FAMILY MATTERS: New guide addresses common sports injuries

“The Sports Medicine Media Guide: An Illustrated Resource on the Most Common Injuries and Treatments in Sports” is now available online and in print from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 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 Dr. David Geier, chairman of the AOSSM Public Relations Committee.

The guide is divided into 20 chapters, each focusing on a specific injury and providing information on cause, diagnosis and treatment, as well as related definitions, statistics and resources.  Chapters are written by an “expert consultant,” an orthopaedic surgeon or other physician 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

• MRSA Infections

• AC Joint injuries

• Treatment of Tendon/Ligament

• Articular Cartilage Injuries

• Platelet-Rich Plasma

• Concussions

• Rotator Cuff Tears

• The Injured ACL

• Shoulder Dislocations

• Exercise and the Mature Athlete

• SLAP Tears

• Meniscal Tears

• Sudden Cardiac Death

• Shoulder Impingement

•Throwing Injuries in Children

• Anabolic Steroids

• Overuse Injuries

• Stress Fractures

• Heat Illness

The guide is available at the AAOS website,

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.


25,000 ankle sprains occur in the U.S. each day

150,000 ACL injuries occur in the U.S. each year

Heat stroke is one of the three leading causes of death in athletes

3.5 million kids are treated for overuse injuries each year

1 in 75,000 high school and college athletes per year may experience sports-related sudden cardiac death


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