The Hughston Award is given annually for the most outstanding paper appearing in the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) prior to the award.  Jack C. Hughston, the founder of AJSM, is one of the pioneers in sports medicine.  Early on he recognized the need for immediate diagnosis and surgical correction of ligamentous injuries about the knee in order to achieve optimum results.  He performed numerous cadaver and clinical studies to develop the concept of anatomical repair of injured structures in the knee and developed a classification system based upon his clinical observations and studies.
Dr. Hughston served as President of AOSSM from 1974-75, Editor of AJSM during 1972-1990, and Chairman of AJSM from 1990-2001.  He also received the Mr. Sports Medicine Award from AOSSM in 1976. 
Dr. Hughston was instrumental in organizing other physicians throughout the country to form AOSSM.  In the late 1970s, he developed what became AJSM, which evolved into the pre-eminent journal for orthopaedic sports medicine in the world.  For these two achievements alone he will be forever recognized as one who had a true dedication to the field of sports medicine. 

Past Award Winners


A Prospective Analysis of Patients with Anterior Versus Posterior Shoulder Instability: A Matched Cohort Examination and Surgical Outcome Analysis of 200 Patients

Andrew S. Bernhardson, MD, Colin P. Murphy, BA, Zachary S. Aman, BA, Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD, and Matthew T. Provencher, MD, CAPT, MC, USNR


Operative Repair of Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Injury Versus Knee Brace in Children with an Acute First-Time Traumatic Patellar Dislocation: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Marie Askenberger, MD, PhD, Eva Bengtsson Moström, MD, PhD, Wilhelmina Ekström, MD, PhD, Elizabeth A. Arendt, MD, Anna Hellsten, RPT, Christina Mikkelsen, RPT, PhD, Per-Mats Janarv, MD, PhD


Double-Bundle Versus Single-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Prospective Randomized Study With 10-Year Results

Sally Järvelä, MD, PhD, Tommi Kiekara, MD, PhD, Piia Suomalainen, MD, PhD, Timo Järvelä, MD, PhD


Changes in Knee Osteoarthritis, Symptoms, and Function After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A 20-Year Prospective Follow-up Study

May Arna Risberg PT, PhD, Britt Elin Oiestad PT, PhD, Ragnhild Gunderson MD, Arne Kristian Aune MD, PhD, Lars Engebretsen MD, PhD, Adam Culvenory PT, PhD, Inger Holm PT, PhD


Autograft Versus Allograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Prospective, Randomized Clinical Study With a Minimum 10-Year Follow-up

Craig R. Bottoni, MD, Eric L. Smith, MD, CPT, James Shaha, MD, Steven S. Shaha, PhD, Sarah G. Raybin, BA, John M. Tokish, MD, CDR(Ret) Douglas J. Rowles, MD


Increased Risk of Osteoarthritis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A 14-Year Follow-up Study of a Randomized Controlled Trial 
Björn Barenius, Sari Ponzer, Adel Shalabi, Robert Bujak, Louise Norlén, and Karl Ericksson


A Prospective Randomized Study Comparing Double- and Single-Bundle Techniques for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Mattias Ahldén MD, PhD, Ninni Sernert RPT, PhD, Jón Karlsson MD, PhD, and Juri Kartus MD, PhD


Prospective Randomized Clinical Evaluation of Conventional Single-Bundle, Anatomic Single-Bundle and Anatomic Double-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: 281 Cases with 3-to 5-Year Follow-up
Mohsen Hussein MD, Carola F. van Eck MD, Andrej Cretnik MD, PhD, Dejan Dinevski PhD, Freddie H. Fu MD


Effect of Gender and Sports on the Risk of Full-Thickness Articular Cartilage Lesions in Anterior Cruciate Ligament-Injured Knees: A Nationwide Cohort Study from Sweden and Norway of 15,783 Patients
Jan Harald Røtterud MD, Einar A. Siversten MD, PhD, Magnus Forssblad MD, PhD, Lars Engebresten MD, PhD, Asbjørn Arøen MD, PhD


Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture: A Randomized, Controlled Study Comparing Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments Using Validated Outcome Measures
Katrina Nilsson-Helander MD, Karin G. Silbernagel PhD, PT, ATC, Roland Thomee, Eva Faxen, Nicklas Olsson, Bengt I. Eriksson, Jon Karlsson MD, PhD


Ligament Reconstruction: How the Loss of Normal Knee Motion Compounds other Factors Related to the Development of Osteoarthritis after Surgery
K. Donald Shelbourne MD, Tinker Gray MA


Characterized Chondrocyte Implantation Results in Better Structure Repair when Treating Symptomatic Cartilage Defects of the Knee in a Randomized Controlled Trial Versus Microfracture
Daniel B.F. Saris MD, PhD, Johan Vanlauwe MD, Jan Victor MD, Miroslav Haspl MD, PhD, Michael Bohnsack MD, Yves Fortems MD, Bruno Vandekerckhove MD, K. Frederik Almqvist MD, PhD, Toon Claes MD, Frank Handelberg MD, Koen Lagae MD, Jan Van Der Bauwhede MD, Hilde Vandenneucker MD, K. Gie Auw Yang MD, PhD, Mislav Jelic MD, PhD, Rene Verdonk MD, PhD, Nancy Veulemans Ir, Johan Bellemans MD, PhD, Frank P. Luyten MD, PhD


Equivalent Clinical Results of Arthroscopic Single-Row and Double-Row Suture Anchor Repair for Rotator Cuff Tears: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Francesco Franceschi MD, Laura Ruzzini MD, Umile Giuseppe Longo MD, Francesca Maria Martina MD, Bruno Beomonte Zobel MD, Nicola Maffulli MD, PhD, Vincenzo Denaro MD


Operative and Nonoperative Treatments of Medial Collateral Ligament Rupture With Early Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Prospective Randomized Study
Jyrki Halinen MD, Jan Lindahl MD, Eero Hirvensalo MD, PhD, Seppo Santavirta MD, PhD


Rehabilitation After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Comparison of Programs Administered over Two Different Time Intervals
Bruce D. Beynnon PhD, Benjamin S. Uh MD, Robert J. Johnson MD, Joseph A. Abate III MD, Claude E. Nichols III MD, Braden C. Fleming PhD, A. Robin Poole PhD, DSc, Haral Roos MD, PhD


Cell-Based Therapy for Meniscal Repair: A Large Animal Study
Giuseppe M. Peretti MD, Thomas J. Gill MD, Jian-Wei Xu MD, Mark A. Randolph MAS, Kenneth R. Morse MD, David J. Zaleske MD


Risk Factors Associated with Non-Contact ACL Injury: A Prospective Four-Year Evaluation of 859 West Point Cadets
COL John M. Uhorchak MD, COL Charles R. Scoville MPT, Glenn N Williams PT, SCS,    
COL (ret) Robert A Arciero MD, LTC Patrick St. Pierre MD, LTC Dean C. Taylor MD


A Comparison of Facial Protection and the Incidence of Head, Neck, and Facial Injuries in Junior A Hockey Players: A Function of Individual Playing Time

Michael. J. Stuart, MD


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Prospective Randomized Study of Three Surgical Methods 

Allen F. Anderson, MD, Robert B. Snyder, MD, A. Brant Lipscomb, Jr., MD


Biomechanical Analysis of a Double-Bundle Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Christopher D. Harner, MD, Marsie A. Janaushek, MD, Akihiro Kanamori, MD, Masayoshi Yagi, MD, Tracy M. Vogrin, MD, Savio L-Y Woo, PhD, DSc


The Natural History of Acute, Isolated, Nonoperatively Treated Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, Thorp J. Davis, MD, Dipak V. Patel, MD


10-year prognosis of Isolated and combined Medial and Collateral Ligament ruptures.  A matched comparison of 40 patients using clinical and radiographic evaluations.  

Magnus Lundberg, MD, Karola Messner, MD, PhD