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Sports medicine--past, present, and Nicholas JA. - last modified 2013-05-20 15:27
Am J Sports Med. 1980 Nov-Dec;8(6):389-94.


It is a great and privileged moment in my life to speak before

you today as the president of this vigorous society. The American

Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) has

played a key role in shaping how the vast field of orthopaedic

surgery relates to sports medicine. I look back with amazement

as well as pride at the impact of the AOSSM on the evolution

of sports medicine over just the last 7 years.

Sports medicine did not receive attention during the Great

Depression of the 1930s, through the Second World and Korean

Wars. Yet, in the past 30 years, the science of sports

medicine and fitness has developed into a multidisciplinary

field which affects many facets of our lives. We have witnessed

a fitness explosion in this country and the public has responded

with a surging involvement in sports participation. We meet

today as a testament to this growth, as scientists who must be

experts in the disciplines of sports medicine, and as practitioners

who must both treat athletic injuries and answer the array

of fitness questions.