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Sports Medicine Groups

The following list of professional organizations and resource groups represents the growing diversity in the field of sports medicine. The list also includes government agencies, sports-related groups, and academic centers that are active in tracking sports injuries.

The list is divided into three sections: sports medicine organizations, groups and committees that generate sports medicine information, and statistics-gathering groups. Some groups appear more than once; they have been cross-referenced in each instance. Entries in each of the three sections have been arranged alphabetically. When appropriate, we have given the names of directors and other officers. Links are also provided to entries who have Web sites.

While The Physician and Sportsmedicine does not endorse any of the groups listed, we do encourage readers to contact the ones that interest them. We have included only the essential information about each group; more detailed descriptions can be obtained by calling or writing to the groups.

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Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
15250 Ventura Blvd
Suite 200
Sherman Oaks, california 91403
United States
President: Linda D. Pfeffer, RN
Membership: Exercise enthusiasts, instructors, health club owners, studio managers, and fitness professionals. AFAA provides certifications and continuing education for instructors as well as a series of new life management programs including Emergency Response and Healthcare Essentials.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
6300 N River Rd
Rosemont, illinois 60018-4262
United States
Phone: 847 - 823 - 7196
President: Richard H. Gelberman, MD
Executive Vice President: William W. Tipton, MD
Membership: Physicians certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM)
1729 Glastonberry Rd
Potomac, maryland 20854
United States
Phone: 800 - 438 - 3355
Fax: 301 - 424 - 7440
President: Michael K. Lowe, DPM
Executive Director: Larry Shane
Membership: Podiatrists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals interested in podiatric sports medicine.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
1900 Association Dr
Reston, virginia 22091
United States
Phone: 703 - 476 - 3400
President: Quentin Christian
Executive Vice President: A. Gilson Brown
Membership: Teachers, administrators, researchers, coaches, and others involved in health, physical education, recreation, and dance.
American Association of Industrial Sports Medicine
116 Foxboro Dr
Rochester Hills
michigan 48309
United States
Phone: 810 - 375 - 9377
Fax: 810 - 375 - 8973
Director: Dwight Gaal
Membership: Physicians, trainers, therapists, ergonomists, and exercise physiologists involved in the application of sports medicine to the workplace.
American Athletic Trainers Association (AATA) and Certification Board, Inc
146 E Duarte Rd
Suite 200
Arcadia, california 91007
United States
Phone: 818 - 445 - 1978
Acting Chair: Al Boettcher
Director: Tony Hughes
Membership: Athletic trainers who are competent, effective leaders and who have met the educational competency standards to become certified. Recognized by the California Physical Therapy Association, Independent Physical Therapists of California, and the San Diego Private Practice Physical Therapy Association.
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Box 1440
Indianapolis, iowa 46206-1440
United States
Phone: 317 - 637 - 9200
President: Steven N. Blair, PED
Executive Vice President: James R. Whitehead
Membership: Persons involved in worldwide sports medicine research and education.
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
5820 Oberlin Dr
Suite 102
San Diego, california 92121-3787
United States
Phone: 619 - 535 - 8227
Executive Director: Sheryl Marks Brown
Membership: Aerobics instructors, personal trainers, fitness industry leaders, professionals, and advocates interested in promoting safe and effective exercise through certification and public education.
American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA)
4405 East West Highway
Suite 405
Bethesda, maryland 20814
United States
Phone: 301 - 913 - 9517
Fax: 301 - 913 - 9520
Email: [email protected]
President: Noel Nequin, MD
Executive Director: Susan Kalish
Membership: Sports medicine professionals, allied health professionals, and educators who promote health and physical fitness to their patients, clients, and the public.
American Medical Equestrian Association
103 Surrey Rd
Waynesville, north_carolina 28786
United States
Phone: 704 - 456 - 3392
President: J. W. Thomas Byrd, MD
Membership: Physicians and other persons concerned with the safety of individuals involved in equestrian activities.
American Medical Soccer Association (AMSA)
3508 Cheshire Dr
Birmingham, alabama 35242-3100
United States
Phone: 205 - 991 - 6054
Email: [email protected]
President: Robert M. Cosby, MD
Treasurer: Gordon Spink, DO
Membership: Sports medicine professionals interested in soccer.
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
11639 Earnshaw
Overland Park, kansas 66210
United States
Phone: 913 - 327 - 1415
Email: [email protected]
Membership: Membership: Sports medicine physicians (various specialties). AMSSM is an organization made up of dedicated sports medicine physicians. The Web offers educational materials, press releases, sports forums, find a sports medicine doctor search engine, conferences, and sports medicine fellowship and job opportunity listings.
American Medical Tennis Association
2301 Waleska Rd
Canton, georgia 30114
United States
Phone: 800 - 326 - 2682
President: Terry Treadwell, MD
Executive Director: Al Evans, PhD
Membership: Physicans interested in combining CME training with tennis tournaments and social programs in a tennis resort setting.
American Optometric Association (AOA) Sports Vision Section (SVS)
243 N Lindbergh Blvd
St Louis, missouri 63141-7881
United States
Phone: 314 - 991 - 4100
Chair: Paul Berman, OD
Administrative Director: Diane Ruzicka
Membership: Optometrists who are AOA members and are interested in sports vision.
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
6300 N River Rd
Suite 200
Rosemont, illinois 60018
United States
Phone: 847 - 292 - 4900
Fax: 847 - 292 - 4905
President: T. David Sisk, MD
Membership: Orthopedic surgeons involved in sports medicine.
American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
7611 Elmwood Ave
Suite 201
Middleton, wisconsin 53562
United States
Phone: 608 - 831 - 4400
President: Gerry Piesko, DO
Executive Director: Robin L. Brown
Executive Consultant: Tom Miller
Membership: Physicians dedicated to the practice of sports medicine who are board certified in a primary care specialty.
American Osteopathic Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOOSSM)
RD 3
Clarion, pennsylvania 16214
United States
President: Robert Armstrong, DO
Membership: Osteopathic orthopedic physicians with an active interest in sports medicine.
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
505 King St
Suite 115
La Crosse,, wisconsin 54601
United States
Phone: 800 - 285 - 7787
President: Marilyn Moffatt, PT, PhD
Executive Director: Francis J. Mallon
Membership: Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy who are interested in encouraging advancements in physical therapy practice, education, and research.
American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)
Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Ave S/860C
Minneapolis, minnesota 55415
United States
Phone: 612 - 336 - 6619
Email: [email protected]
President: Kai-Nan An, PhD
Secretary Treasurer: Joan E. Bechtold, PhD
Membership: Professionals and students involved in the field of biomechanics.
American Sports Medicine Association, Board of Certification, Inc
660 W Duarte Rd
Suite 1
Arcadia, california 91007
United States
Phone: 818 - 445 - 1978
Chairman: Joe S. Borland
Membership: Student, certified student, pre-active, active, and certified sports medicine trainers; offer a sports medicine medical providers referral directory, sports injury hot line, and brochure.
Association for Worksite Health Promotion
60 Revere Dr
Suite 500
Northbrook, illinois 60062
United States
Phone: 847 - 480 - 9574
President: Paul Couzelis
Executive Director: Kevin Hacke
Membership: Physicians, physiologists, nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals involved with worksite health promotion.
Association of Volleyball Physicians
1229 N North Branch
Suite 122
Chicago, illinois 60622
United States
Phone: 708 - 210 - 3112
President: T. Eric Yokoo, MD
Membership: Physicians interested in volleyball.
College Athletic Trainers' Society
Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP, One Oxford Centre
301 Grant Street, 14th floor
Pittsburgh, pennsylvania 15219-1425
United States
President: Josephine Lee, MS, ATC
Executive Director: Donald Lowe, MA, ATC
Membership: Certified or licensed athletic trainers employed in a college or university setting and medical professionals interested in promoting quality health care for student-athletes who compete at the collegiate level.
FIAS Medical Commission
Box 4160
Opelika, alabama 36803
United States
Phone: 334 - 749 - 6222
Chair: Richard T. Herrick, MD
Membership: Medical professionals interested in caring for Sombo competitors.
FIQ Medical Commission
Box 4160
Opelika, alabama 36803
United States
Phone: 334 - 749 - 6222
North And South American Rep: Richard T. Herrick, MD
Membership: Medical professionals interested in caring for competitive bowlers.
IDEA: The International Association of Fitness Professionals
6190 Cornerstone Ct East,
Suite 204
San Diego, california 92121-3773
United States
Phone: 619 - 535 - 8979
Chief Executive Officer: Peter Davis
Executive Director: Kathie Davis
Membership: Aerobics instructors, personal trainers, program directors, and owners or managers of health clubs, studios, spas, recreation centers, YMCAs, and YWCAs.
International Academy of Sports Vision (IASV)
200 S Progress Ave
Harrisburg, pennsylvania 17109
United States
President: Paul M. Planer, OD
Executive Director: A. I. Garner, OD
Membership: Ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, team physicians, athletic trainers, athletic directors, and coaches. (See also: injury statistics groups.)
International Powerlifting Federation Medical Committee
Box 4160
Opelika, alabama 36803
United States
Phone: 334 - 749 - 6222
Chair: Richard T. Herrick, MD
Membership: Medical professionals interested in caring for competitive powerlifters.
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
2434 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, illinois 60614
United States
Phone: 312 - 929 - 5101
President: Bob Goldman, DO, PhD
Membership: Personal trainers and other skilled fitness professionals.
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
1900 Association Dr
Reston, virginia 20191
United States
Phone: 703 - 476 - 3410
President: JoAnne Owens-Nauslar
President Elect: Greg Payne
Membership: Physical education teachers, coaches, athletic directors, researchers, fitness professionals, and athletic trainers interested in strengthening their knowledge of sports and physical activity.
National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc (NATA)
2952 Stemmons Fwy
Suite 200
Dallas, texas 75247
United States
Phone: 214 - 637 - 6282
President: Kent Falb, ATC, PT
Executive Director: Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE
Membership: Persons interested or involved in the profession of athletic training and sports medicine.
National Employee Services and Recreation Association (NESRA)
2211 York Rd
Suite 207
Oak Brook, illinois 60521-2371
United States
President: Gloria Rogue, RVESRA
Executive Director: Patrick B. Stinson
Membership: Persons representing business, industry, and government organizations in the fields of employee services and recreation, human resources, employee relations, employee fitness and health, and work/life programs.
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA)
11724 NW Plaza Cir
Box 20626
Kansas City, missouri 64195-0626
United States
Phone: 816 - 464 - 5400
Executive Director: Robert F. Kanaby
Membership: State associations responsible for the conduct of high school athletics and activities.
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
530 Communications Circle
Suite 204
Colorado Springs, colorado 80905
United States
Phone: 719 - 632 - NSCA
Executive Director: Harvey Newton, CSCS
President: Don Chu
Membership: Professionals in the sport science, athletic, and fitness industries involved with strength training and conditioning for performance.
North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM)
Box 5076
1607 N Market St
Champaign, illinois 61825-5076
United States
Phone: 217 - 351 - 5076
Fax: 800 - 747 - 4457
President: Richard J. Sabath, EdD
Membership: Dedicated to studying and promoting physical activity for children in order to improve quality of life across the lifespan.
North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
Dept of Exercise and Sport Science
254 HHP, UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, north_carolina 27412
United States
Phone: 910 - 334 - 3255
President: Steve Wallace
Secretary Treasurer: Kathleen Williams
Membership: Individuals who are interested in sport psychology or motor behavior, including motor learning/control and development.
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS)
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 250
Washington, district_of_columbia 20004
United States
Phone: 202 - 272 - 3425
Cochairs: Florence Griffith Joyner
Cochairs: Tom McMillen
Executive Director: Sandra Perlmutter
Purpose: To promote physical fitness and sports participation among Americans of all ages.
Recreation Safety Institute
Box 392
Ronkonkoma, new_york 11779
United States
Phone: 516 - 883 - 6399
Fax: 516 - 883 - 1814
President: Charles Lewis, PhD
Executive Director: Arthur Mittelstaedt, EdD
Membership: Professionals, individuals, and institutional agencies who have demonstrated expertise in safety in recreation and related fields or who advocate safety.
Sporting Goods Manufacturer Association (SGMA)
200 Castlewood Dr
North Palm Beach, florida 33408
United States
Phone: 842 - 842 - 4100
President: John D. Riddle
Purpose: To increase sports participation and help foster industry growth.
Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN)
7730 E Belleview
Suite G6
Englewood, colorado 80111
United States
Phone: 303 - 799 - 1950
Chair: Nicki Zeidner, MEd, RD
Membership: A dietetic practice group of The American Dietetic Association (ADA); nutrition professionals with expertise in sports nutrition, cardiovascular nutrition, health promotion and wellness, and disordered eating.
Surfer's Medical Association
Box 1210
Aptos, california 95001-1210
United States
Phone: 408 - 684 - 0916
Contact: Mark Renneker, MD
Membership: Physicians, other healthcare professionals, and lay persons who surf or are involved in the medical aspects of surfing.
The National Council for Sports Medicine Education (NCSME)
P.O. Box 3
Saratoga Springs, new_york 12866
United States
Phone: 518 - 245 - 2017
Membership: Our mission is to empower all healthcare professionals by providing them with the integration of physical and psychological philosophies and methodologies needed to teach a fitness lifestyle to enhance overall wellness and minimize injury and disease.
The National Gym Association, Inc
Box 290066
Brooklyn, new_york 11229-0066
United States
Phone: 718 - 339 - 2674
President: Andrew Bostinto
Membership: NGA trainers; provides certification for personal trainers.
United States Rowing Association (USRA) Sports Medicine Society
201 S Capitol Ave,
Suite 400
Indianapolis, indiana 46225-1068
United States
Phone: 317 - 237 - 5656
Chair: Timothy Hosea, MD
Membership: Persons interested in rowing-related research, prevention, and treatment of injuries, and enhancement of performance.
US Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, colorado 80909-5760
United States
Phone: 719 - 578 - 4546
Chair: Tim Garl, ATC
Membership: Physicians (MDs and DOs), athletic trainers, chiropractors, and sports psychologists who have participated in the US Olympic Committee's Volunteer Medical Program at the Olympic Training Center.
US Weightlifting Federation Sports Medicine Committee
Box 4160
2000 Waverly Parkway
Opelika, alabama 36803-4160
United States
Phone: 334 - 749 - 6222
Chair: Richard T. Herrick, MD
Membership: Medical professionals interested in caring for Olympic weightlifters.
USA Table Tennis Sports Medical Committee
533 Medical-Dental Bldg
Seattle, washington 98101
United States
Phone: 206 - 622 - 9215
Director: Michael J. Scott
Purpose: To provide medical coverage for the United States Table Tennis Team and medical research aspects in this sport.
Wilderness Medical Society
Box 2463
Indianapolis, indiana 46206
United States
Phone: 317 - 631 - 1745
President: Bruce Paton, MD
Membership: Healthcare professionals and others interested in wilderness medicine.