AO Sports

Gold-standard AO education on the surgical treatment of sports injuries and other soft-tissue conditions around the joint

Watch the video below to find out more about the
AO Sports Principles Course—Knee and Shoulder Injuries: The Joint is an Organ

Watch the video below to find out more about the
AO Sports Advanced Course—Knee Injuries and Deformities

About AO Sports

With more than 60 years of shaping the future of medical education and a worldwide network of expert trauma and reconstructive surgeons, the AO—with its latest initiative, AO Sports—is responding to the significant global need for unbiased education in sports medicine.

Taking a leadership role in the delivery of sports medicine education is a natural for the AO, which is constantly evolving to better meet the needs of its global network. Today, that includes providing gold-standard education on the surgical treatment of sports injuries and other soft-tissue conditions around the joint; surgical treatment of these conditions is closely related to classic orthopedic and trauma surgery—two specialties for which AO surgeons’ expertise is renowned.


Our concept of sports medicine

At the AO Sports debut at the AO Davos Courses 2021, AO TV spoke to Drs Mauricio Kfuri, Jim Stannard, and Yves Acklin about the importance of soft tissue-healing around the knee. Watch the discussion with a focus on “the knee as an organ.”

What you learn in our courses

  • Principles of Sports Medicine course learning objectives
    Learning fundamental principles of sports medicine, focusing on knee and shoulder with simulators
    Learning the recognition of the joint working as "an organ system"
    Appreciate the unique anatomy and biomechanics of intra- and extraarticular structures around the knee and shoulder
    Perform a thorough and systematic history and physical examination
    Formulate a treatment plan base on a focused problem list for common knee and shoulder injuries
    Comprehend the principles of sports medicine fixation strategies
    Perform standard arthroscopic procedure for sports medicine
    Apply the sports medicine rehabilitation and return to play

  • Advanced Knee course learning objectives
    Describe the surgical anatomy of the ligaments of the knee and its implication in the reconstructive procedures of those structures
    Describe the rationale applied to the management of soft tissues injuries (menisci, ligaments, and cartilage)
    Explain the importance of lower extremity alignment while managing knee disorders based on comprehensive clinical and radiological assessment
    Apply the principles of deformity correction to make a preoperative plan for osteotomies around the knee
    Apply concepts of ligament reconstruction and deformity correction in the setting of a skills lab

  • Master Shoulder course learning objectives
    Identify shoulder anatomy and pathology related to sports and soft-tissue injuries
    Obtain an injury specific history and perform a detailed physical exam of the shoulder
    Interpret appropriate radiographic images
    Create an accurate diagnosis
    Describe the treatment options and select an appropriate plan
    Perform arthroscopic and/or open procedures based on best scientific guidelines
    Develop an appropriate postoperative rehabilitation plan
    Identify and manage potential intra- and postoperative complications
    Review common, difficult, failed, and revision cases and explain how to manage poor outcomes

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Who we are

James Stannard

Jim Stannard, Chairperson

James P. Stannard, MD, is a clinician-scientist with an active orthopedic surgical practice. Along with his busy medical practice in Columbia, Missouri, United States, he holds advanced leadership roles across the University of Missouri academic health system, including chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hansjörg Wyss Distinguished Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, and medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, where he is chief medical officer for procedural services.

Shoulder task force

Martin Jaeger

Martin Jäger

Head of Shoulder surgery, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery University Hospital
Freiburg, Germany

Amon Ferry

Amon Ferry

Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine, Arizona Sports Medicine Center
Scottsdale, United States

Shiyi Chen

Shiyi Chen

Chair, Orthopedic Sports Medical of Huashan Hospital, Fudan University
Shanghai, China

Knee task force

M Kfouri

Mauricio Kfuri

Orthopedic surgeon, University of Missouri Health Care
Columbia, United States

Y Acklin

Yves Acklin

Site manager, Bethesda Spital, and team leader, sports/knee orthopedics, University Hospital Basel
Basel, Switzerland

Jiwu Chen

Jiwu Chen

Senior consultant, executive director of sports medicine, Raffles Hospital
Shanghai, China

Principles task force

James Stannard

Jim Stannard

Chairman, University of Missouri Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Columbia, United States

Ch Katthagen

Christoph Katthagen

Senior physician, Universitätsklinikum Münster
Münster, Germany

Seth Sherman

Seth Sherman

Orthopedic surgeon, Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic
Redwood City, United States

Saeed Al Thani

Saeed Al Thani

Orthopedic surgeon, Orthocure Medical Center
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

News from AO Sports

Discover our recorded webinars

Click on the previews below to open the recordings in a new window. To watch the videos, registration—but no payment—is required.

AO Sports Webinar—Arthroscopic Management of Glenohumeral Instability (English)

AO Sports Webinar—Arthroscopic Management of Glenohumeral Instability (Mandarin)

AO Sports Webinar—Arthroscopic Management of Rotator Cuff Tears

AO Sports Webinar—How I Treat a Massive Rotator Cuff Tear

How I Manage Recurrent Instability after a Labral Repair—From Revision Repair to Arthroscopic Glenoid Reconstruction with Distal Tibial Allograft

Failed Rotator Cuff Repair—Revision Repair vs Subacromial Balloon Spacer

Medial Knee Arthritis: Osteotomy vs Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

2023 AO Sports activities

Rimasys World Surgery Tour Festival

Sports Day—February 26, 2023
Online or onsite in Cologne

DKOU 2023

October 24–27, Berlin, Germany

Gallery of AO Sports activities