American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)/American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Announce New Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Media Guide

Published: Sep 28, 2011

Rosemont, Ill. – The Sports Medicine Media Guide: An illustrated Resource on the Most Common Injuries and Treatments in Sports is now available online from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

The new, 33-page guide provides comprehensive, easy-to-understand descriptions of common sports injuries, from ankle sprains and concussions, to cardiac arrest and heat stroke.

“AOSSM and AAOS have worked to create a guide for media professionals that we hope will provide clear, unbiased information about sports injuries and treatments for athletes of all ages and skill levels,” said David Geier, MD, Chair, AOSSM Public Relations Committee.

“This guide is a must-have resource for sports reporters who want to simply and accurately explain common sports injuries,” said Michael F. Schafer, Chair, AAOS Communications Cabinet.

The guide is divided into 20 sections, each focusing on a specific injury and providing information on causes, diagnosis and treatment; as well as related definitions, statistics and resources. Sections are written by an “expert consultant” – an orthopaedic surgeon or other medical professional specializing in the particular injury or condition – who offers insight on what to expect in recovery, how to avoid injury and how to get back into the game. High-resolution photographs and medical illustrations provide additional detail, and can be used in news stories to further explain an athlete’s injury.

The Sports Medicine Media Guide includes the following chapters:

- Ankle Sprains

- AC Joint injuries

- Articular Cartilage Injuries

- Concussions

- The Injured ACL

- Exercise and the Mature Athlete

- Meniscal Tears

- Shoulder Impingement

- Anabolic Steroids

- Stress Fractures

- MRSA Infections

- Treatment of Tendon/Ligament

- Disorders with Platelet-Rich Plasma

- Rotator Cuff Tears

- Shoulder Instability/Dislocations

- SLAP Tears

- Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

- Throwing Injuries in Children

- Overuse Injuries

- Heat Illness

The guide is available at the AOSSM website at

As always, AAOS and AOSSM staff is available to provide information and expert interviews on orthopaedic injuries and conditions.


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. For more information on AOSSM or the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, visit or

About AAOS

An orthopaedic surgeon is a medical doctor with extensive training in the diagnosis and non-surgical as well as surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. With more than 36,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons ( is the premier not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions the interests of patients and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal health. Orthopaedic surgeons and the Academy are the authoritative sources of information for patients and the general public on musculoskeletal conditions, treatments and related issues. An advocate for improved patient care, the Academy is participating in the Bone and Joint Initiative ( — the global initiative in the years 2002–2011 — to raise awareness of musculoskeletal health, stimulate research and improve people’s quality of life.

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