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Sports Health T. David Sisk Awards

The T. David Sisk Research Awards were established in 2010 to honor the best papers submitted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach in clinical, laboratory, and international research. The winners receive a $2,500 cash prize and a plaque.

Dr. Sisk was a strong proponent of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach and served as the Chairman of the AOSSM Medical Publishing Board of Trustees at the time when the creation of the new journal was proposed. He enthusiastically fostered Sports Health throughout its initial development and set the journal's course for its current success. Dr. Sisk was a former AOSSM President, Hall of Fame inductee and active member in the sports medicine community throughout his esteemed career. He died of cancer in July 2009 but his legacy of teaching and collaboration continues to live on.

Past Award Winners

Raphael Einsfeld Simões Ferreira, Rafael Leite Pacheco, Carolina de Oliveira Cruz Latorraca, Rachel Riera, Ricardo Guilherme Eid, Ana Luiza Cabrera Martimbianco for the Best Review Paper with "Effects of Caffeine Supplementation on Physical Performance of Soccer Players: Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis"

Fábio Carlos Lucas de Oliveira, Benoit Pairot de Fontenay, Laurent Julien Bouyer, François Desmeules, Jean-Sébastien Roy for the Best Original Research Paper with "Kinesiotaping for the Rehabilitation of Rotator Cuff–Related Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial"

Wesam Saleh A. Al Attar, Oliver Faude, Mohamed A. Husain, Najeebullah Soomro, Ross H. Sanders for the Best International Paper with "Combining the Copenhagen Adduction Exercise and Nordic Hamstring Exercise Improves Dynamic Balance Among Male Athletes: A Randomized Controlled Trial"


Meredith N. Turner, MD, Daniel O.Hernandez, MD, William Cade, MPH, Christopher P. Emerson, MS, John M. Reynolds, MLIS, Thomas M. Best, MD, PhD for Best Review Paper with “The Role of Resistance Training Dosing on Pain and Physical Function in Individuals With Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review”

Brett G. Toresdahl, MD, Kathryn McElheny, MD, Jordan Metzl, MD, Brittany Ammerman, MBS, Brenda Chang, MPH, James Kinderknecht, MD for the Best Original Research Paper with “A Randomized Study of a Strength Training Program to Prevent Injuries in Runners of the New York City Marathon”

Özge Tahran, PT, MSc, and Sevgi Sevi Yesilyaprak, PT, PhD for Best International Paper with “Effects of Modified Posterior Shoulder Stretching Exercises on Shoulder Mobility, Pain, and Dysfunction in Patients With Subacromial Impingement Syndrome”


Jennifer Cheng, PhD, Brittany Ammerman, BA, Kristen Santiago, BA, Bridget Jivanelli, MLIS, Emerald Lin, MD, Ellen Casey, MD, Daphne Ling, PhD for the Best Review Paper with "Sex-Based Differences in the Incidence of Sports-Related Concussion: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis"

Eric N. Bowman, MD, MPH, Rami Elshaar, MD, Heather Milligan, PT, Gregory Jue, PT, Karen Mohr, PT, Patty Brown, PT, Drew M. Watanabe, BS, Orr Limpisvasti, MD for Best Original Research Paper with "Proximal, Distal, and Contralateral Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Training on the Lower Extremities: A Randomized Controlled Trial"

A. Grethe Geldenhuys, MSc, BSc, Jeroen Swart, PhD, MPhil, MBChB, Andrew Bosch, PhD, MSc, BA, BSc for Best International Paper with "Investigation of the Impact of Below-Knee Compression Garments on Markers of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage and Performance in Endurance Runners: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial"

Robert A. Keller, Anthony F. De Giacomo, Julie A. Neumann, Orr Limpisvasti, and James E. Tibone for Best Review Paper with "Glenohumeral Internal Rotation Deficit and Risk of Upper Extremity Injury in Overhead Athletes: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review"

Michael M. Reinold, Leonard C. Macrina, Glenn S. Fleisig, Kyle Aune, and James R. Andrews for Best Original Research Paper with "Effect of a 6-Week Weighted Baseball Throwing Program on Pitch Velocity, Pitching Arm Biomechanics, Passive Range of Motion, and Injury Rates"

William G. Blakeney, Hervé Ouanezar, Isabelle Rogowski, Gregory Vigne, Meven Le Guen, Jean-Marie Fayard, Mathieu Thaunat, Pierre Chambat, and Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet for Best International Paper with "Validation of a Composite Test for Assessment of Readiness for Return to Sports After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The K-STARTS Test"

Eric G. Post, MS, ATC, David R. Bell, PhD, ATC, Stephanie M. Trigsted, MS, ATC, Adam Y. Pfaller, Scott J. Hetzel, MS, M. Alison Brooks, MD, MPH, and Timothy A. McGuine, PhD for Best Original Research Paper with “Association of Competition Volume, Club Sports, and Sports Specialization With Sex and Lower Extremity Injury History in High School Athletes”

Mark F. Reinking, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC, Tricia M. Austin, PT, PhD, ATC, Randy R. Richter, PT, PhD, and Mary M. Krieger, MLIS, RN for Best Review Paper with “Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome in Active Individuals: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Risk Factors”

Pierre L. Viviers, MBChB, MMedSc, MSc, FACSM, Jo-Anne H. Kirby, MBChB, MSc, Jeandré T. Viljoen, BSc, MPhil, and Wayne Derman, MBChB, BSc, PhD, FFIMS for Best International Paper with “The Diagnostic Utility of Computer-Assisted Auscultation for the Early Detection of Cardiac Murmurs of Structural Origin in the Periodic Health Evaluation”

Dustin A. Greenhill, MD, Paul Navo, MPH, Huaqing Zhao, PHD, Joseph Torg, MD, R. Dawn Comstock, PhD, and Barry P. Boden, MD for Best Original Research Paper with “Inadequate Helmet Fit Increases Concussion Severity in American High School Football Players”

Gregory D. Myer, PhD, Neeru Jayanthi, MD, John P. DiFiori, MD, Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, Adam W. Kiefer, PhD, David Logerstedt, PhD, and Lyle J. Micheli, MD for Best Review Paper with “Sports Specialization, Part II: Alternative Solutions to Early Sport Specialization in Youth Athletes”

Takumi Kobayashi, PhD, PT, Masashi Tanaka, MSc, PT, and Masahiro Shida, MSc, PT for Best International Paper with “Intrinsic Risk Factors of Lateral Ankle Sprain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”

Alisha Hak, MSc (cand), Krishan Rajaratnam, BSc, MD, FRCSC, Olufemi R. Ayeni, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Jaydeep Moro, MD, FRCSC, Devin Peterson, MD, FRCSC, Sheila Sprague, PhD, and Mohit Bhandari, MD, PhD, FRCSC for Best Original Research Paper with “A Double-Blinded Placebo Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating Short-term Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Reducing Postoperative Pain After Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: A Pilot Study”

David Wasserstein, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Ujash Sheth, MD, MSc, Alison Cabrera, MD, and Kurt P. Spindler, MD for Best Review Paper with "A Systematic Review of Failed Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Autograft Compared With Allograft in Young Patients"

Gabriele Cioni, MD, PhD, Andrea Berni, MD, PhD, Gian Franco Gensini, MD, Rosanna Abbate, MD, and Maria Boddi, MD, PhD for Best International Paper with “Impaired Femoral Vascular Compliance and Endothelial Dysfunction in 30 Healthy Male Soccer Players: Competitive Sports and Local Detrimental Effects"

Ira R. Casson, MD, David C. Viano, Dr Med, PhD, E. mark Haacke, PhD, Zhifeng Kou, PhD, and Danielle G. LeStrange, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC for Best Original Research Paper with “Is There Chronic Brain Damage in Retired NFL Players? Neuroradiology, Neuropsychology, and Neurology Examinations of 45 Retired Players”

Diego Villacis, MD, Anthony Yi, BS, Ryan Jahn, BS, Curtis J. Kephart, MD, Timothy Charlton, MD, Seth C. Gamradt, MD, Russ Romano, MA, ATC, James E. Tibone, MD, and George F. Rick Hatch III, MD for Best Original Research Paper with “Prevalence of Abnormal Vitamin D Levels Among Division I NCAA Athletes”

Ashwin L. Rao, MD, Jack C. Salerno, MD, Irfan M. Asif, MD, and Jonathan A. Drezner, MD for Best Review Paper with “Evaluation and Management of Wolff-Parkinson-White in Athletes”

Jaime Hinzpeter, MD, Álvaro Zamorano, MD, Diego Cuzmar, MD, Miguel Lopez, MD, and Jair Burboa for Best International Paper with “Effect of Active Versus Passive Recovery on Performance During Intrameet Swimming Competition”

Zachary D.W. Dezman MD, Eric H. Ledet PhD, and Hamish A. Kerr MD, MSc, FAAP for Best Original Research Paper with “Neck Strength Imbalance Correlates With Increased Head Acceleration in Soccer Heading”

Demetris Delos MD, Travis G. Maak MD, and Scott A. Rodeo MD for Best Review Paper with “Muscle Injuries in Athletes: Enhancing Recovery Through Scientific Understanding and Novel Therapies”

Taiki Yukutake PT, Minoru Yamada PT, PhD, and Tomoki Aoyama MD, PhD for Best International Paper with “A Survey Examining the Correlations Between Japanese Little League Baseball Coaches’ Knowledge of and Compliance With Pitch Count Recommendations and Player Elbow Pain”

Christian H. Coyle PhD, Sarah E. Henry MD, Amgad M. Haleem MD, Michael J. O’Malley MD, and Constance R. Chu MD for Best Original Research Paper with “Serum CTXii Correlates with Articular Cartilage Degeneration after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Transection or Arthrotomy followed by Standardized Exercise”

Evangelos Pappas PT, PhD, OS, and Wing M. Wong-Tom PT, MS, OCS for Best Review Paper with “Prospective Predictors of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis”

Stefano Della Villa MD, Lorenzo Boldrini MD, Margerita Ricci MD, Furio Danelon MD, Lynn Snyder-Mackler PT, ScD, FAPTA, Gianni Nanni MD, and Giulio Sergio Roi MD for Best International Paper with “Clinical Outcomes and Return-to-Sports Participation of 50 Soccer Players After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Through a Sport-Specific Rehabilitation Protocol”

Michael Lavagnino PhD, Steven Arnoczky DVM, Julie Dodds MD, and Niell Elvin PhD for Best Original Research Paper with “Infrapatellar Straps Decrease Patellar Tendon Strain at the Site of the Jumper’s Knee Lesion: A Computational Analysis Based on Radiographic Measurements”

K. Donald Shelbourne MD, Heather Freeman MPT, and Tinker Gray MA for Best Review Paper with “Osteoarthritis after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The Importance of Regaining and Maintaining Full Range of Motion”

Alberto Gobbi MD, Georgios Karnatzikos, Vivek Mahajan MD, and Somanna Malchira for Best International Paper with “Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment in Symptomatic Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: Preliminary Results in a Group of Active Patients”

Jeffrey S. Kutcher MD in Clinical Science with his paper "Management of the Complicated Sports Concussion Patient"

Scott A. Rodeo MD for Research Excellence in Basic Science with his paper "The Basic Science of Articular Cartilage: Structure, Composition, and Function"

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