by Zygote Media Group that renders manipulable 3D anatomic models of the human body. These models have several layers from the skin all the way down to the bones. Individual body parts can be studied by removing or making other layers transparent. Not only are most of the muscles, vessels, and nerves labeled and searchable, but other organ systems are cataloged and detailed as well. There are premium features that allow users advanced navigation of the models, ability to annotate and save specific scenes, and to view some high-definition models. While these tools may be helpful for some, they are certainly not necessary to gain excellent utility from the free site.
Cost: Free (option to get premium account in the U.S. for $4 per month)
Exercise is Medicine®:
Description: Exercise is Medicine® exists as an effort to prevent and treat chronic diseases with exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) manages this web site as part of the initiative to “make physical activity a ‘vital sign.’” The site is aimed at both health care workers and fitness professionals. The web site can aid providers in conversations with patients by assisting in promoting healthy participation in physical activity. Users can sign up for newsletters, obtain resources for starting programs to promote and educate people about physical activity, and download resources and educational materials. There are templates for prescribing exercise in healthy ways, patient education handouts about duration and timing of exercise and links to articles on specific topics, such as lower back pain or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Overall, the strength of this web site is that it provides information from a reliable source (ACSM) that can be useful to all groups of people in an easily accessible manor.
Description: VuMedi is an excellent video reference site. It is a platform that allows providers to post orthopedic talks, procedures, discussions, or cases. Other users are able to review these, comment, and give “thumbs up” to good videos. There are topics ranging from cervical spine to foot and ankle. There are multiple approaches to surgeries or procedures and this is a place to view demonstrations of these. Opportunities for CME are available. Webinars also are available and users are able to attend and participate in discussions. The web site membership is limited to physicians, fellows, residents, or members of the allied health community. To hold an account, the site asks for credentials to maintain the fidelity of the content uploaded.
Cost: Free (after signing up for a free account and having credentials verified)
Concussion Legacy Foundation:
Description: Popularity and awareness of concussions have increased like never before with the recent attention in both the news and academic community surrounding chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in NFL athletes. The Concussion Legacy Foundation (formerly the Sports Legacy Institute) is focused on “Solving the Concussion Crisis.” This organization was founded in 2007 by Chris Nowinski, PhD, and Robert Cantu, MD, FACSM. Their original goal was to change how concussions were understood and handled in sports. The web site is easily navigated and offers information of CTE, post concussive syndrome (PCS), concussions, personal stories, programs, and ways to get involved in the movement to help the cause against concussions. Information provided is evidence-based and there is even a section referencing links to peer-reviewed publications. They have worked with Boston University (BU) School of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to form the largest CTE tissue bank, which is now the BU CTE center. The site features a sign-up for users who would like to donate their brains to further research on CTE. Overall, the site is an excellent place for patients and medical providers to learn the basics of concussions and it provides opportunities to spread awareness of concussions.
Disabled Sports USA:
Description: Disabled Sports USA is a nonprofit organization that has served patients and athletes for 50 years. The mission of this organization is “to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation, and educational programs.” The web site has links to more than 30 different adaptive sports and describes what they are, what equipment is used, and where to find programs to participate in or volunteer. There are links to updated events happening all over the country, ways to get involved with volunteering, become an athlete, or find out recent news in the adaptive sport community. It is a very easy and straightforward web site to navigate, making it an excellent resource to refer patients to if they want to become more involved in adaptive sports.