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Sexual violence in sport: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement
  1. Jennifer Scott Koontz1,2,
  2. Margo Mountjoy3,4,
  3. Kristin E Abbott5,
  4. Cindy Miller Aron6,7,
  5. Kathleen C Basile8,
  6. Chad T Carlson9,
  7. Cindy J Chang10,
  8. Alex B Diamond11,
  9. Sheila A Dugan12,
  10. Brian Hainline13,
  11. Stanley A Herring14,
  12. B Elliot Hopkins15,
  13. Elizabeth A Joy16,
  14. Janet P Judge17,
  15. Michele LaBotz18,19,
  16. Jason Matuszak20,
  17. Cody J McDavis21,
  18. Rebecca A Myers22,
  19. Aurelia Nattiv23,
  20. Jeffrey L Tanji24,
  21. Jessica Wagner25,
  22. William O Roberts26
  1. 1 Newton Medical Center, Newton, Kansas, USA
  2. 2 Family and Community Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita, Wichita, Kansas, USA
  3. 3 Family Medicine, McMaster University Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  4. 4 Bureau, FINA, Lausanne, Switzerland
  5. 5 Health Service, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA
  6. 6 Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA
  7. 7 Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California, USA
  8. 8 Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  9. 9 Sports Medicine, Stadia Sports Medicine, West Des Moines, Iowa, USA
  10. 10 UCSF, San Francisco, California, USA
  11. 11 Orthopaedics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  12. 12 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  13. 13 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  14. 14 Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
  15. 15 National Federation of State High School Associations, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  16. 16 Office of Research, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  17. 17 Holland & Knight LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  18. 18 InterMed, Yarmouth, Maine, USA
  19. 19 Sports Medicine, InterMed, South Portland, Maine, USA
  20. 20 Family Medicine, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
  21. 21 Foundation 42, Los Angeles, California, USA
  22. 22 Longs Peak Family Medicine, Longmont, Colorado, USA
  23. 23 Division of Sports Medicine, Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
  24. 24 Orthopedics, UC Davis Sports Medicine, Sacramento, California, USA
  25. 25 National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  26. 26 Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, St Paul, Minnesota, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jennifer Scott Koontz, Newton Medical Center, Newton, Kansas, USA; jenniferscottkoontz{at}


The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) convened a group of experts to develop a Position Statement addressing the problem of sexual violence in sport. The AMSSM Sexual Violence in Sport Task Force held a series of meetings over 7 months, beginning in July 2019. Following a literature review, the Task Force used an iterative process and expert consensus to finalise the Position Statement. The objective of this Position Statement is to raise awareness of this critical issue among sports medicine physicians and to declare a commitment to engage in collaborative, multidisciplinary solutions to reduce sexual violence in sport.

  • sexual harassment
  • violence
  • sports medicine
  • prevention
  • Position Statement
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  • Presented at This article is being simultaneously published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, Sports Health and Current Sports Medicine Reports.

  • Contributors All authors contributed to the literature review, planning and iterative process in the development of this statement. The lead author wrote the original draft and then compiled edits for revisions throughout the iterative process as well as the final version. All authors approved of the final version of the statement.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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

  • Data availability statement There are no data in this work.

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