About the OA Prevention Working Group


Prevent the onset of OA through effective injury prevention and weight management strategies.

The primary strategies for the group currently include:
1) Establish national priorities for research on OA prevention and control strategies.
2) Promote widespread implementation of activity-specific rules and policies for organized sports, recreation and school athletics to prevent joint injuries that can lead to OA (e.g., neuromuscular condition programs, breakaway bases).
3) Promote dialogue on the connection between weight management and osteoarthritis.

Since the OAAA reorganization in the Fall of 2015, this workgroup:

  • Accepted as a level 2 partner for Obesity Week 2017 “Beyond Energy Expenditure”;
  • has developed a Consensus Opinion on Core Components of Lower Limb Injury Prevention Programs released in May 2016 for Arthritis Awareness Month
  • is currently developing an online and mobile platform lower limb injury toolkit to promote the Consensus Opinion on these core components;
  • identified stakeholders at the primary, secondary and tertiary level to target and push forward key research priorities outlined in the OA Agenda;
  • organized a symposium titled “Osteoarthritis (OA) and Obesity: A key connection” at the 2015 Obesity Society Conference
  • contributed publications to Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters Magazine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Magazine

Priority Audiences: individuals who are overweight or obese and clinicians who treat these individuals; youth, student and amateur athletes; general public.

Group Leadership


Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Chair, OA Prevention Working Group
Representative of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Athletic Trainers’ OA Consortium (ATOAC)
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Stephen P. Messier, PhD

Vice Chair, OA Prevention Working Group
Representative of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI)
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