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What I learned from my conference – the 21st Annual combined AAOS/AOSSM/AANA course
This course was all things Sports Medicine – AOSSM is the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. I am a member of AANA – the Arthroscopy Association of North America. These two highly regarded associations hold the combined meeting with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In other words, a power house of sports minded orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists together in one room to discuss, debate and educate.
As is the case in many meetings, there was spirited debate about best management of many different injuries and variations of typical injury patterns. This included the particular sport the person played, age, level of sport participation and underlying factors to be considered such as limb malalignment.
The hot topic in the orthopaedic world is Orthobiologics. That is, how can we use biology to help improve patient outcomes. As always, there was much discussion on surgical techniques.
Don’t forget the all important rehabilitation. Many people underestimate the huge importance of strong muscle tone, well controlled balance and proprioception, and assisted techniques. This includes taping and braces. As it turns out, the Russian single leg balance exercise with a kettle bell is extremely useful exercise. This, in combination with bridges, will specifically improve gluteus medius, one of the large gluteal muscles, extremely important for lower limb control. Even in foot and ankle problems, it is important to have excellent gluteal strength in combination with core stability. This is of course in addition to the specific foot and ankle exercises I will recommend for your individual condition. The physiotherapist will work closely with each patient to individualise treatment.
We were fortunate enough to have the Mahre twin brothers attend the course. American legends in downhill skiing, both Olympic medallists and World Cup Champions. They provided a rare insight into both the physical and mental preparation for a big race. Even gave us a few tips on running the Nastar race course! A humble and down to earth philosophy, they spoke of their immense passion for the sport of skiing and were not driven by fame or fortune.
I hope you have been out for some fresh air and exercise today. Have fun and be safe.
The team at Salus Foot Surgeon look forward to assisting you manage your foot and ankle sporting injury. Please contact us for assistance.