The American Journal of Sports Medicine

The American Journal of Sports Medicine

2015 Impact Factor: 4.517
2015 Ranking: 3/82 in Sport Sciences | 3/74 in Orthopedics
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Bruce Reider, MD Chicago, Illinois

eISSN: 15523365 | ISSN: 03635465 | Current volume: 45 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Monthly

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An invaluable resource for the orthopaedic sports medicine community, The American Journal of Sports Medicine is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, first published in 1972. It is the official publication of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)! The journal acts as an important forum for independent orthopaedic sports medicine research and education, allowing clinical practitioners the ability to make decisions based on sound scientific information.

This journal is a must-read for:

  • Orthopaedic Surgeons and Specialists
  • Sports Medicine Physicians
  • Physiatrists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Team Physicians
  • And Physical Therapists

Topics covered include:

  • ACL – injury & reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic techniques
  • Basic science relevant to clinical sports medicine, including the subjects of anatomy, biomechanics, and cell biology
  • Children & adolescents
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Epidemiology of sports injuries
  • Female athletes
  • Imaging studies
  • Surgical techniques for the knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle
  • Specific injuries including shoulder, knee and meniscus subjects
  • Rehabilitation & training
  • Sport specific subjects such as soccer, baseball and football issues
  • Treatment techniques

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

As a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, The AOSSM is a national organization of orthopaedic surgeons specializing in sports medicine, including national and international sports medicine leaders. The AOSSM works closely with many other sports medicine specialists and clinicians, including family physicians, emergency physicians, pediatricians, athletic trainers and physical therapists, to improve the identification, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Formed in 1972 primarily as a forum for education and research, the AOSSM has grown from its modest initial membership of fewer than 100 to close to 3,000.

Through research and advances in surgical and rehabilitation techniques, orthopaedic sports medicine specialists have been able to treat and rehabilitate athletes whose injuries were once career-ending and put them back in the game. Members must demonstrate continuing active research and educational activities in the field of sports medicine. Such activities may include service as a team physician at any level of competition, educating persons involved with the health of athletes, service to local, regional, national and international competitions, and the presentation of scientific research papers at sports medicine meetings.

The unifying interest of the membership is their concern with the effects of exercise and the monitoring of its impact on active individuals of all ages, abilities and levels of fitness.

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The American Journal of Sports Medicine, founded in 1972, is the official publication of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. It contains original articles addressed to orthopaedic surgeons specializing in sports medicine, and to team physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists focusing on the causes and effects of injury or disease resulting from or affected by athletic injury.

Bruce Reider, MD Chicago, Illinois
Associate Editors: Current Concepts
Timothy Foster, MD Boston, Massachusetts
Allen F. Anderson, MD Nashville, Tennessee
Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD Santa Monica, California
Associate Editors: Electronic Media and Randomized Trials
Brett D. Owens, MD Providence, Rhode Island
Associate Editors: Biomechanics
Braden C. Fleming, PhD Providence, Rhode Island
Associate Editors: Epidemiology and Statistics
James L. Carey, MD, MPH Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Associate Editors: Translational Biology
Scott A. Rodeo, MD New York, New York
Editor Emeritus
Robert E. Leach, MD; 1991-2001 Boston, Massachusetts
Founding Editor
Board of Trustees
Robert A. Stanton, MD, Chair Fairfield, Connecticut
Annunziato Amendola, MD Durham, North Carolina
Allen F. Anderson, MD Nashville, Tennessee
Robert A. Arciero, MD Farmington, Connecticut
Bernard R. Bach, MD Chicago, Illinois
Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD Columbus, Georgia
Diane L. Dahm, MD Rochester, Minnesota
Bruce Reider, MD Chicago, Illinois
Dean C. Taylor, MD Durham, North Carolina
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Louis C. Almekinders, MD Durham, North Carolina
Annunziato Amendola, MD Durham, North Carolina
Kyle Anderson, MD Southfield, Michigan
Jack T. Andrish, MD Cleveland, Ohio
Elizabeth A. Arendt, MD Minneapolis, Minnesota
Steven P. Arnoczky, DVM East Lansing, Michigan
Michael Askew, PhD Akron, Ohio
Alfred Atanda, MD Wilmington, Delaware
Olufemi R. Ayeni, MD, MSc, FRCSC Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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James Baldwin, MD Portland, Oregon
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    The American Journal of Sports Medicine is the official publication of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Manuscripts must not be under simultaneous consideration by any other publication, before or during the peer-review process. Papers presented at AOSSM meetings must be submitted to the Journal for first rights of refusal. Authors are responsible for submitting papers of presentations directly to the Journal. Articles published in AJSM may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the publisher.

    Manuscripts should cite any other work by one or more of the co-authors that is relevant to the subject matter of the current submission or that used any of the same subjects, animals, or specimens being reported in the current submission. This includes manuscripts that are currently under preparation, are being considered by journals, are accepted for publication, or already published. In any of these cases, the relationship to the current submission should be made clear.

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