Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast: The MOON and MARS ACL Studies

The MOON and MARS ACL Studies


Did you know that when you think of the words MOON and MARS, they actually have a meaning outside of our celestial bodies in the sky? You probably never even equated those couple of words to sports medicine. If you have not, you should, especially if you see young athletes with ACL tears. My two guests today helped to create the MOON and MARS multicenter research groups. We’ll talk about how these groups got started, what they’ve found with their incredible number of prospectively followed patients with ACL tears, how they helped set up a multicenter research group that most would be thrilled to mimic. Let’s talk MOON and MARS!


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— Moon ACL Website with ACL calculator

— MOON Knee Group, Spindler KP, Huston LJ, Zajichek A, Reinke EK, Amendola A, Andrish JT, Brophy RH, Dunn WR, Flanigan DC, Jones MH, Kaeding CC, Marx RG, Matava MJ, McCarty EC, Parker RD, Vidal AF, Wolcott ML, Wolf BR, Wright RW. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in High School and College-Aged Athletes: Does Autograft Choice Influence Anterior Cruciate Ligament Revision Rates? Am J Sports Med. 2020 Feb;48(2):298-309. doi: 10.1177/0363546519892991. Epub 2020 Jan 9. PMID: 31917613; PMCID: PMC7319140.

— MOON Knee Group, Spindler KP, Huston LJ, Chagin KM, Kattan MW, Reinke EK, Amendola A, Andrish JT, Brophy RH, Cox CL, Dunn WR, Flanigan DC, Jones MH, Kaeding CC, Magnussen RA, Marx RG, Matava MJ, McCarty EC, Parker RD, Pedroza AD, Vidal AF, Wolcott ML, Wolf BR, Wright RW. Ten-Year Outcomes and Risk Factors After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A MOON Longitudinal Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Mar;46(4):815-825. doi: 10.1177/0363546517749850. PMID: 29543512; PMCID: PMC6036619.

— Kaeding CC, Pedroza AD, Reinke EK, Huston LJ; MOON Consortium, Spindler KP. Risk Factors and Predictors of Subsequent ACL Injury in Either Knee After ACL Reconstruction: Prospective Analysis of 2488 Primary ACL Reconstructions From the MOON Cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Jul;43(7):1583-90. doi: 10.1177/0363546515578836. Epub 2015 Apr 21. PMID: 25899429; PMCID: PMC4601557.

— Kaeding CC, Aros B, Pedroza A, Pifel E, Amendola A, Andrish JT, Dunn WR, Marx RG, McCarty EC, Parker RD, Wright RW, Spindler KP. Allograft Versus Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Predictors of Failure From a MOON Prospective Longitudinal Cohort. Sports Health. 2011 Jan;3(1):73-81. doi: 10.1177/1941738110386185. PMID: 23015994; PMCID: PMC3445196.

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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guests Featured Inside this Program

Kurt Spindler - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadKurt Spindler: 

Dr. Kurt Spindler is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon who currently practices at Cleveland Clinic, which is also where he completed his sports medicine fellowship, and serves as Vice-Chair of Research and Director of Orthopedic outcomes since moving there since 2014. Prior to that he spent over 20 years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, which is where I crossed paths with him during my sports medicine fellowship training and spent time in clinic with him through my 2 years at Vandy. He has been actively involved in numerous orthopedic professional organizations both nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards, has been funded by the NIH sinced 2006 and over 200 peer-review publications to his name.

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Rick Wright - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadRick Wright: 

Dr. Rick Wright is the Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Vanderbilt in Nashville and also an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon. He returns to Nashville where he did his orthopedic training after spending a long career as a surgeon, researcher and team physician at Washington University where I had the honor of working with him as one of my partners for 15 years. He also has been involved in numerous orthopedic professional organizations, has secured significant NIH funding for orthopedic research and has published and presented extensively over his career both nationally and internationally.

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