'Born to Break Down? Genetics in Soft Tissue Injuries' will be presented by South African sports medicine expert Martin Schwellnus, MD, PhD at the 21st American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on April 22, 2012.
Soft-tissue injuries are commonly a result of sport and occupational injuries. These injuries occur as a result of many components including intrinsic, extrinsic and genetic factors. This session will emphasize the "cutting edge" of sports medicine.
Dr. Schwellnus is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He serves as the Director of the International Olympic Committee Research Center in Cape Town as well as being the Director of the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence in Cape Town. His research interests include sports injury epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis and management; medical conditions that occur during sports participation, in particular, endurance events; as well as physical activity in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease of lifestyle.
Published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Schwellnus also serves in editorial roles with the following publications: member of the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Editor-in-Chief for the International SportMed Journal (FIMS Electronic Journal of Sports Medicine), Editor-in-Chief for the 2nd Edition of the Olympic Textbook of Sports Medicine, Section Editor for the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Editor and Publisher of a weekly electronic Sports Medicine Review service "SportsMed Update."
The conference features lectures and research addressing the most challenging topics in sports medicine today including prevention of sudden death, cardiovascular issues in athletes, concussion, biologic therapies, and other controversies facing the field of sports medicine.
More than 1,200 sports medicine physicians from across the United States and 12 countries around the world will attend the meeting.
The AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of sports medicine physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, advocacy, and the care of athletes of all ages. Founded in 1991, the AMSSM is now comprised of more than 2,000 sports medicine physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.