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In This Issue

  • DEI Efforts of the 150+ Member Organizations of the OAAA
  • Osteoarthritis in the Media
  • Webinars
  • Resources for OA Researchers

Preventing OA After an ACL Injury: An OA Action Alliance Consensus Statement 

The OA Action Alliance formed an interdisciplinary Secondary Prevention Task Group to develop consensus-based secondary prevention recommendations that offer clinicians a broad approach to reducing the risk of osteoarthritis (OA) after a person has an ACL injury. ACL injuryThe task group agreed on 15 recommendations related to patient resources and education, comprehensive rehabilitation programs for safe return-to-sport, psychological skills training, regular physical activity participation, standardized physical testing, patient support programs and ethically sound use of technology to support recovery. A few highlights include:

  • After an ACL injury or reconstruction, individuals should undergo a supervised, comprehensive and progressive rehabilitation program to address impairments and neuromuscular deficits, specifically those related to quality of movement, knee range of motion, quadriceps muscle strength and performance and functional performance before return to activity.
  • Before full re-integration into a sport, individuals should gradually resume sport-specific training to restore metabolic conditioning, build tolerance to chronic training loads and adopt desired movement strategies.
  • Psychological skills training should be considered as part of the short- and long-term care plans after ACL injury or reconstruction to prevent re-injury, improve overall health and wellness and encourage engagement in and adherence to physical activity.
  • Optimize socially supportive environments after an ACL injury by recognizing and providing support for injury-related stigma, uncertainty in return to activity and threats to personal identity.

NATA logo“This is a most definitive statement on OA prevention and care after an ACL injury,” says National Athletic Trainers’ Association President Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC. “As athletic trainers, we are committed to this focus on public health and the future of our aging population. The interdisciplinary approach to the statement’s development ensures collaboration across the health care landscape and an overall commitment to the prevention and treatment of OA.”

Injury taught me I need to learn how to face challenges.
Shawn Johnson

DEI Efforts of the 150+ Member Organizations of the OAAA

In each newsletter, we will feature an OAAA member organization’s efforts in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Movement is Life logoIn this podcast Dr. Tamara Huff, MD, MBA sits down with Dr. Alisahah Jackson for a discussion about enhancing the health of every community, and they explore the challenges of building healthier communities against a backdrop of declining health infrastructure, particularly in rural communities.

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis

  • Marking Arthritis Awareness Month, new Angry@Arthritis Podcast attacks failing osteoarthritis status quo (5/2/2023)
  • May issue of Tai Chi for Health Institute newsletter has been released (5/2/2023)
  • The Joint Action has posted a new podcast on the topic “Why does osteoarthritis hurt?” (4/30/2023)
  • The Well: ‘Silver tsunami’ requires aging expertise (4/27/2023)
  • The Back Pain Podcast has posted a new podcast on the topic “Can the Name of my Diagnosis Do More Harm Than Good?” (4/27/2023)
  • Harvard Health Blog: Does running cause arthritis? (4/26/2023)
  • Healio: 1 in 5 adults in US has chronic pain (4/26/2023)
  • Healio: Patients with diabetes who receive metformin exhibit 24% lower risk for osteoarthritis (4/20/2023)
  • National Council on Aging: Chronic conditions and fall risk – Cross-promoting programs across the continuum of care (4/14/2023)
  • April issue of JointHealth™ insight has been released (4/13/2023)
  • Washington Post: Why an outdoor workout is better for you than indoors (4/12/2023)


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Resources for OA Researchers

Click the button below to access our regularly updated list of Events and Conferences, Funding Opportunities, Webinars, and Announcements related to Osteoarthritis research. Remember to bookmark this website!

Events, Funding, and More

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