The Instructional Course Lectures series is a core educational product that has received universal acclaim over the years as a key, go-to, current concepts reference in orthopedic surgery. Based on their popularity, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) now offers subspecialty volumes like this one on sports medicine. It covers the throwing shoulder, rotator cuff problems, pediatric sports injuries, hip injuries, foot and ankle injuries, elbow injuries, and knee injuries, each with a specific athletic focus. The editors have carefully compiled the best reviews from ICL volumes 55-59 representing the last five years of papers.
The purpose is to bring together in a single place the best of the AAOS instructional course lectures on sports medicine issues over the last five years. The result is a wonderful, up-to-date reference on key issues in orthopedic sports medicine.
The target audience is orthopedic surgeons who wish to stay current in the field of orthopedic sports medicine. I am confident that this will be a key reference for orthopedic residents because of the efficient way it brings together key thought leaders in the field. However, the audience should not be limited to orthopedic surgeons. My copy was quickly "borrowed" by my primary care sports medicine fellow who used it to bring himself up to date on orthopedic thought in sports medicine -- he loved it. Two facets make these ICLs enormously valuable: first, the efficiency of providing the latest thinking in one place and, second, providing a compendium of key thought leaders. The authors are a who's who of orthopedic sports medicine and each section is introduced by a preeminent leader in the field.
The book covers a broad spectrum of orthopedic sports medicine and is separated into anatomic sections to make reading more efficient. Each article is a current concepts review on a topic and is accompanied by the key references in that area. Clearly, the greatest advantage of this book is the way it brings together a broad range of current knowledge in the field of orthopedic sports medicine.
This book was developed with support from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.