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Olympics Physician, Per A.F.H. Renstrom, MD, PD, Inducted into Sports Medicine Hall of Fame
Date:6/27/2009

One of five 2009 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame inductees, Per A.F.H Renström, MD, PhD, will be inducted into the Society's Hall of Fame on Friday, July 11th during its Annual Meeting in Keystone, Colorado.

Keystone, CO (Vocus) June 27, 2009 -- One of five 2009 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame inductees, Per A.F.H Renström, MD, PhD, will be inducted into the Society's Hall of Fame on Friday, July 11th during its Annual Meeting in Keystone, Colorado.

A native of Sweden, Dr. Renström studied at the Göteborg University in Sweden. He defended his PhD thesis in 1981 with a book on below-the -knee amputees. Before moving to the United States in 1988, Dr. Renström worked at the Department of Orthopaedics at the Sahlgren University Hospital in Göteborg. After he moved to the states, he took a full professorship in orthopaedics and sports medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington.. He stayed there until 1997 when he became a professor and head of Section of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

He has been heavily involved in sports medicine research; having published more than 163 peer reviewed papers, 16 books and 72 full chapters in books and proceedings. His book, authored with Lars Peterson, "Injuries in Sport" is a world-wide bestseller. His research has also won prestigious awards such as AOSSM's O'Donoghue Research Award, AAOS's Kappa Delta Award, ISAKOS' Albert Trillat's Award and GOTS' Beiersdorf Research Award along with Sweden's Outstanding Research in Sports Science Award.

In addition to his busy research and teaching schedule, Dr. Renstöm has also served as chairperson of the Swedish National Research Council of Sports Science, the vice president of the International Sports Medicine Federation, and the president of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He was a founding member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Academy of Sports Sciences, and was a member of the IOC's Publication Advisory Subcommission and is a member of the IOC's Medical and Scientific Commission. He founded and served as the president of the International Society of Medicine and Science in Tennis. He also currently serves as a medical director for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour.

While he currently oversees the medical service for athletes during the Olympic Games and the ATP World Tour, he is also the head physician for the Swedish Football/Soccer Federation, and has treated athletes as a physician for the Swedish Davis Cup Tennis Team.

AOSSM established the Hall of Fame in 2001 to honor members of the orthopaedic sports medicine community who have contributed significantly to the specialty. Nominations are submitted by AOSSM members and reviewed by and selected by the Hall of Fame subcommittee.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

For more information, please contact AOSSM Director of Communications, Lisa Weisenberger, at 847/292-4900 or e-mail her at lisa (at) aossm (dot) org. Additional information and press releases can be viewed in the newsroom on AOSSM's Web site at www.sportsmed.org.

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