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

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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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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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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Physician Review Websites and Social Media Usage

The relationship between orthopaedic surgeons and their patients has evolved rapidly in the era of social media and online physician rating websites. The purpose of this survey is to evaluate baseline characteristics of social media usage and online review perceptions among orthopaedic surgeon sports medicine specialists.

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Capitellum Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the humeral capitellum results from repetitive stress on the lateral elbow in adolescent athletes. The prevalence in adolescent baseball players is approximately 1-3%. The clinical course, treatments, and outcomes vary significantly. Most outcomes are limited to case series and there are no agreed upon standards of treatment. Further investigation is needed to improve the treatment of these lesions to improve patient outcomes. This 15 question survey will identify current practice trends among surgeons for the treatment of OCD lesions.

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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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Treatment and Outcome Decision Making for Subscapularis Tendon Tear

Despite efforts to define a new classification system for subscapularis tear (SCT) there is no universally accepted classifications. This survey aims to gather practices and trends among orthopaedic surgeons on management of SCT to objectively quantify various experiences of surgeons.

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Trends in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Recovery Protocols

This survey aims to better understand and quantifying ACL recovery protocols by AOSSM members, and as a part of a larger project to quantify age specific, sport specific recovery protocols after ACL reconstruction. We aim to ascertain the processes sports surgeons are following in clinical practice and how we can tailor our research to develop clinically applicable protocols.

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International Trends in Ligament Augmentation Repair

The ISAKOS Leg Ankle Foot Committee invites you to participate in a brief survey of current practices in the use of ligament augmentation (e.g., internal brace) in the surgical management of ligamentous injuries in patients. This survey will help us better understand current international trends in the use of ligament augmentation techniques, including frequency,  indications, and limitations, to improve educational programs, surgical and rehabilitation techniques, and patient outcomes. The survey includes all anatomic regions where ligament augmentation devices are in current use. If you do not currently use ligament augmentation devices in your practice, please complete this survey as all input is valid.

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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