It is indeed an honor to be asked to present this update for the
subspecialty of sports medicine. I would be remiss if I did not recognize the
previous author of this section, Dr. Christopher Harner. When I embarked on
this academic project, I did not have a good appreciation for the work that
would be involved or how large the shoes were that I was being asked to fill.
Sports medicine continues to grow as a subspecialty, and, as has been pointed
out in previous updates, it crosses many boundaries. Therefore, before
embarking upon a year-inreview article for orthopaedic sports medicine, it may
be useful first to define what sports medicine really means. The
central focus for the practice of sports medicine is the care of the athlete.
Athletes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and represent a variety of
sports, competitive levels, and nationalities, and we have dedicated our
professional careers to their care. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
(ABOS) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) have defined
orthopaedic sports medicine to include expertise in the areas
summarized in Table I. As
orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialists, we have a variety of operative
tools and techniques available to help us in this mission. The arthroscope is
one such tool, but being an accomplished arthroscopist does not make one an
orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialist.