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Clinical research and the AMSSM Collaborative Research Network
  1. Stephanie A Kliethermes1,
  2. Anthony I Beutler2
  1. 1 Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  2. 2 Family Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephanie A Kliethermes, The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Leawood, KS 66211, USA; skliethermes{at}

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In order for any discipline to be legitimate, it has to create its own body of knowledge.

Dr Jim Puffer, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (founding member and past president)


The value of rigorous clinical research to the field of sports medicine is indisputable. In our data-dominated society, insurers, oversight watchdogs and increasingly even consumers demand much more than ‘we’ve always done it this way’. The recent string of randomised trials showing conservative care to be non-inferior to arthroscopy for degenerative meniscus tears underscores the power of data in shaping medical practice, perception, reimbursement and most importantly, quality of patient care. As we pursue our vision of being a worldwide leader in sports medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) champions high quality sports medicine research through research support, collaboration, education and strategic partnerships.

Vision and purpose of the AMSSM Collaborative Research Network

Since its founding in 1991, AMSSM has fostered and showcased excellent research, particularly that involving musculoskeletal care. After many years devoted to building the AMSSM research infrastructure, the AMSSM Collaborative Research Network (CRN) was established in 2016 to enhance clinical …

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  • Contributors SAK and AIB contributed to the writing and editing of this editorial.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it published Online First. The first sentence has been amended.