The British Orthopaedic Sports BOSTAA newsletter 2015 P1
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Summer 2015 NewsLetter…...
BOSTAA Established 1993
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Welcome to “New BOSTAA”!
1. Please make a new standing order to BOSTAA. Fares will be onto you.
2. Meetings & Events:
At BOA ,Liverpool Thursday 17/9/15. Morning instructional, followed by free papers, & lunchtime AGM.
At The Royal Society of Medicine January 2016 TBA
With BASK, Liverpool 30-31/3/16
3. Please encourage Travelling Fellowship applicants – closes mid August.
4. Please get acquainted with the OJSM at www.ojsm.org.
I’ve been involved with BOSTAA since attending (as the greenest of registrars) the meeting in 1993 which
David Dandy & Frank Horan called to discuss the formation of a new specialist society for sports trauma
within the BOA. Few of the many other acronymous medical sports organisations have managed the
decades since then without life-threatening conflict as the medical specialty of SEM was born. Many may
remember ESSKA2000, the problems BASEM had with accommodating physiotherapists (leading to
UKADIS), and the cripplingly budgeted “UKSEM” meetings. While we have escaped this, it is fair to say
that BOSTAA has always struggled to find its “métier”.
BOSTAA did well with a series of one day sports injuries symposia at the London RCS, but then tried to
expand and organized more than one ambitious & unarguably top class conference, with World authorities
agreeing to come to the UK to give keynote lectures, only to be cancelled at short notice due to lack of
registrations. One was in conjunction with the UK’s Rugby World Cup in 1999, another led to an accusation
of trying to “muscle in on” another major UK sports tournament. It seemed that we were too soon for the
anatomically-based UK Orthopaedic sub-specialists to want to use precious time attending a meeting to hear
from shoulder, knee AND ankle experts, as well as hips, groins, kids & even spines & before the new
specialty of Sport & Exercise Medicine trusted Orthopaedic surgeons to stop behaving like prop forwards.
We went back to try to regroup with regional meetings which were never exciting.
There was a return to form with the post-Olympic London World Sports Trauma Congress, which many of
you attended. A great one-off meeting at a level comparable with ESSKA & ISAKOS, marred by potential
legal conflict between BOSTAA & EFOST with whom we jointly organized on the one hand and the
company engaged to organize the meeting on the other. Profits were lower than they anticipated but in the
end at the cost of quite a few of Roger Hackney & others’ grey hairs, we have put this behind us without
either cost or expensive legal action.
We see the way forward to be building alliances with other associations, rather than plowing-on on our own.
We will encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas between for example sports physicians & knee surgeons,
ankle & shoulder surgeons, physiotherapists & other allied professions. We have recently organized a
number of very well-attended & particularly well-received sessions with BASEM, FSEM, EFORT & the
RSM and are looking forward to our own sessions (instructional & free paper) on the Thursday morning at
the BOA in Liverpool. We have been invited back to contribute to the RSM’s sports meeting in January,
will have a meeting jointly with BASK in the Spring of 2016 (also in Liverpool) and will look forward to
other joint meetings in coming years. We also need to work with the intercollegiate Faculty of Sport &
Exercise Medicine, helping them develop the musculoskeletal medicine component of their curriculum
which will help them train more easily “saleable” musculoskeletal physicians without sacrificing their
expertise in public health & exercise medicine and the management of medical conditions in sport.
As the BOSTAA RCS(Eng) Sports Tutor, Panos Thomas has coordinated a very successful programme of
educational courses – introduction to sports injuries, & anatomically-based sessions, & represented both BOSTAA
& the college from Glasgow to Beijing with such expertise that I would expect that he will be a very strong
candidate for the reorganized role of overall Orthopaedic tutor at the College.
A subscription to the AJSM used to be optionally included with our membership, but this was discontinued several
years ago after the loss of our volume discount. BOSTAA has now agreed to become a society partner of the new
Open Journal of Sports Medicine (OJSM - www.ojsm.org). This is an exciting development led by Bruce Reider
who has set up an open-access online off-shoot of the AJSM. Two of BOSTAA’s past presidents are on the editorial
board. The journal will rapidly publish our meeting abstracts & we encourage members to submit their research to it.
This model may be the future of publishing.
Our travelling fellowship has been sponsored by Arthrex for some years & been of enormous benefit to recipients,
some of whom are now leading the way in sports trauma in the UK. It is now time to encourage your keen registrars
(or apply yourself if under 40) to apply. Full details on the website www.BOSTAA.ac.uk, but in brief, application
requires CV & logbook along with a short literature review of a topic of the applicant’s choice. The closing date for
applicants to (Deiary Kader, Hon Sec) is mid-August, for appointment by interview at the BOA on Thursday 17th
Fares Haddad comes to the end of his 3 year term as treasurer, but is willing to continue for a second term. We invite
other nominations for this post, to be elected at our AGM, also at the BOA on 17th
We remain a relatively small organization (100-200 members) and want to establish what the interest is from you in
taking sports trauma & arthroscopy forward as a sub-specialty. Many members are dormant, (but paying!). Others
are keen but not captured on our list. Fares has put a huge amount of work into rationalizing this & we are moving to
a new, more efficient bank account which will re-establish who wants to be & is a paid-up member of this
association. PLEASE ARRANGE A NEW STANDING ORDER when Fares contacts you. It is only £25.
In revitalizing BOSTAA in the slightly different direction, we look to our members for comments, suggestions &
support. We encourage you to get involved, come along to the excellent meetings, broaden you horizons by hearing
from other related specialists. Let us know what you think – please attend the AGM in Liverpool. The meetings are
often a little different from the “same old” orthopaedics! Please do revise your standing orders & encourage
colleagues and keen registrars (as associate members) to apply to join us.
Simon Roberts MA FRCS(Orth) FFSEM
Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Surgeon B
The objectives of the association are to provide a
forum for the presentation of basic research, advances
in clinical practice and the results of surgical
procedures pertaining to orthopaedic sports trauma
and to improve the care offered by orthopaedic
surgeons to sportsman/women
Arthrex Traveling Fellowship