Mission: Guide a collaborative research network (CRN) to foster multicenter research and support AMSSM efforts in patient care, education, advocacy, reimbursement and sustainability of members.  
  History: 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.  

  YESSSSports specialization, defined as the intense training in a single sport to the exclusion of other types of physical activity, is increasingly common during childhood and early adolescence. Early sport specialization may be a natural pathway for elite participation in certain individual sports that require advanced technical skills (e.g., tennis, gymnastics); however the necessity of early sport specialization in other sports is lesser known. Increasing evidence suggests a higher risk of burnout and injury among youth who specialize in a sport at a young, though limited research exists regarding potential performance benefits and long-term health of these early-specializing athletes.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged and must be received by April 1, 2019. After this date, advance registration will no longer be available so attendees should plan to register on-site the morning of April 12, 2019. Please note: Registration rates increase by $50 for on-site registration.

AMSSM members will be invited to sign up on the AMSSM Annual Meeting registration form. Alternatively, there will be a link available on the conference webpage for individuals (members and non-members) to register who are not attending the Annual Meeting. The cost to attend YESS! is $100 per registrant. In keeping with the mission of the AMSSM CRN, AMSSM members will receive a reduced registration fee.

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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. RFP
    • This RFP seeks to fund one or more collaborative research projects to address knowledge gaps in CRN priority research areas. The five priority research areas for 2017 include Bone Health, Cardiac Screening, Concussion, Sports Specialization & Athletic Performance, and Ultrasound. Proposed studies must be multi-site in design and clearly state the willingness and mechanisms of the awardee to lead collaborative research with other appropriate sites, institutions and/or AMSSM members. All PIs must be active members of AMSSM; PIs from both private practice and academic institutions are encouraged to apply. Proposed studies must address clinical questions relating to the practice of sports medicine and the care of patients. Letters of Intent are due June 30th, 2017.
  2. Operating Manual
  3. Strategic Plan


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