All of us at the Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine hope that you enjoyed a safe and active summer. As we pass into the fall season, it is important to continue to utilize a comprehensive conditioning program in preparation for winter sports activities. We hope all of you have a very safe and enjoyable fall season.
the Institute was founded, there
were a number of individuals who doubted that we would be able to develop
an independent research organization outside of a major university setting
Bring together an illustrious Board of Directors,
Bring together an illustrious Advisory Board,
4.) Generate any interest by the media. In addition, it was the contention by some folks within the sports medicine industry that prevention had nothing to do with sports medicine and that such research should truly be placed on the back burner if at all on the stove
Now that ten years have passed, I believe we can comfortably and without hesitation say that those who were nay sayers and those who doubted that the Institute would accomplish the goals that we had set were wrong and shortsighted on all counts. Over the years, I have been asked what the Institute is all about. I believe the best way to describe what we have done with the Institute is from a quote from Mark "Doc" Andrews. At the Institute
We see the invisible, for if you can see the invisible, you can accomplish what others believe is the impossible."Mark Doc Andrews
We have accomplished the "impossible" by bringing together and creating an injury prevention community composed of researchers, clinicians, scientists, former Olympic athletes, former professional athletes, business leaders, community leaders, leaders within the electronic and print media and, most importantly, we have brought the general public, on a world wide basis, into the arms of the Institute. It has been said in politics that if you want to win an election, you need to create and build a big tent. Without hesitation I can say that the success of the Institute has come about by us seeing the impossible, following through on our vision and building a structure much larger than a single tent.
Our success came by being able to recruit an internationally renowned Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors has truly been our anchor and support at the Institute. In addition to the nine members of Orthopedic Surgery Associates which have served the Institute without hesitation over the past 10 years, we have also had the honor and privilege of having Dr. Richard J. Hawkins, co-founder of the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado, Dr. Robert Hensinger, Chairman of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Michigan, Dr. Pat Bishop, a world renowned injury prevention specialist from the University of Waterloo in Canada, Dr. Tom Pashby, one of the most celebrated injury prevention specialists in the world, as well as Dr. Richard Salamone, a former United States Olympic team member and now Clinical Neuropsychologist. Members of our Board of Directors have generously, graciously and without hesitation donated their time, their effort and their finances to the development of the Institute over the past 10 years.
of our Advisory Council have also served the Institute without hesitation
over the past 10 years. I was initially amazed and continue to be
amazed on a daily basis by our Advisory Council. All members of our
Advisory Council have served the Institute without pay or financial gain.
We have been fortunate to attract former professional athletes such as Red
Berenson, Mel Blount, Dave Dravecky, Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Gary
McCord, Tim McCormick, Willie McCovey, Pat McInally, Tom McMillen, Walter
Payton, Oscar Robertson, Mike Singletary, Stan Smith and John Unitas.
In addition, we have had the fortunate opportunity of having former Gold
Medal Olympic athletes on our board including Ms. Bonnie Blair,
Ms. Nadia Comaneci, Mr. Bart Conner and Ms. Peggy Jenkins-Fleming.
In addition, we have had the fortunate opportunity of having a number of
business leaders step to the plate as it relates to the Institute
including Mr. David Brandon, President of Dominos Pizza, Dr. George
Dagnino, a member of the Economic Round Table of the Federal Reserve Bank,
Mr. Jim Rogers from CNBC and Mr. David Sowerby a renowned economist,
from Loomis Sayles. From the communications sector, we have had the
fortunate opportunity of having Mr. Dick Purtan, whom is the Marconi Award
Winner for Radio Personality of the Year as a member of the Advisory
Board, as well
as Mr. Jeff Daniels, a multi-talented actor, in addition to two very well
Our Advisory Board has assisted us in many respects such as assisting us with the initial development of our injury prevention studies to reviewing of our studies once completed and assisting with the media relations once the studies have been published. In addition, a number of the members of our Board have donated items for our annual auction which are needed for us to continue our injury prevention efforts. Our Advisory Board members have also financed the Institute through their corporations, as well as through their foundations to help us become one, if not the most pre-eminent injury prevent research facility on a worldwide basis.
With an outstanding Board of Directors and with an outstanding Advisory Board, all that was needed was blood, sweat and occasionally some tears to accomplish our goals of providing high quality research dedicated to the public on a world wide basis.
Over the past 3 months alone, our most recent studies on head impact in soccer, our studies on golf injuries, our studies on chest impact injuries in baseball, as well as sliding related injuries with the utilization of break-away bases, have been highlighted in the electronic media on CNN, as well as CNN Headline News and CNN International, on WOMC radio in Detroit and on the Internet on On health.com and React.com. In addition, the Associated Press published a national press release on our injury prevention studies . Feature articles have appeared in the past several months in the Kansas City Star, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times (included for your review), the Washington Post (included for your review), Time Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Omaha World Herald. The Institute's research was featured in Biomechanics Magazine, as well as the Physician in Sports Medicine Journal. In a nutshell, the media has become an enormous advocate of injury prevention, as well as the Institute over the years. Without the help of the media, our research would not be brought in the public's living rooms and to the public's doorsteps on a daily basis. We believe that our relationship with the media is extremely important in furthering our injury prevention efforts and ultimately will reduce to a bare minimum the number of injuries that are occurring in sports on a worldwide basis.
the past 10 years, over 200
Print Media Articles
it was decided that the Institute would develop
its own symposium, The Mid-American Sports Medicine Symposium,
whose focus was to be on prevention, I must say the nay sayers and
doubters came to the surface once again.
We were told that we could not create a symposium event that would
attract registrants, let alone respectable faculty members.
We were told that we would lose money on the event and that it
would be a dismal failure. Once
again, we saw the impossible and through the vision of Mr. Frank Svechota,
Ms. Beth Kedroske, Ms. Terri Jobkar and Dr. Derek Mackesy, we created one
of the finest sports medicine symposiums.
Comiong up in April 2000 we will be having our
Since its inception, we have had the fortunate
opportunity through all the hard work of our symposium committee of
bringing together the finest sports medicine faculty of any sports
medicine course in North America. We
have also continued to grow our registrant numbers, as well as
demographics so that this coming year we anticipate 300 registrants from
the United States, Canada and, if history repeats itself, Europe, South
America and Australia. The
symposium has served us well in creating funds that we then utilize for
our research purposes. In
addition it has created a
platform for the Institute to extend its reach into hundreds of
communities throughout the world. At
the conclusion of our three day conference, our registrants essentially
become ambassadors of the Institute and the Institute's research. These
individuals who have gone back to their communities from our symposium
have truly had an enormous impact from the responses we have had from
their community leaders. Needless to say, the vision of our symposium steering
committee has truly been 20/20 and, in fact, has been visionary.
With the establishment of our website, we have reached thousands of
individuals who have not had the opportunity of being able to attend our
studies, can all be found in their entirety on this website, as
well as some other background information which is pertinent to the
On a day-to-day basis
there have been three individuals who have taken the Institute to a higher
level. Ms. Angela Cheney, Ms.
Cindy Bir and Ms. Beth Kedroske. Beth
who currently oversees the research in
the lab, is a member of our symposium steering committee and has had an
enormous positive impact on the Institute.
Without the help of these three fine individuals, we could not have
gotten the Institute to a point where we are today.
have had the fortunate opportunity of being the Director of the Institute
since its founding ten years ago. I
have been questioned as to why I donate 10-20 hours a week of my time, as
well as my finances to the Institute.
In short, it is beyond an interest or a hobby.
It has become a passion. I
H. Janda, M.D.