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
A Collaborative Publication by: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Bruce Reider, MD Chicago, Illinois, USA

eISSN: 15523365 | ISSN: 03635465 | Current volume: 44 | Current issue: 11 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.

Associate Editors
Allen F. Anderson, MD Nashville, Tennessee
Scott A. Rodeo, MD New York, New York
Epidemiology and Statistics: James L. Carey, MD, MPH Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Biomechanics: Braden C. Fleming, PhD Providence, Rhode Island
Current Concepts: Timothy Foster, MD Boston, Massachusetts
Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Electronic Media: Brett D. Owens, MD West Point, 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, Jr., MD Chicago, Illinois
Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD Columbus, Georgia
Danielle L. Dahm, MD Rochester, Minnesota
Bruce Reider, MD Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dean C. Taylor, MD Durham, North Carolina
Editorial Board
John P. Albright, MD Iowa City, Iowa
Louis C. Almekinders, MD Durham, North Carolina
Annuziato Amendola, MD  
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 Jr., MD Wilmington, Delaware
Olufemi R. Ayeni, MD, FRCSC Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Frederick M. Azar, MD Memphis, Tennessee
James Baldwin, MD Portland, Oregon
Phillipe Beaufils, MD Le Chesnay, France
Bruce D. Beynnon, PhD Burlington, Vermont
Barry P. Boden, MD Rockville, Maryland
Daniel V. Boguszewski, PhD Los Angeles, California
Charles H. Brown, Jr., MD Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Charles A. Bush-Joseph, MD Chicago, Illinois
Gianluca Camillieri, MD Rome, Italy
James E. Carpenter, MD Ann Arbor, Michigan
Chih-Hwa Chen, MD Keelung, Taiwan
Shiyi Chen Shanghai, China
Moises Cohen, MD Cohen Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil
John Conway, MD Ft. Worth, Texas
Louis E. DeFrate, PhD Durham, North Carolina
Marlene DeMaio, MD Portsmouth, Virginia
Ron L. Diercks, MD Groningen, the Netherlands
Patrick J. Dijan, MD Paris, France
Jason L. Dragoo, MD Redwood City, California
Matej Drobnic, MD, PhD Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lars Engebretsen, MD, PhD Oslo, Norway
Paul Fadale, MD Providence, Rhode Island
Lutul D. Farrow Garfield Heights, Ohio
Julian A. Feller, MBBS Melbourne, Australia
Donald C. Fithian, MD El Cajon, California
Cristian A. Fontbote, MD Santiago, Chile
Freddie H. Fu, MD Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
William E. Garrett Jr., MD, PhD Durham, North Carolina
James G. Garrick, MD San Francisco, Calfornia
Pablo E. Gelber, MD Barcelona, Spain
Mark D. Grabiner Chicago, Illinois
Ben K. Graf, MD Madison, Wisconsin
Michael Elias Hantes, MD Larisa, Greece
Christopher D. Harner, MD Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Vojtech Havlas, MD, PhD Prague, Czech Republic
Richard J. Hawkins Greenville, South Carolina
Stephen M. Howell, MD Sacramento, California
Christophe Hulet, MD Caen, France
Mark R. Hutchinson, MD Chicago, Illinois
Andreas B. Imhoff, MD Munich, Germany
Eiji Itoi, MD, PhD Sendai, Japan
Timo Jaakko Jarvela, MD, PhD Tampere, Finland
Markku Jarvinen, MD, PhD Tampere, Finland
David P. Johnson, MD, FRCSC (Orth) Bristol, United Kingdom
Robert J. Johnson, MD Burlington, Vermont
Mustafa Karahan, MD Istanbul, Turkey
Keith Kenter Cincinnati, Ohio
Jin Goo Kim Seoul, Korea
Seung-Ho Kim, MD, PhD Seoul, Korea
Donald T. Kirkendall Cary, North Carolina
Dieter Kohn, MD Homberg / Saar, Germany
Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD Vail, Colorado
Mario V. Larrain, MD Buenos Aires, Argentina
L. Daniel Latt, MD, PhD Tucson, AZ, USA
Paulo Jose Llinas, MD Cali, Columbia
Michael Maloney, MD Rochester, NY, USA
David F. Martin, MD Winston-Salem, North Carolina
John M. Marzo, MD Buffalo, New York
David R. McAllister, MD Los Angeles, California
Eric C. McCarty, MD Boulder, Colorado
Ian D. McDermott, MBBS, MS, FRCS London, United Kingdom
Edward R. McDevitt, MD Arnold, Maryland
Edward McFarland, MD Baltimore, Maryland
Jacques Menetrey, MD Geneva, Switzerland
Antonio C. Miguel, MD Mexico City, Mexico
Bruce S. Miller, MD Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mark D. Miller, MD Charlottesville, Virginia
Robert H. Miller, MD Memphis, Tennessee
Peter J. Millett, MD Vail, Colorado
Nicholas Mohtadi, MD, FRCS Calgary, Canada
Michael A. Oberlander, MD Concord, California
John W. Orchard, MD, PhD, FACSP Kensington, Australia
Sam Oussedik, BSc MBBS FRCS (Tr&Orth) London, United Kingdom
Lonnie E. Paulos Salt Lake City, Utah
Giancarlo Puddu, MD Rome, Italy
Per A. Renstrom, MD, PhD Stockholm, Sweden
Derek Rutherford, PT, PhD Halifax, Canada
Marc R. Safran, MD Stanford, California
Hatem G. Said, MD, FRCSI Assiut, Egypt
Sven U. Scheffler, MD Berlin, Germany
K. Donald Shelbourne, MD Indianapolis, Indiana
Margaret Smith, PhD St. Leonards, Australia
Gary S. Solomon, PhD Nashville, Tennessee
Mark E. Steiner, MD Boston, Massachusetts
Michael J. Stuart, MD Rochester, Minnesota
Carol C. Teitz, MD Seattle, Washington
Laura Timmerman, MD Walnut Creek, California
Steve Tippett, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC Peoria, Illinois
Bruce C. Twaddle, MBChB, FRACS Auckland, New Zealand
Daniel C. Wascher, MD University of New Mexico
Thomas L. Wickiewicz, MD New York, New York
Savio L-Y. Woo, PhD Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Kazunori Yasuda, MD, PhD Sapporo, Japan
Yi-Meng Yen, MD, PhD  
Principal Reviewers
Rene Jorge Abdalla, MD, PhD São Paulo, Brazil
Ashraf Abdelkafy, MD Ismailia, Egypt
Scott McDowell Adams, MD Ellicott City, Maryland
Christopher S. Ahmad, MD New York, New York
Umut Akgun, MD Istanbul, Turkey
Sam Akhavan, MD Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
David W. Altchek, MD New York, New York
Masatoshi Amako Saitama, Japan
Peter Angele, MD  
Michael Angeline, MD Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Asbjørn Årøen, MD, PhD Nordbyhagen, Norway
F. Alan Barber, MD Plano, Texas
Michael Jacob Battaglia, MD Bellevue, Washington
Keith M. Baumgarten, MD Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Knut Beitzel, MA, MD München, Germany
Leslie J. Bisson, MD Amherst, New York
John Bojescul, MD Evans, Georgia
Ulrich Bosch, MD Hannover, Germany
Jefferson C. Brand, MD Alexandria, Minnesota
Barrett S. Brown, MD Houston, Texas
Brandon J. Bryant, MD Portsmouth, Virginia
Stefan Buchmann, MD Muenchen, Germany
Magali Cucchiarini, PhD Homburg/Saar, Germany
Jeffrey N. Davila, MD Washington, D.C.
Derik L. Davis, MD Baltimore, Maryland
Louis E. DeFrate, PhD Durham, North Carolina
Aman Dhawan, MD New Brunswick, NJ, USA
David R. Diduch, MD Charlottesville, VA, USA
Lee H. Diehl, MD Durham, NC, USA
Jeffrey R. Dugas, MD Birmingham, Alabama
Mohamed ElAttar, MB.BCH, MD Zagazig, Egypt
Douglas A. Evans, MD Maywood, IL, USA
Daniel N. Fish, MD Ridgefield, Connecticut
Robert W. Frederick, MD Villanova, Pennsylvania
Jason Freedman, MD Cambridge, Massachusetts
Robert August Gallo Hershey, Pennsylvania
Trevor Gaskill, MD Portsmouth, Virginia
Charles J. Gatt, MD Somerset, New Jersey
Robin M. Gehrmann, MD Wayne, New Jersey
C. David Geier, Jr, MD Charleston, SC, USA
James Warner Genuario, MD Lone Tree, Colorado
Michael S. George, MD Houston, Texas
Peter G. Gerbino, MD Monterey, California
Thomas J. Gill, MD Boston, Massachusetts
Andreas Gomoll, MD Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
John A. Grant, MD, PhD Saint John, Canada
John R. Green, MD Seattle, Washington
Yong-Chan Ha, MD Seoul, Korea
Christopher D. Hamilton, MD Bakersfield, California
Kyle E. Hammond, MD Atlanta, Georgia
Bryan T. Hanypsiak, MD Scarsdale, New York
Joshua David Harris, MD Houston, Texas
Robert S. Heidt, MD Cincinnati, Ohio
Roderich Heikenfeld, MD Herne, Germany
Sherwin S.W. Ho, MD Chicago, IL, USA
Barb Hoogenboom, MHS, EdD Grand Rapids, Michigan
Joseph Horton Alamogordo, New Mexico
Yinghui Hua, MM, PhD Chinese Society of Sports Medicine (CSSM)
Kristofer J. Jones, MD Los Angeles, California
Richard W. Kang, MD Chicago, Illinois
Rajeev Kelkar, PhD Sunnyvale, California
Anne M. Kelly, MD Uniondale, New York
Najeeb Khan, MD San Marcos, California
Miguel A. Khoury, MD Hudson, Argentina
Ata Kiapour, PhD Boston, Massachusetts
W. Ben Kibler, MD Lexington, Kentucky
Masahiko Kobayashi, MD, PhD Kyoto, Japan
Baris Kocaoglu, MD Istanbul, Turkey
Hideyuki Koga, MD, PhD Tokyo, Japan
Jason Lee Koh, MD Evanston, Illinois
Damian C. Kosempa, MD Greenfield, Wisconsin
Keith W. Lawhorn, MD Fairfax, Virginia
Lance E. LeClere, LCDR MC USN San Diego, California
Mark Jason Lemos, MD Burlington, Massachusetts
James P. Leonard, MD Orland Park, Illinois
Guoan Li, MD Boston, Massachusetts
Orr Limpisvasti, MD Los Angeles, California
Travis G. Maak, MD Salt Lake City, Utah
Rodrigo Maestu, MD Boulogne, Argentina
Suzanne A. Maher, PhD New York, New York
Krishna Mallik, MD Scottsdale, Arizona
Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS Wichita, Kansas
Malachy P. McHugh, PhD New York, New York
Gregory J. Menio, MD East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Thomas K. Miller, MD Roanoke, Virginia
Allan K. Mishra, MD Menlo Park, California
Yu Mochizuki, MD Hiroshima, Japan
William D. Murrell, MD Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Michael J. Pagnani, MD Nashville, Tennessee
Sang Eun Park, MD, PhD Seoul, South Korea
Thilo Patzer, MD Dusseldorf, Germany
Andrew T. Pennock, MD San Diego, California
John M. Popovich, PhD, DPT Lansing, Michigan
Matthew Posner, MD West Point, New York
Aaron D. Potts, MD Muskegon, Michigan
Michael J. Rainbow, PhD Cambridge, Massachusetts
Bart Rask, MD Hillsboro, Oregon
Neetu Rishiraj, PhD Vancouver, Canada
Michell Ruiz-Suarez, MD Mexico City, Mexico
Tim Saier, MD Murnau, Germany
Gonzalo Samitier, MD, PhD Madrid, Spain
Robert C. Schenck, MD Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mark S. Schickendantz, MD Cleveland, Ohio
Stephen Seward, DPT, MPT Fort Gordon, Georgia
Robert M. Shalvoy, MD Providence, Rhode Island
Orrin H. Sherman, MD New York, NY, USA
Seth L. Sherman, MD Columbia, Missouri
Theodore Shybut, MD Houston, Texas
Lorenzo Silvestri, MD Evergreen, Colorado
Jason E. Simon, MD Worcester, Massachusetts
Domenick J. Sisto Sherman Oaks, California
Mark Slabaugh, MD Aviano, Italy
Gary S. Solomon, PhD Nashville, Tennessee
Timothy N. Taft, MD Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Robert Tashjian, MD Salt Lake City, Utah
Samir G. Tejwani, MD Corona Del Mar, California
Gehron Treme, MD Albuquerque, New Mexico
Piero Volpi, MD Rozzano, Italy
Dharmesh Vyas, MD, PhD Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
William Robert Walsh, PhD Randwick, Australia
Hongsheng Wang, MD New York, New York
Coen Abel Wijdicks, PhD Vail, Colorado
William B. Workman, MD Walnut Creek, California
Thomas Y. Wu Oxnard, California
Miltiadis H. Zgonis, MD Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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.

    All review articles (such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses) submitted will be considered for the Current Concepts section. Authors with ideas for current concepts should contact the associate editor, Timothy Foster, MD, to find out if AJSM has recently published a review article on that topic of if there is a similar submission in progress. Contact Dr Foster at to inquire about your idea, or submit already completed papers directly to the journal at

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