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Albany Med Physician Wins Sports Medicine Research Award

A publication on soccer head injuries by Hamish Kerr, M.D., sports medicine specialist at Albany Medical Center and a physician at Capital Region Orthopaedics, has been chosen as the most outstanding research paper to appear in the journal Sports Health in 2013.

Dr. Kerr’s study, which focused on the practice of “heading,” or hitting the ball with the head in soccer, received the 2014 Sports Health T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper.

Dr. Kerr said that a better understanding of the neck muscles’ role during a player’s contact with the ball may help prevent neurologic injuries. 

“Having a stronger neck can help prevent brain injury and other injuries to the head and neck,” said Dr. Kerr, who is the team physician for Siena College, USA Sevens Rugby, the United States Olympic Committee, and the Scottish Football Association. “By focusing more attention on strengthening neck muscles in training, we could help players reduce vulnerability to debilitating injuries.”

As the winner of this year’s T. David Sisk Award, Dr. Kerr will receive an award plaque and a $2,500 honorarium. He has asked his co-author, Zachary Dezman, M.D., a graduate of Albany Medical College, to accept the award, which will be presented in Seattle, Washington, in July.

The T. David Sisk Award was established in 2010 to honor the best paper submitted to Sports Health in a given year. The bimonthly journal is published by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and the Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS).

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