Welcome to the PRiSM Spring 2020 Newsletter. We are excited to re-launch the newsletter in 2020 to help keep you, the membership, up to date on important PRiSM activities and information. Our plan is to provide 3 newsletters per year to continue to inform you of all PRiSM activities throughout the year.
I would like to start by extending my hopes and wishes that all of you are healthy and safe in these unprecedented times. When 2020 started, I don't think any of us would have envisioned where we are today as a nation and as a health care community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has resulted in many of us being called to contribute to our institutions and our health care communities in ways we never imagined to help support the dynamic and ever changing needs of those effected by COVID-19. Subsequently, many have put their clinical and research work in pediatric sports medicine on hold to offer support. Please accept a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have contributed in any way. I continue to hope and pray for your safety and wellbeing and I look forward to a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is under control and our health care communities move towards our "new normal".
Despite the dramatic impact of COVID-19, I think it is important to highlight some of the great successes we have already seen in PRiSM in 2020 and highlight our strategic initiatives moving forward. 2020 started out with PRiSM in full swing was we hosted our 7th Annual Meeting in Glendale, AZ on January 23-25, 2020. PRiSM welcomed a record number of attendees (over 400) to enjoy dynamic instructional courses, engaging research presentations and incredible networking and collegiality. The meeting was highlighted by wonderful keynote addresses from Todd Ellenbecker PT, Dawn Comstock and a delayed virtual keynote from Peter Cummings MD. The meeting was a phenomenal success and huge thank you goes out to Kristina Wilson, Scott McKay, Cordelia Carter, Heather Schrader and the entire scientific programming committee who pulled together a wonderful meeting.
Soon after the conclusion of the 2020 Annual Meeting, PRiSM received the sad news of the passing of our first executive director, Tracy Burr. Tracy was instrumental in the development of PRiSM from the early days of our organization and helped us become the thriving group we are today. In the words of past presidents who worked so closely with Tracy, all new her as the epitome of grace and a master of her craft. We are all better for having the opportunity to know Tracy and work so closely with her. Our condolences and sincerest sympathies go to her family. She will be missed by all.
Following the success of PRiSM 2020, we are dedicated to continuing our momentum to plan another exceptional meeting in January 2021. Scott McKay and his team are busy planning the 8th Annual PRiSM meeting to be held in Houston, TX. We have already received a record number of instructional course submissions and we look forward to seeing another record number of research abstracts as well. Considering the potential limitations on an event this size due to COVID-19, the programming committee is already developing plans for alternative methods of content delivery to augment our plan for an onsite meeting in Houston. Please stay tuned as we continue to develop our plan for 2021.
Finally, I would like to highlight the work of the Board of Directors as we move forward in 2020. In the fall of 2018, under the leadership of our past presidents, the board of directors participated in a strategic planning meeting which helped outline our future plans as an organization. Several important strategic objectives were outlined at that time with a goal to implement these initiatives over a 5 year span. The board has recently elected for focus on 3 key strategic objectives in the coming year, specifically membership, education and research. We plan to work closely with these PRiSM committees to advance the key targeted areas in 2020. I am excited to continue this process and I will keep you, the membership, informed of our progress through the year.
Despite the many challenges to start 2020, I am confident this year has great potential for continued growth in PRiSM. I look forward to working with all of you to keep our momentum going this year.
Mark Paterno PT, PhD
2020 Meeting Highlights
Recap of the PRiSM 7th Annual Meeting
As the Chair of the Scientific Program Planning Committee, I want to thank each of you who had the opportunity to join us in Glendale, Arizona. As a young organization it is important to demonstrate continued growth in membership as well as participation in the annual meeting. This year proved to be another testament to the continued growth and member investment in the organization. Once again, we surpassed our 2019 registration numbers and had over 400 registrants. We had just over 270 abstracts submitted with 78% accepted in the form of a podium presentation, poster, or E-poster. With the larger venue we were able to highlight 91 abstracts in the poster hall and featured the 66 top scored abstracts at the podium. In addition, the top 9 posters had an opportunity to present their work at the podium through the 9 While You Dine lunch sessions.
Our largest growth was in the pre-course led by program chair, Donna Merkel. Under her leadership she put together a fantastic program on Return to Sport Head to Toe. Attendance for the pre-course nearly doubled with over 80 registrants. Donna and her speakers did a fantastic job of balancing didactics with a lab format in the space we had available in the conference center. Featured topics included concussion, lower and upper extremity, and spine. Course attendees were able to take functional tests away that could be performed in several different settings from the field to the office.
In addition to the 17 scientific sessions, we strengthened collaborative relationships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) and the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHSS) through the lunch and learns and instructional course lectures. Charles Washabaugh, PhD from the NIH discussed sports medicine research opportunities with the NIH and led a lunch and learn where a few members were able to pitch research ideas for NIH awards to a panel of PRiSM leaders in addition to Dr. Washabaugh. We also invited Dawn Comstock, PhD who delivered a keynote lecture on her experience and work in tracking injury data for children and adolescents for sports, recreation, and leisure activity-related injuries. Her focus was on the importance of collecting good data and making sure that the data is interpreted appropriately. She also joined an additional group with several previous members of the National Federation for High School Sports, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee who provided an instructional course lecture on how research and data can and should inform policy.
Collaboration amongst members new and old continued through research interest group meetings, committee meetings, and a mentoring evening panel led by Dr. Al Atanda. Pediatric populations for which there is a need for further research in pediatric sports medicine, such as transgender athletes, were highlighted as an instructional course as well.
The meeting was an overall success, which is a testament to the great research each of you are doing to advance the field of pediatric sports medicine. The feedback from the meeting was overwhelmingly positive. Many of you appreciated the earlier start and end to the meeting as well as open evenings allowing you to network with other members, which is an important part of the continued growth of the organization. We plan to continue these well received changes in the future.
The meeting is an undertaking that cannot be done alone. I am thankful for the hardworking 2020 scientific programming planning committee who provided suggestions for additional content for the meeting and served as moderators for many of the scientific sessions. If you were not able to join us in Glendale we hope to see you in Houston in January 2021.
Kristina Wilson, MD
2020 Scientific Program Committee Chair
All abstracts presented at the 2020 meeting are now available in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/ojsa/8/4_suppl3
Congratulations to the 2020 Award Winners:
Stephanie Kliethermes, PhD - Hank Chambers Award for Best Scientific Paper in Athletic Training for "ANKLE BRACE USE AND RISK OF ACUTE LOWER EXTREMITY INJURY AMONG FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS"
Christopher Kuenze, PhD, ATC - Kevin Shea Award for Best Scientific Poster in Athletic Training for "PATIENT-REPORTED AND OBJECTIVE MEASURES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ARE NOT RELATED 6-MONTHS AFTER ACL RECONSTRUCTION"
Christin M. Zwolski, PT, DPT, OCS - Hank Chambers Award for Best Scientific Paper in Physical Therapy for "THE INCIDENCE OF SECOND ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURY IN YOUNG ATHLETES IS NOT INFLUENCED BY TIME TO RETURN TO SPORT"
Bonnie P. Gregory, MD - Kevin Shea Award for Best Scientific Poster in Physical Therapy for "GRAFT CHOICE FOR ACL RECONSTRUCTION IN YOUNG ACTIVE PATIENTS – USE OF QUADRICEPS TENDON AUTOGRAFT INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF MEETING RETURN TO PLAY CRITERIA AT 6 MONTHS POST SURGERY"
Cordelia W. Carter, MD - Hank Chambers Award for Best Scientific Paper in Physical Medicine/Surgery for "CHARACTERIZING THE PREVALENCE OF CAM-TYPE HIP IMPINGEMENT IN PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY PLAYERS"
Sarah Lander, MD - Kevin Shea Award for Best Scientific Poster in Physical Medicine/Surgery for "PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC RADIOGRAPH REDUCTION: A QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE"
Alison R. Snyder Valier, PhD, ATC - LOCAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ATHLETIC TRAINING
Anna Thatcher, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, PMA-CPT - LOCAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY
Elliot Greenberg, DPT, PhD - NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY
David Bell, PhD, ATC - NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ATHLETIC TRAINING
Alison R. Snyder Valier, PhD, ATC and Andrew Gregory, MD
Anna Thatcher, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, PMA-CPT and Andrew Gregory, MD
Elliot Greenberg, DPT, PhD and Andrew Gregory, MD
A sincere "thank you" goes to Phoenix Children's SportsMed for hosting PRiSM's 7th Annual Meeting!
2020 Meeting Feedback
The PRISM Leadership recently sent out an email in response to feedback received regarding concerns raised at the 2020 annual meeting. Specifically, a concern was raised regarding the diversity of speakers on several panels. Although this issue was not mentioned by a large majority of the respondents, the board feels strongly that, despite this, the topic warrants addressing with the membership at large. This also allows us to provide you with important recent updates regarding our diversity initiative within PRiSM and further improvements that we are instituting for the future. Over the past 5 years our presidential line, our executive committee, and our membership have worked together to find ways to make diversity a key value of PRiSM. During this time, the diversity of the organization in its membership as well as leadership has grown. Over the past year, the leadership of PRiSM launched a new Diversity Committee, published a Diversity Mission Statement outlining these core values of our organization, and has consistently sought processes to ensure increased diversity throughout all aspects of our organization. Moving forward, as an organization, we strive to grow from this experience and implement new standards and processes to continue to uphold our mission to expand the diversity of PRiSM. As a young organization, the Scientific Programming Committee for PRiSM appreciates your feedback and wants all of its membership to be heard. The committee is thankful for the many positive comments as well as suggestions for improvement regarding the 2020 meeting. It is through the time you take to provide thoughtful feedback that we are able to grow into an organization we are all proud to be a part of. We look forward to growing from this experience.
View the full statement here
Find the full PRiSM diversity statement here
2021 Meeting Preview
Planning is already underway for the exciting 2021 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas January 28-30. The Call for Abstracts notice has been emailed out to all members. Abstracts are due June 29, 5pm EST. Don't miss your chance to present at the 2021 Annual Meeting!
2021 Annual Meeting Website
2021 Call for Abstracts
We are looking forward to hosting y'all in southeast Texas.
Scott McKay, MD
2021 Scientific Program Committee Chair
Research Interest Group (RIG) Updates
PRiSM has created Research Interest Groups (RIGs) to study different pediatric adolescent sports conditions. Currently, there are 16 different RIGs. The RIGs include input from all specialists in various conditions, including Certified Athletic Trainers, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Nurse Practitioners, PhDs, Kinesiologists, Educators, Physician Assistants, Physiatrists, Primary Care Sports Medicine Physicians, Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Surgeons, etc. Each clinical specialty brings a unique perspective and skill set to facilitate our research efforts.
For more information on how to join PRISM, and be a part of a RIG, click here: https://www.prismsports.org/research
Below is a list of all active RIGs, as well as some highlights of the work they are currently doing.
- Currently developing studies related to hip arthroscopy survey and return-to-play
- Female athlete
- Initiating the regulatory work in order to begin pilot multi-site studies.
- Manuscript writing for two systemic reviews
- Multi-ligament knee
- Two manuscripts currently underway
- Initiating a new study on complications following knee dislocations
- Bone stress
- Beginning a multi-center study examining stress fractures
- Survey is almost ready for PRiSM approval
- Currently enrolling for a study on medial epicondyle fractures
- Working with Injury Prevention RIG members on a study examining overhead throwing and loss/change in elbow ROM
- Ongoing data collection for a study evaluating changes on MRI to gymnast compared to throwers
- Collaborating with the Rehab RIG on elbow OCD management protocols
- Conducting a study evaluating changes on MRI to gymnast compared to throwers
- There will be a spondylolysis practice survey going out to members in the near future. The survey is complete and awaits circulation to the membership.
- Qualitative systematic review of spondylolysis prevalence in young athletes is ongoing.
- Motion Analysis
- Currently setting up the protocol to collect data. The study involves assessing return to sport after ACL rupture through motion analysis at different sites.
- One of the younger PRISM RIGs, in the third year of existence.
- Collecting normative data at five centers on the use of ultrasound to identify different bony structures.
- Injury Prevention
- Two abstracts presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting;
- Created a web-based survey to describe Fundamental Movement Skill (FMS) instruction patterns in the elementary physical education curriculum
- Collecting data to describe the level of Fundamental Movement Skill (FMS) proficiency in a young athletic population
- Collecting survey data to describe the incidence and etiology of injuries in collegiate softball.
- Presented preliminary findings at the 2020 meeting examining quality of life and school difficulties after concussion
- Survey under development examining attitudes toward concussion and long-term effects
- Study underway retrospectively examining shoulder instability data.
- Presented at the 2020 Annual meeting: members developed and tested the reliability of a novel classification system designed to comprehensively capture the intricacies of lateral discoid meniscus pathomorphology and guide treatment decisions
- Released a survey to PRISM members regarding meniscus treatment. Please complete if you have not yet!
- Working with IRBs at member institutions to develop a retrospective and prospective meniscus database.
- Tibial Spine
- New paper available online describing with videos, various pearls, technical tricks, and tips which can help facilitate management of these fractures
- Several retrospective and prospective studies ongoing
- Survey sent to PRiSM membership, data analysis underway
- Beginning multi-center study after all institutions have provided IRB approval.
- Sport Specialization
- Ongoing study regarding healthcare provider recommendations on sport specialization
- Two papers already published:
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