Defining Elite Athletes in Sports Medicine Research 

In sports medicine research on post-injury outcomes, there exists substantial variability in the criteria used to define elite athletes and non-elite athletes. “Elite” has generally encompassed those who compete at the professional or international level, but inconsistently included are athletes who compete at the intercollegiate or high school level. The aim of this survey is to define and assign categories of athletic performance (Elite, Competitive, Recreational) to enable more accurate reporting and facilitate relevant comparisons between future publications on outcomes in sports medicine. The survey contains 1 question and should take less than 2 minutes to complete.

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Reporting of Knee MRI Results

This survey was developed with radiologists and orthopaedists regarding structural reporting of knee MRI findings. Our goal is to find out the differences in how radiologists are reporting, compared to which information the orthopaedic surgeons and clinicians need to be reported to serve our patients best. We believe the information obtained with this international survey crossing orthopedics and musculoskeletal radiology could greatly enhance how knee MRI results are communicated.

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Surgeon Preferences for the Latarjet Procedure

The Latarjet procedure and its modifications have become well-accepted for treating anterior shoulder instability in the setting of glenoid bone loss and/or recurrent instability after arthroscopic stabilization. However, there exist significant variances in surgical technique, coracoid graft fixation method, and post-operative rehabilitation parameters amongst surgeons performing Latarjets. For example, some surgeons perform concurrent arthroscopy, while others do not. Likewise, some perform a “French” technique while others advocate for a “congruent arc.” The primary aim of our survey is to characterize current Latarjet practice. A secondary aim will be to determine if there are differences that relate to surgeon fellowship training (i.e sports medicine versus shoulder/elbow).

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Management of Massive Rotator Cuff Tears

This brief survey will help shed light on the controversial topic of massive rotator cuff tear management and superior capsular reconstruction. Despite many articles addressing surgical outcomes, little is known about what surgeons are actually doing in their surgical practice as it pertains to rotator cuff repairs and superior capsular reconstruction.

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Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures: Current Landscape of Treatment

Quadriceps tendon ruptures are rare but debilitating injuries generally requiring surgical repair to restore knee extension. Multiple surgical techniques and rehabilitation protocols are currently utilized without consensus on the optimal approach.  Recent evidence suggests delayed rehabilitation (>6 weeks) may result in decreased extensor lag and fewer revision surgeries. The goal of this cross-sectional survey is to determine the current surgical technique and post-surgical treatment practices of orthopaedic surgeons and better assess need for further investigation.

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