Friday January 2nd, 2008 I received what has turned out to be a pleasant surprise in the mail in the form of a free copy of a newly published journal Sports Health. They must have known my birthday was coming up the following day.
This particular journal is published with an emphasis on “A Multidisciplinary Approach” and is a collaborative publication of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, North American Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainer’s Association and the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
The Table of Contents is divided up based up the discipline. The Sports Physical Therapy articles were solidly written and similar in quality and content as what is typically found in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. The focus on this particular discipline content was on ACL treatment including the article I found most interesting by Hurd, Axe, Snyder-Mackler describing Management of the Athlete with Acute Anterior Cruciate Ligament Deficiency (ACL-D). This article goes into excellent detail in the use of a treatment algorithm developed at the University of Delaware.
I find this publication interesting in the multidisciplinary approach and frankly I think that this will further enhance the collaborative and collegial relationship that should exist between physicians and physical therapists. Perhaps it will help to shine a light on the significant contribution of physical therapists to the body of knowledge in the management of orthopedic conditions for physicians.
So thank you the thoughtful person who sent me this early birthday gift and I think it will even be worth the dues to join the Sports Physical Therapy Section of APTA.