The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have collaborated to publish a comprehensive guide to sports injuries, which they released on the Internet today. Written in easily accessible language, it was created to provide journalists with comprehensive and trustworthy information about important issues in sports medicine. However, physicians may also find it useful as a resource for patients or the parents of the youngest athletes.
The 33-page guide not only deals with common sports-related injuries such as rotator cuff tears, stress fractures, and ankle sprains. It also confronts controversial issues such as steroid use, treatment with platelet-rich plasma, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, and sudden cardiac death during athletic activity.
Another brief chapter provides guidance for "mature" athletes on how to exercise safely.
Each of the sections includes detailed medical illustrations of the body parts affected by particular injuries, and medical doctor-authors are identified for all of the topics.
The multi-colored guide is offered in easily printable PDF format.
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