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Current Sports Medicine Reports: May 2019 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - p 159-160
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000592
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Description: is a web site that was created by Annelies van der Plas, who is a musculoskeletal radiologist at Maastricht UMC in The Netherlands. On the web site, she states that during her training, she noted a serious lack of educational radiology, particularly musculoskeletal, resources. This led her to create the StartRadiology web site in 2014. The web site consists of tutorials, which are categorized by both technique (X-ray, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound) and body part. There also are tutorials on the basics of radiation and dosing. The web site is easily accessible and allows users to choose their “class” with subspecialties such as emergency, general surgery, and orthopedics. From there, they can choose a body part and imaging modality to further study. The Orthopedics section covers all major joints with tutorials about the most common pathologies seen. There also is a “test yourself” section to allow users to quiz their knowledge. The web site is now fully supported by Leiden University (The Netherlands) Medical Center's radiology department. New tutorials are added regularly.

Cost: Free


Description: ZGiRLS is a nonprofit organization started by Olympic and NCAA athletes whose mission statement is “to equip girls in sports with the tools and perspective they need to be confident, centered, and courageous.” ZGiRLS pairs groups of young female athletes or “circles” with mentors to work on life-skills, leadership, and empowerment, with the goal of helping girls to be successful in sport and life. It is targeted at girls ages 11 to 14 yr, but girls up to 16 yr old are encouraged to participate. Older girls can participate as mentors. A ZGiRLS circle consists of a minimum of five girls, often athletes from the same team or school. ZGiRLS will match the circle with a mentor who is a current/former collegiate or professional/Olympic athlete. Together, they cover a total of 30 topics from the ZGiRLS curriculum. The curriculum is designed by sport psychologists, curriculum developers, and mental health counselors. Topics include confidence, nutrition, self-esteem, body image, social media, and communication. The web site is free to use, and girls may participate in the ZGiRLS program for free. There also are camps that take place throughout the summer that cost US $1495.00. Scholarships are available.

Cost: Free

Mobility WOD

Description: This web site is founded by Physical Therapist Kelly Starrett, DPT. Initially formed as a YouTube channel of instructional mobility and strengthening videos, it has now expanded to a library of hundreds. It claims to be the world's most comprehensive database of guided movement, mechanics, and mobility instructional videos. Users of the web site can watch videos with the goal of improving performance and/or eliminating pain. This web site offers mobility treatment protocols for many musculoskeletal complaints including knee, shoulder, and spine injuries. Subscribers of the web site also have access to webinars with in-depth discussions of common problem areas. Dr. Starrett also hosts courses both online and in person, with topics that include functional training for adaptive athletes, strength and conditioning for clinicians, the athletic shoulder, and pelvic floor health for men and women. This web site is easily accessible; a paid subscription allows access to the full video library.

Cost: 10-day free trial, $9.99/month thereafter

The Challenged Athlete Foundation

Description: The Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF) is a group that provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities to pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The foundation initially began to help fund an accessible van for Jim MacLaren, an athlete who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and years later became a tetraplegic due to a second accident. The foundation has now raised more than US $76 million dollars and has helped tens of thousands of disabled people access fitness and sports. CAF offers grants to fund travel, competition, coaching, training, equipment, and prosthetic expenses for disabled people wishing to participate in sport. The foundation also holds camps and clinics that are free for all attendees and volunteers. CAF's Operation Rebound works to provide physical and mental health services to veterans, military, and first responders with permanent physical disabilities, using sport as a tool for community re-integration. The web site is updated regularly and provides information on all of their programs and events. It also offers a sign-up tool for those seeking mentors in the adaptive athlete community.

Cost: Free


Description: OutSports is a web site that is part of the SB Nation sports blog network. This web site offers news about openly gay and transgender professional athletes. There also are regular updates regarding sport-specific LGBTQ inclusion policies, bringing awareness to LGBTQ issues in sport at both local and national levels. The web site's motto is “Courage is Contagious,” and it offers an extensive database of coming out stories written by collegiate and professional athletes. The web site is free and easily accessible and houses a message board for fans to interact with one another. This web site is updated almost daily.

Cost: Free

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