AMSSM CRN Leadership Committee
  Guide a collaborative research network (CRN) to foster multicenter research and support AMSSM efforts in patient care, education, advocacy, reimbursement and sustainability of members.  
  In August of 2016, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) launched the AMSSM Collaborative Research Network (CRN) to further expand its research presence within the organization and to develop lasting collaborations external to AMSSM. The mission of the CRN is to foster collaborative multisite research among our members with a goal of advancing the practice of sports medicine.


CRN Advisory Committee
  The CRN Advisory Committee, comprised of thought and research leaders within AMSSM, is an important resource for the CRN Leadership Committee and essential for helping the CRN achieve its mission and initiatives. The CRN Advisory Committee regularly engages with the CRN Chair and AMSSM Research Director to stay up-to-date on progress and initiatives of the CRN.


CRN Leadership Committee
  The CRN Leadership Committee, comprised of experienced and interested AMSSM member researchers, is responsible for the strategic operation and activities of the AMSSM Collaborative Research Network. The members of the CRN Leadership Committee regularly interact with each other, active members and leaders of AMSSM and those involved in the larger sports medicine community in efforts to drive forward the practice of sports medicine through CRN affiliated research and initiatives.


CRN Goals (Click to View PDF)

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  1. CRN Grant Award
    • AMSSM and its Collaborative Research Network have awarded one $300,000 research grant to support quality, multi-site research seeking to address key priority areas within the field of sports medicine. The grant was funded by AMSSM and the AMSSM Foundation and was open to all AMSSM members, who were encouraged to connect with collaborators both within and outside of AMSSM. The grant was intended as seed money to provide data for major external grants to follow. In alignment with the mission of the CRN, proposals were required to include two or more sites. Additional Grant Awards are expected to become open in future years. You must be logged in to access the Grant Application.

  2. AMSSM CRN Youth Sports Toolkit (Play.Stay.Thrive) Research Grant 2021
    • The AMSSM Youth Sports Advocacy Team developed the Play.Stay.Thrive toolkit ( with information for coaches, families, healthcare providers and other stakeholders with information on how to promote safe and healthy sports participation. As a follow-up to the toolkit development, the CRN releases this call for scientific proposals to solicit innovative, collaborative strategies to (1) disseminate and then evaluate the impact and utilization of this toolkit within the youth sports community and (2) to further study topics addressed within the toolkit. The CRN aims to fund 2 such projects – one of which will be focused on assessment of the toolkit itself.

  3. 2021 Youth Sport Community Engagement Awards
    • To address these ongoing issues, the AMSSM Youth Sports Advocacy Team has developed a toolkit to provide coaches, families, healthcare providers and other stakeholders with information to promote safe and healthy sports participation. As a follow-up to the development of this toolkit, the Youth Sports Advocacy Team is excited to partner with the AMSSM Collaborative Research Network (CRN) to release these community engagement awards. We are asking AMSSM members to partner with organizations within their communities to (1) disseminate and share the Play.Stay.Thrive toolkit and messages contained within it and (2) promote healthy and safe youth sport participation for all kids. The intent of these awards is to support members in their commitment to interact with their local communities and community organizations through sport – including underserved and underrepresented populations. These are not research awards.

  4. RFP ("The Stephen I. Katz Bridge to R34 Grant)"
    • This RFP is uniquely designed to help investigators gather the necessary preliminary data and evidence to support planning and conduct of a future interventional clinical trial. Because the NIAMS R34 award mechanism does not allow for data collection to support the rationale and feasibility for a clinical trial, investigators can use this Bridge Grant funding opportunity to gather essential support. Either pilot or preliminary studies are eligible for this RFP. Pilot and feasibility studies are fundamental to the planning of a randomized clinical trial (RCT) and their purpose differs from that of an actual, large-scale RCT. The goal of an RCT is to assess the efficacy of an intervention when compared to a comparison group (hypothesis-driven); whereas the goal of a pilot or feasibility study is to assess whether a full RCT can and should be pursued (not hypothesis-driven). Pilot studies often operate as miniature RCTs and should be used to evaluate the feasibility of such things as recruitment, randomization, retention, new methods and procedures, and/or implementation of a new intervention. It is advantageous for the design of such studies to be similar to that of the proposed larger, subsequent clinical trial. Additionally, preliminary feasibility studies that aim to develop necessary interventions or outcome measures for a future clinical trial are also appropriate. The purpose of these studies is to assess whether or not an RCT will be feasible for a particular intervention introduced in a given population. Although control groups are not required in preliminary studies, the use of a control group allows for a more complete evaluation of the proposed study processes. Interested investigators are strongly encouraged to reach out to the CRN to discuss the appropriateness of their project idea for this Bridge Grant and to NIH NIAMS program officers to assess programmatic interest in the proposed topic prior to LOI submission.

  5. Avanos RFP
    • The AMSSM Collaborative Research Network (CRN) is pleased to release this request for proposals (RFP) addressing knowledge gaps in the management of osteoarthritis using cooled radiofrequency ablation techniques.

  6. CRN Operating Manual

  7. AMSSM Fellows Research Opportunity Manual

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