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In Memoriam: Merv Cross

Knee surgeon Mervyn Cross, MD, MBBS, FRACS and AOSSM 2007 Hall of Fame Inductee, passed away on August 25, 2023 after a long battle with lung disease. He was 82.

Dr. Cross treated a wide range of patients in his 40-year career, from celebrities like Jack Nickalus to underserved communities. He founded or co-founded several renowned institutions including the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre, The Stadium Clinic and the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Research. Dr. Cross’ research was widely published in journals, textbooks and other outlets the world over. Among his many honors and achievements, he was Director of Orthopaedics for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and a Godfather Lecturer to the Herodicus Society in 2021. He and his son Tom, also an orthopaedic surgeon, developed the “Cross Bracing Protocol” to help give athletes a choice to attempt return-to-play without surgery.

Dr. Cross is survived by his wife Virginia and children Joe, Tom, Belinda and John and two grandchildren: Dr. Matthew Dowsett and Stephanie Dowsett. Read more about his life and career.

Education Update

Get Hands-On with Global Osteotomy Masters

Join international experts—and your colleagues from four continents—for a masters course in Osteotomies Around the Knee, Oct. 6-7 2023 at the OLC in Rosemont, IL. Hosted in partnership with ISAKOS, this course will demystify the technique of realignment osteotomy, providing attendees with practical treatment algorithms to address a variety of knee conditions from cartilage and meniscal injury to ligament deficiency to osteoarthritis.

The schedule is packed with opportunity! Day 1 features case review and surgical demonstrations from a “who’s who” of surgeons from around the world. On Day 2, you’ll be hands-on in the state-of-the-art lab. Each attendee will have a cadaver allowing for femoral and tibial procedures, plus access to sawbones to perform tibial and/or femoral procedures.

Register Today

8th Annual Fellows Course

AOSSM welcomed over 100 incoming sports medicine fellows July 28-29 for a memorable kick-off to their training year. With a focus on sideline and training room management, attendees gained valuable insight into return to play decision making principles and engaged with leading experts through panels and lectures. Led by Course Chairs Brian Forsythe, MD, Sommer Hammoud, MD, Peter Indelicato, MD and Jonathan Riboh, MD, more than 20 faculty presented on key topics such as sideline emergencies, concussions, spinal injuries, and common sideline foot and ankle, hip, knee and shoulder injuries and management. “Go/no-go” panels explored real-life cases, giving attendees opportunity to share their perspectives on return to play decisions. Thanks to generous support from our industry partners, a number of surgical demos were live-streamed giving fellows insight into surgical technique from world-class sports medicine surgeons.

Fellows also enjoyed a hands-on lab experience covering labral repair/SLAP, rotator cuff repair, meniscal repair and ACL reconstruction.

This course was made possible with generous financial and in-kind support from our AOSSM corporate partners, including: Arthrex, ConMed, Depuy Synthes, Riddell, Rosemont Public Safety, Smith + Nephew, Stryker, Vericel and Zimmer Biomet.

Mark Your Calendars!

Registration for Specialty Day 2024 opens Oct. 18! AOSSM and ASES will collaborate on a day of learning and connection, Saturday, Feb. 16 in San Fransisco as part of the AAOS Annual Meeting. Congratulations to the 2024 Kennedy Lecturer, Robert Arciero, MD.

AOSSM is proud to partner on the SOMOS Extremity War Injuries XVII symposium, Jan. 15-17, 2024, in Washington, D.C. The EWI symposia seek to identify the top orthopaedic research priorities for the wounded warrior and tactical athlete.

Start making plans for the AOSSM 2024 Annual Meeting, July 10-14 in Denver. Hotel reservations are open!

Publishing Update

Free AJSM/ESSKA Webinar Sept. 26, 2023

The American Journal of Sports Medicine is proud to present a joint webinar with ESSKA. Join us Sep 26, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00p.m. CDT for "Anterior shoulder instability: Cutting edge techniques in the quest for stability.” Traumatic anterior glenohumeral dislocation is one of the most common shoulder injuries among athletes. Treatment options are still sometimes controversial when it comes to indications for surgery, timing of surgery, and choice of procedure, and recommendations vary from one geographic region to another. Our international faculty of experts from AJSM and ESSKA will hold a their case-based discussion in this free webinar. Register today!

Available now! The First Special Issue of VJSM with ACL Study Group

The Video Journal of Sports Medicine and the ACL Study Group announce a special issue of VJSM published September through October 2023. Focused on one of the most researched areas in knee surgery, this open-access issue, edited by co-guest editors Tim Spalding, MD and Seth Sherman, MD, features contributions from across the globe that help the field better understand repair and management of this "little ligament."

The special issue reflects the international scope of the ACL Study Group and features informative videos with techniques ranging from revision ACL, ALL repair and reconstruction, return to sport following reconstruction and other special cases. Read now!

Call for Papers: Load Management

In recognition of the importance of Load Management to professional athletes, military personnel, artistic performers (eg, circus and dancers), adolescent and Masters athletes, and the general population, and to clarify what it is—and what it is not—Sports Health is devoting a special issue to the topic. Read more from guest editor Tim Gabbet, PhD, on the purpose.

Papers that have a clear applied outcome and encompass one or more of the training principles under the Load Management umbrella will be considered for peer review. We look forward to your contribution to this leading-edge special issue. To be considered, please email the title of your paper to [email protected] ASAP and submit your paper for peer review by December 1, 2023.

Catch the Latest Episode of the Easy Reider Podcast

AOSSM Executive Editor and AJSM and OJSM Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Bruce Reider, interviews high-profile leaders in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine to delve into their personal stories and explore their insights into the world of the sports medicine community.

New episodes publish the first of every month! September’s guest is Moises Cohen, MD, PhD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and past president of 5 major orthopaedic organizations. Dr. Cohen shares his journey from magazine office boy to orthopaedic surgeon, shifting perspectives on ACL injury treatment, the inspiration he gained from Epcot Center and more. Listen now!

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