|Authors:||Francis G. O’Connor, Robert E. Sallis, Robert P. Wilder, P atrick St. Pierre,|
|Number of pages:||651|
The primary care sports physicians across the country were scrambling to identify good resources to prepare for the first examination for a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. This examination was co-sponsored by the American Boards of Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine. At review courses a common theme was that at that time, there was no identifiable source that reliably identified the discipline of sports medicine, let alone a good review book or study guide. Since that time, of course, there have been a number of excellent books published in the field of primary care sports medicine.
The first task was to assemble a team of quality editors and authors. My first call was to Dr. Robert Wilder, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician
and my colleague on a number of academic pursuits. We decided to include a second sports medicine physician, as this would be an ambitious project, as
well as an orthopedic surgeon to hopefully recruit the most expertise in operative orthopedics. We were very fortunate to have Dr. Robert Sallis, an authority in primary care sports medicine and fellowship program director, accept our invitation. Dr. Patrick St. Pierre, a sports trained orthopedic surgeon and educator, graciously agreed to coordinate our orthopedic chapters. As a multi-disciplinary group, our goal became to develop a text that would have value among a variety of clinicians involved with sports medicine including medical doctors, surgeons, allied healthcare professionals and athletic trainers. Our vision was a well-referenced, evidenced-based source of material that would provide a resource for both study and practice.