Sports Medicine News

Sports Medicine News brought to you by the Auburn University School of Kinesiology and the American Sports Medicine Institute.

The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit sports medicine research and education foundation located at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. ASMI was founded in 1987 by renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James R. Andrews. The mission of ASMI is to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries through research and education.

The School of Kinesiology brings you regular articles on research being done in the field to advance this mission. ASMI supports a graduate student through an assistantship to further sports medicine research and education.



Assortment of pillsIt seems like every other day we see reports in the media of athletes or teams being accused or convicted of violations for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Indeed, prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there were calls for the entire Russian team to be banned…..



tie yellow laces on black athletic shoeWhile we all learned to tie our shoelaces as early as Kindergarten, there are in fact more appropriate ways to arrange those laces. Now while Bloomberg’s business site focuses on “style,” and suggests different lacing techniques for formal and casual shoes as well as sneakers, researchers in the Sport Biomechanics lab in the School of Kinesiology have conducted their own research…..



drawing of an elbow joint showing a tendon threaded through drilled holesIn the last few years, there has been an epidemic of elbow injuries in baseball pitchers requiring UCL surgery (“Tommy John Surgery”). In particular, the number and percentage of patients at the youth and high school level has risen dramatically. In fact, of the 200 reconstructions that are carried out a year at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, about 60% are collegiate and high school athletes…..