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American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting, July 12-15, 2007

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

The 2007 annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) took place July 12 through July 15 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With a focus on molecular biology, the meeting highlighted the changing playing field of sports medicine.

"The meeting was extremely well-attended and a lot of people stayed the whole time," said program chair Jim Bradley, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh. "It was a fair and balanced program with 14 countries including the United States represented."

Of 358 abstracts submitted, just 52 were accepted, he said. "We had stellar abstracts and very good interaction between participants and faculty."

Of note, "there was an emphasis on the use of biologics in sports medicine that looked at where we are now and where we are going," Bradley said.

"There is a plethora of new knowledge and we are moving at an exponential rate with stem cells and seeded scaffolds and hyaluronic acid- and collagen-based scaffolds," he added. "We are moving toward molecular biology rather than screws and nails and plates."

Another key session looked at hamstring injuries. "It covered the biology and treatment of hamstring injuries and proposed new grading systems," Bradley said. "It was a very good session because every sports medicine person in the country deals with hamstring injuries," he said. "We just can't get away from them."

Buddy Savoie, M.D., of Tulane University in New Orleans, agreed. "There was some new cutting-edge stuff on hamstrings including injecting things into hamstring injuries," he said.

"The session on the use of growth factors and gene therapy to speed healing was also informative," he added. "There were presentations on coating sutures with growth factor and placing them in cartilage and tendon injuries in conjunction with surgical repair to speed up and manage the healing process," he said.

"All in all, it was terrific," Savoie said. "The meeting was well organized and well done."

AOSSM: Teen Baseball Players Have Shoulder Changes

FRIDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- The shoulders of young baseball players undergo changes in bone and soft tissue that aren't necessarily a cause for concern, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract (P.74)

AOSSM: Surgery Effective for Athletic Hernia

MONDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Athletic hernia responds well to surgical repair using tension-free mesh followed by a standardized rehabilitation protocol, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract (P.79)

AOSSM: Gender Disparity Seen in Knee Surgery Recovery

MONDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients who undergo arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, short-term recovery is poorer among women and in patients with osteoarthritis, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract (P.54)

AOSSM: Arthroscopy Helps Tennis Elbow in Long Term

MONDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Arthroscopic release is an effective treatment for intractable lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and its results hold up over the long term, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract (P.80)

AOSSM: Neoprene Sleeve Beneficial After ACL Surgery

FRIDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- In patients who undergo anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, there is no difference in recovery between those who use inexpensive neoprene sleeves and those who use expensive functional knee braces, according to the results of a randomized trial presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract (P. 23)

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