FIRST TO PRESENT ON THE SPORT OF RUGBY AT THE AMERICAN ORTHOPEDIC SOCIETY OF SPORTS MEDICINE

July 10th, 2014
Dr Victor Lopez, Jr, et al., were honored to be the first to present on the sport of rugby, let alone the new Olympic format of Rugby-7s, at the 2014 American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting, July 10th, in Seattle, WA. The Final Program (pg 24), describes his abstract, “An American Experience with a New Olympic Collision Sport: Rugby Sevens” which has also been published in the 2014 Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine.
The initial impetus for the formation of the AOSSM grew out of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Committee on Sports Medicine which was organized in 1964 with Jack Hughston, MD as chairman. In the next seven years, there was an increasing interest in orthopaedic sports medicine. The original concept of the AOSSM was to provide a scientific outlet for presentation and publication of new ideas; to provide an opportunity for physicians to meet and exchange ideas regarding research, clinical problems, proposals for future progress in sports medicine and a high level publication controlled by the Society. This vision has been integrated into every area of AOSSM today.
The Society’s first annual meeting was held in conjunction with the AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in 1973. During this meeting bylaws, member application requirements, additional committees and dues fees were established. Dr. O’Donoghue passed on his presidential gavel to Dr. Joseph Godfrey and the presidential line of AOSSM began. This tradition continues every summer as AOSSM members meet to discuss the latest sports medicine research and recognize recipients of Research Awards and Grants. The Society gradually expanded its educational programs to allow for several sports medicine meetings throughout the year. 

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