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.
2019 Youth Early Sport Specialization Summit (YESS!)

  Brief Summary of YESSS Process & Outcomes


CRN Advisory & Oversight Committee
  The CRN Advisory & Oversight 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 A&O 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

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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Operating Manual

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