Member Sponsored Surveys

We offer our members the opportunity to conduct and participate in surveys as a research method used for collecting data to gain information and insights into various sports medicine topics of interest.

Participation Surveys

Surgeon Experience with Trochleoplasty in Patellofemoral Instability

This survey aims to assess the current indications for use, techniques used, post-operative management and complication profile of trochleoplasty in the management of patellofemoral instability. Reported indications for trochleoplasty vary. While most commonly described for use in patients with high-grade dysplasia without patellofemoral arthritis or angular or rotational limb deformity, others feel it should be used more selectively such as convex trochlea where more traditional stabilization techniques may be insufficient while others feel it is only appropriate in the revision setting when other treatments have failed. In the realm of pediatric patients, there also remains uncertainty regarding the use of this technique among the skeletally immature. Though traditionally described only for use in patients with closed physes, recent work has highlighted safe utilization of this technique in patients with less than 2 years of growth remaining without evidence of growth disturbance.

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Bracing After ACL Reconstruction

It is well known that practice patterns vary among orthopaedic surgeons caring for patients who have undergone anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Bracing after ACL reconstruction is an aspect of post-operative care that requires further research. The objective of this short survey is to gain a better understanding of current practice patterns among orthopaedic surgeons regarding knee bracing following ACL reconstruction.

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Return to Collegiate Athletic Competition During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the pause of countless athletic events given health and safety concerns. Some institutions returned to competition sooner than others, but the collaboration and processes by which this occurred is unknown. The purpose of this survey is to collect information regarding the role of Sports Medicine Physicians from different primary residency training backgrounds and their affiliated college or university’s return to athletic competition.

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Musculoskeletal Pain in Sports Medicine Surgeons

Musculoskeletal pain is common among all surgeons, particularly orthopedists due to strenuous postures and the considerable physical efforts required in limb manipulation. Sports medicine surgeons participating in arthroscopy are at a particularly high risk due to the flexed neck and elevated shoulder position during these procedures. The goal of this 5-minute survey is to identify the prevalence and quantify the extent of work-related musculoskeletal pain and evaluate beliefs regarding surgical ergonomics.

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Meniscal Implant Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gather data from practicing sports medicine orthopedic surgeons regarding their general opinions on meniscal implant surgery as treatment alternative for complex meniscal pathology. This survey will serve to provide researchers the insight as to what the current thought process is on synthetic meniscal implants in the current orthopedic medical community. Knowing what the advantages, disadvantages and current trending practices are will help researchers determine the importance of these products and the procedures that accompany them.

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Patterns of Hip Capsular Closure Management for Hip Arthroscopy Procedures

Significant variability exists in the literature and in clinical practice regarding capsular management patterns in hip arthroscopy, namely in the type of capsulotomy performed and methods of capsular closure. With the rise in incidence of hip arthroscopy procedures in recent years, we are interested in better understanding the range of practices and factors that influence treatment decisions during hip arthroscopy. As such, the goal of this survey is to help establish an expert consensus on current hip capsular management practices.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Surgeon Preferences

The purpose of this survey is to determine the current operative management techniques for the ACL-deficient knee. This survey has been previously delivered and published three times before. Collecting and analyzing the preferred management strategies will elucidate the development in treatment progression over the previous two decades and will highlight areas for potential improvement.

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How Would You Rehab This Meniscus Repair?

Rehabilitation protocols following meniscus surgery continue to evolve, as our understanding of meniscus biomechanics and surgical techniques continue to improve. Using arthroscopic photos, we seek to poll AOSSM surgeons to understand the current dogma for meniscus surgery rehabilitation.

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Conducting a Survey

Interested in posting a survey related to orthopaedic sports medicine? Please send the following information to Kevin Boyer. All requests will be reviewed for suitability. Commercial product surveys are not permitted.

1. Survey Title
2. Survey link to the main project website or online survey  
3. Survey Close Date
4. Survey Author and Institution
5. Sponsoring AOSSM Member in good standing  
6. Brief paragraph describing the survey and objectives
7. When applicable, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval