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American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine presents helpful recommendations about common sports injuries and how to prevent them. There is a small amount of additional information specific to athletes, parents, coaches, and medical professionals. The the site is recommended for its useful tips for children participating in organized sports.

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Review Date: 8/16/2018

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Ease of Use

The website contains a lot of types of material — information for healthcare providers, members, students, and corporate sponsors. The "Patient" tab provides basic sports injury information, as well as a link to the website's more user-friendly sister site, "STOP Sports Injuries." Using the search bar isn't very helpful, as it requires visitors to sign up for an account. And the chaotic homepage may dissuade users from trying to make sense of all the available information.

Visual Design

Professional design featuring color, movement, and images. The red and gray color scheme is a bit odd, but neither is it overwhelming or annoying. And aside from the site's homepage, there doesn't appear to be too much clutter, with plenty of visuals to keep the reader engaged.

Quality

Information here, while focused on a niche topic (sports injuries), is limited. Much more information on membership is available compared to patient education. And only some of the latter information is referenced. Overall, the materials here offer practical tips on preventing common sports injuries, and general overviews of how they can occur.

Credibility

Author names are provided, and all appear to be credentialed experts in the field of sports medicine. The site's sponsor also provides a good deal of credibility to the content, so readers can be rest assured they're reading science-based advice. Dates are given too, but many would be considered "outdated," some having not been reviewed in 8+ years.

Pros

  1. Useful injury prevention tips for athletes, parents, coaches, and healthcare providers
  2. Lots of animated videos, public service announcements, and other multimedia resources
  3. Helpful patient-centered affiliate site with more user-friendly information

Cons

  1. Limited number of sports injuries covered on the site
  2. Some of the downloadable brochures haven't been updated in 8+ years
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Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a professional association formed in 1972 as an independent branch of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Find a doctor tool, downloadable tip sheets, newsletter, online bookstore

Languages: English

Contact: info@stopsportsinjuries.org

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