SMA Centennial

Sports Medicine: The Last 100 Years

Authors: Angus McBryde, MD, FACS, Bill Barfield, PHD


Sports medicine has evolved during the 20th century. Before World War II, there were minor developments in the field, but in the last half of the 20th century, sports medicine has progressed to new millennium status. Sports medicine developed throughout the 50s and 60s, introducing total joint replacement, endoscopic techniques, internal fixation of fractures and the virtual ablation of polio and tuberculosis as major public health concerns.

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