Founding Supporters

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

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. AOSSM members initiated the development of STOP Sports Injuries in 2008.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

With more than 36,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the premier not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions the interests of patients of all ages and advances the highest quality of musculoskeletal health. Orthopaedic surgeons and the Academy are the authoritative sources of information for patients and the general public on musculoskeletal conditions, treatments, injury prevention and related issues. An advocate for improved care, the Academy and its members work to improve musculoskeletal health, stimulate research and improve people's quality of life.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 60,000 members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and many other countries. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. More than 34,000 members are board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is a multi-disciplinary organization of physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, collaboration and fellowship within the field of Sports Medicine. Founded in 1991, the AMSSM is now comprised of over 1500 Sports Medicine Physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.

National Athletic Trainers' Association

Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 33,000 members worldwide today. The mission of the National Athletic Trainers' Association is to enhance the quality of health care provided by athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession. Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

National Strength and Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a nonprofit, educational organization established in 1978 that provides resources and opportunities for professionals in strength and conditioning and related fields. It serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of strength training and conditioning and personal training information and is recognized as the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning for improved physical performance. With more than 30,000 members located in 52 countries, the NSCA draws upon its vast network of coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, educators, researchers and physicians to develop and present the most up-to-date information on strength training and conditioning and personal training practices, injury prevention and research findings.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) has as its mission the development and implementation of the highest quality education of pediatric orthopaedists thereby assuring the best possible care of musculoskeletal pediatric patients. POSNA will endeavor to become the focal point and authoritative source on such care through appropriate alliances with other related organizations and through research that will lead to evidence based patient care.


Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids Worldwide was founded in 1987 as the National SAFE KIDS Campaign by Children's National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson. Safe Kids Worldwide is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C.

American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy

The American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT) is a component member of the American Physical Therapy Association, which provides a common forum for members of the Association with an interest in sports physical therapy. The Section was founded in 1973. At the time of application for section status, it was composed of seventy-five members who shared a common interest in sports. The AASPT has grown tremendously in the past two decades and is the third largest section among the parent organization's eighteen specialty sections. By providing a common forum for physical therapists with an interest in sports physical therapy, the AASPT serves to broaden the field of physical therapy. Emphasis in this specialty area of physical therapy includes, but may not be limited to: performance enhancement, recognition and management of active sports injuries, treatment, rehabilitation, and research of sports injuries.