American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
For Immediate Release Apr 19, 2015

2015 Award Winners Announced at 24th AMSSM Annual Meeting

Hollywood, Fla. (April 19, 2015) – The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) presented the following awards during its 24th Annual Meeting at the Diplomat Resort and Spa today (April 19, 2015).

Best Overall Research Award – M. Alison Brooks, MD, MPH for her research titled, Establishing the Psychometric Properties of the Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (Child SCAT3)

Harry Galanty Young Investigator Award – Michael Donaworth, MD for his research titled, The Use of Vision Training as a Means of Decreasing Concussion Incidence in Football.

The Harry L. Galanty, MD Young Investigator's Award is presented at the Annual Meeting for the most outstanding research presentation by a member who is a sports medicine fellow or who has recently completed fellowship training. The award was established in 2003 to honor Harry Galanty, MD, a charter member of the AMSSM, who passed away in 1999 at the age 36.  Dr. Galanty’s contributions to sports medicine combined service and a commitment to teaching and research.

NCAA Research Award- Heather Grothe, MD for her research titled, Change in Clearance Status with Implementation of the 2014 Female Athlete Triad Coalition Screening Guidelines in NCAA Athletes.

The NCAA Award for best research presentation addresses the health and safety issues of college athletes.

Best Overall Case Presentations –

  • Michael Rigby, DO for his case titled, A Season Ending Mountain Bike “Mudder” – With Career and Life Threatening Implications.
  • Erin Hammer, MD for her case titled, Weight Loss in a Collegiate Rower.

Resident Scholarship Award –  
Nicole Boniquit, MD
Samuel Chu, MD
Heather Grothe, MD
Andrea Kussman, MD
Lindsay Ramey, MD
Karin VanBaak, MD

The 2015 conference, with more than 1,500 sports medicine physicians attending from throughout the United States and around the world, explores current decisions, controversies and best practices related to return-to-play decision making that defines the clinical practice of sports medicine.

About the AMSSM Annual Meeting: The conference features lectures and research addressing the most challenging topics in sports medicine today including issues surrounding FIFA & soccer injuries, ACL injury prevention, cardiovascular disease, degenerative joint disease, the power of physical activity in maintaining a healthy population, baseball injuries, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, sports ultrasound, pediatric sports medicine, groin pain/athletic pubalgia and provocative issues dealing with return-to-play decision making.

About the AMSSM: AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of 2,700+ sports medicine physicians dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages. The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with fellowship training and added qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty. AMSSM includes members who specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth level, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, as well as with Olympic teams. By nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


NOTE: For more information, please contact the AMSSM, 4000 W. 114th St., Suite 100, Leawood, KS 66211, (913) 327-1415.

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