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American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, July 10-13

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine was held from July 10 to 13 in Seattle and attracted more than 1,500 participants from around the world, including sports medicine specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and family physicians. The conference featured the latest advances in sports medicine, with presentations focusing on the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

In one study, Craig R. Bottoni, M.D., of Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and colleagues compared anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions using either tibialis allograft or hamstring autograft. The patients were followed for a minimum of 10 years.

"Interestingly, we found that 80 percent of the grafts survived at 10 years. However, there was a higher failure rate in the allograft group than the autograft group," said Bottoni. "The salient point is that this study was tightly controlled but only evaluated one type of allograft (tibialis posterior) and we cannot make any statement regarding other allograft types (i.e., bone-tendon-bone, Achilles, etc.)."

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In another study, Christopher C. Kaeding, M.D., of The Ohio State University in Columbus, and colleagues found that younger patients and those who are highly active are more likely to have a subsequent ACL injury in either knee after an ACL reconstruction.

"The study highlights that younger age, higher activity levels at time of injury and what type of graft used (allograft) may increase risk of same-side ACL injury within two years. With individuals having higher activity levels and lower age, re-tears on the opposite leg were more prominent," Kaeding said in a statement. "Physicians and physical therapists need to better educate our patients about continued neuromuscular training even after the immediate rehabilitation process has ended to help prevent future tears."

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Jane McDevitt, Ph.D., of Temple University in Philadelphia, and colleagues found that the genetic predisposition of athletes may play a role in slowing the recovery period from a concussion.

"The chance of prolonged recovery was four times greater for those carrying the homozygous long genotype compared to carrying the homozygous short or heterozygous genotypes," said McDevitt. "Based on the results of the present work, the prospective genotyping of athletes before the sport season could help improve monitoring and concussion management of athletes who experience concussion injuries; however, bigger cohorts and additional genes/variations should be investigated."

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AOSSM: Most NFL Players Return From Shoulder Stabilization

FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Return-to-play (RTP) rates for National Football League (NFL) players following shoulder stabilization are quite high, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, held from July 10 to 13 in Seattle.

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AOSSM: Frequency of 'Little League Shoulder' Increasing

FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Little league shoulder" (LLS) is being diagnosed with increasing frequency, predominantly in male baseball pitchers, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, held from July 10 to 13 in Seattle.

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AOSSM: Odds of Injury Up for Delayed ACL Reconstruction Sx

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For children with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, increased time to surgery is associated with a higher risk of meniscal and chondral injury, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, held from July 10 to 13 in Seattle.

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