Medical Publishing at AOSSM

In 2008, the Society consolidated its publishing activities under the Medical Publishing Group (MPG), which is overseen by the Medical Publishing Board of Trustees – formerly the AJSM Board of Trustees – to ensure close coordination of AOSSM’s publishing interests. The cornerstone publication of the MPG is the American Journal of Sports Medicine, which is owned by AOSSM.  The MPG set off on a new project culminating with the 2009 release of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, a collaborative journal published under the AOSSM's leadership, and the 2013 release of The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, the Society's first open access publication.

The American Journal of Sports Medicine

American Journal of Sports Medicine was founded as the Journal of Sports Medicine in 1972 and became affiliated with the AOSSM in 1974. In 1976 the Society bought the journal and changed its name. A separate Board of Trustees was established to insure editorial independence of the AJSM in 1979. After working with Williams and Wilkins, the Society decided to self-publish the AJSM in 1986. The AOSSM changed from self-publishing AJSM in 2003 and engaged Sage Publications to handle business operations of the Journal beginning in 2004.


The history of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, to some extent, parallels the growth and development of sports medicine, as a legitimate medical specialty.  A special thanks to Robert Leach, MD, former Editor-in-Chief and previous Chair of the AJSM Board, for compiling the below history of the journal. Dr. Leach served as AOSSM President in 1983-84 and is a member of the AOSSM Hall of Fame.

The journal today continues to thrive under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Dr. Bruce Reider.

 Download "A History of the American Journal of Sports Medicine"

Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, a bimonthly collaborative publication from the AOSSM, AMSSM, NATA, and SPTS, was developed as a means of gathering clinical treatment and original research articles and providing them in one concise location. The target audience encompasses all medical professionals involved in the training and care of the competitive and recreational athlete, including orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, primary care physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and others. The journal was found to be necessary as clinically useful information on the health of athletes, injury prevention, and the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports-related problems was felt to be scattered widely throughout the literature and not readily accessible to the individual seeking practical, clinical advice. In the 4 years since the first issue was published, Sports Health has provided a platform for clinicians to share their findings and promote new developments in the treatment of sports-related injuries. The Journal has found its niche in the publishing world and has been praised in the sports medicine community for all that it has been able to accomplish in its short history. See for more information.

The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine: An Open Access Journal for Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Knee Arthroplasty (OJSM) launched in May of 2013. OJSM is a global, peer-reviewed, open access journal that combines the interests of researchers and clinical practitioners across orthopaedic sports medicine, arthroscopy, and knee arthroplasty. The AOSSM is currently collaborating with over 15 international societies in the publication of OJSM so that the broader profession can participate in expanding the base of orthopaedic sports medicine literature.