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Nadkarni, Lauren MD; Dexter, William W. MD, FACSM; Editor:

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Current Sports Medicine Reports: November 2018 - Volume 17 - Issue 11 - p 360-361
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000531
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High School Reporting Information Online (RIO™):

Dawn Comstock, PhD, and her staff at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado collect data weekly for the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study using an Internet-based tool. Injuries are reported by certified athletic trainers, and the data are analyzed to identify injury patterns and risk for high school sports participants. Their ultimate goal is to improve athlete safety, increase physical activity, and improve overall health. The web site is easy to use and frequently updated. Although they require a data agreement to formally analyze the data, they do have a significant number of data reports available from 2005 through 2017. Furthermore, the Publications section is an excellent resource for studies evaluating trends in high school sports injuries.

Cost: free

Electrotherapy on the Web:

This web site provides “educational resources for practitioners, students, and educators” in the field of electrotherapy. The main page is conveniently separated into links to modalities, news and research updates, and downloads including references and presentations. The curator, Professor Tim Watson, PhD, BSc (Hons), updates the site regularly, incorporates evidence-based practices, and posts links and references on Twitter nearly daily. Some of the modalities that are reviewed include ultrasound, iontophoresis, biofeedback, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and laser therapy. Modality reviews include basic principles, technical details, instructions for various applications, and references. There also is a link to the “contraindication grid” reference for common modalities. Lastly, although the web site is sponsored by Indiba Activ, they state that the content remains independent. Overall, this is a good resource for understanding and using electrotherapy modalities.

Cost: free

Appalachian Mountain Club:

This is an excellent resource for hikers and providers alike. Their mission is to promote the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoor environment along the Appalachian Trail. Although the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the advice and resources they provide are applicable to all hikers and wilderness adventurers. In the Resources and Training section, there are extensive gear lists, hiking and backpacking tips, and opportunities for leadership training and outdoor skills, which includes wilderness first aid. Furthermore, they offer a comprehensive outdoor leadership development program where, among other important topics, participants learn to prevent and manage backcountry risks and situations which may threaten life and limb. Aside from the benefits of physical activity, the AMC is committed to preserving the environment through trail maintenance, engaging the community in outdoor activity, and advocacy. The web site is easy to navigate, and the exciting graphics and compelling design make it enjoyable to learn about outdoor adventure preparedness.

Cost: free (courses available for a fee)

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Sports Ultrasound Online Didactics:

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Ultrasound Online Didactics web site includes 35 modules which were created by the AMSSM Ultrasound Committee. They are available for free to AMSSM members and non-members, but you do need to register on the web site. The 35 videos posted in 2015 cover principles of sports ultrasound as well as joint-specific videos which are separated by anterior, posterior, medial, and lateral evaluations of the joint. There also are videos which review pathology and common ultrasound-guided procedures for each joint. The videos include ultrasound images which correspond to the exam portrayed in the video, as well as some advice for how to adjust positioning to obtain clear views of important structures. This is an excellent resource particularly for new sports medicine providers.

Cost: free (paid membership optional)

Wilderness Medical Society:

The main web site for the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) has links to a vast array of unique learning opportunities for Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) members, including Adventure Continuing Medical Education (CME) trips which incorporate hands-on learning experiences for attendees. There also are links to more traditional conferences and newsletters. While the posted lectures on common topics only are available for purchase, there are free links to the WMS Practice Guidelines for many common ailments encountered in the wilderness, and all issues of the WMS Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Journal are free (except for the current issue). This is a great resource for providers who are interested in delivering care in remote or unique environments and are interested in learning more “outside the box” management strategies for training and illnesses that are not seen as frequently in a traditional clinical setting.

Cost: free (WMS membership is approximately $50)

Olympic Medical and Scientific Commission:

The Olympic Medical and Scientific Commission aims to “advise the International Olympic Committee (IOC), promote health and physical activity, and protect clean athletes.” One of the key features of this web site is access to 25 IOC Consensus Statements on topics including serious knee injuries in children, pain management, harassment and abuse in sport, exercise and pregnancy in sport, sports nutrition, and sudden cardiovascular death in sport. Furthermore, they support research by providing funds for antidoping studies and research centers specializing in elite athlete health. Their educational tools section ( provides a link to the free “Get Set — Train Smarter” injury prevention app which provides effective, evidence-based workout routines with descriptions and videos of the exercises. Lastly, there is an Olympic Movement Medical Code which defines the roles of medical providers as well as safeguarding the rights and health of athletes using evidence-based practices.

Cost: free

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