May Featured Ed Board Members


Mustafa Karahan, MD
Atasehir Acibadem Surgical Center, Turkey

Dr. Karahan MD is working mainly on Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, Shoulder Surgery and Arthroscopy and is currently the Director of the Orthopedics Department in Atasehir Acibadem Surgical Center. After his graduation from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, Dr. Karahan completed his Orthopaedic residency in Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. He worked in Marmara University from 1988 to 2012 until he left his position as Professor of Orthopedics. He founded the SBSAM (Sports Sciences and Health Research Center in Marmara University) in 2004 working mainly Sports Prevention and Return to Sports issues. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics in Acibadem University, Istanbul where he is actively involved in CASE (Center for Advance Simulation and Training).

He is especially interested in Training of Arthroscopic Skills. He has started A Basic Arthroscopic Course in Veli Lok Basic Skills Lab in Marmara University since 2006 where more than 1000 local and International Attendees were trained. He has co-ordinated the ESSKA supported European Basic Arthroscopy Course for 2nd year in a row.

Dr. Karahan is an Executive Board Member of ESSKA and the Editor of ESSKA Academy, the online education platform of ESSKA. He is in the Education Committee of ISAKOS. In addition to his Editorial Board membership of AJSM, he is also an editorial board member of KSSTA, Arthroscopy, Journal of ISAKOS, AP-SMARTT (Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology). Dr. Karahan is the official Examiner of EBOT (European Board of Orthopedics and Traumatology).

He is the Vice President of Turkish Sports Traumatology Society. His Professional Duties regarding National Sports Associations are Member of Turkish Olympic Committee Health Commission, Director of Turkish Waterpolo Federation Health Commission, Director of Turkish Handball Federation Health Commission, Director of Turkish Rowing Federation Health Commission, Director of Turkish Canoeing Federation Health Commission, Member of Turkish Karate Federation Health Commission, Member of Turkish Volleyball Federation Health Commission.

He has published more than 70 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, has over 150 scientific presentations. He has co-edited the ESSKA-Springer book titled “Effective Teaching of Arthroscopic Skills” and also the Co-editor of the ISAKOS-Springer upcoming book of “Motor Skill Teaching Orthopedic Sports Medicine”. Dr. Karahan has been the Editor of 2 separate DVD productions for ESSKA; Management of ACL Injuries in Athletes and Ankle Injuries in the Athlete. He has authored in national and international book chapters and has been invited as guest lecturer in national and international meetings.

Selected Published Works

Glasson JM, Karahan M. The anterior transfer of the latissimus dorsi tendon-a difficult position to specify. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015;24(4):e101.

Christel PS, Akgun U, Yasar T, Karahan M, Demirel B. The contribution of each anterior cruciate ligament bundle to the Lachman test: a cadaver investigation. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2012;94(1):68-74.

Karahan M, Kocaoglu B, Cabukoglu C, Akgun U, Nuran R. Effect of partial medial meniscectomy on the proprioceptive function of the knee. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2010;130(3):427-431.

Akgun U, Kocaoglu B, Orhan EK, Baslo MB, Karahan M. Possible reflex pathway between medial meniscus and semimembranosus muscle: an experimental study in rabbits. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2008;16(9):809-814

Karahan M, Erol B, Bekiroğlu N, Uyan D. Effect of drain placed in the donor site in the early postoperative period after arthroscopically assisted anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with quadrupled hamstring tendons. Am J Sports Med. 2005;33(6):900-906.


Title:Soccer Anatomy DE:Cynthia McEntire
Don Kirkendall, PhD
Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC

Don maintains that practically everyone in the exercise sciences or sports medicine has a favorite sport and for Don, that is soccer. Growing up in the Washington, DC area he was exposed to the game “back before soccer was cool” and has maintained a close association with the game. College began at Brevard College and then Ohio University. At Ohio, he was mentored in anatomy and exercise physiology by the late Fritz Hagerman with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. After Ohio, Don pursued a Masters degree under David Costill at the renowned Human Performance Lab at Ball State University. Following a 1-year assignment at UCLA, Don enrolled at The Ohio State University to study exercise physiology for his PhD.

His first job was at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, but when John Bergfeld considered the creative decision to hire an exercise physiologist for the Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Sports Medicine, Don was recommended and hired as one of a small cadre of exercise science trained individuals to work in an orthopedic surgery department. After several productive and educational years, Don went back to academe at Illinois State University.

Over the years, Don’s research interest in soccer paired him on several panels with Duke’s Bill Garrett and they struck up a friendship. It wasn’t long that Bill was able to bring Don to Duke to join him in Duke’s Sports Medicine Section where they’ve collaborated on numerous projects, publications, and books. This connection with Bill helped draw the attention of US Soccer, with whom he continues to serve on their Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. And this association led him to meet Jiri Dvorak of FIFA’s Medical Assessment and Research Centre where he continues as a member of this research group focused on the health and safety of soccer players.

Currently, Don is a medical editor for the Center for Learning Health Care within the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He has authored/co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications, more than 20 chapters, edited 9 books, and written 2. Many of these are focused on soccer. He has served the profession by being on a number of editorial boards, was an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, is a Fellow and former Trustee for the American College of Sports Medicine, and is a board-certified Editor in Life Sciences.

Don has been married to Sara for 34 years, has 2 married children, Trevor and Katy, 2 grandchildren and another due this fall. And he writes book reviews on

Selected Published Works

Kirkendall DT, Chaouachi A, Aziz AR, Chamari K. Strategies for maintaining fitness and performance during Ramadan. J Sports Sci. 2012;30 Suppl 1:S103-8.

Kirkendall DT, Dvorak J. Effective injury prevention in soccer. Phys Sportsmed. 2010;38(1):147-157.

Dvorak J, McCrory P, Kirkendall DT. Head injuries in the female football player: incidence, mechanisms, risk factors and management. Br J Sports Med. 2007;41 Suppl 1:i44-46.

Queen RM, Weinhold PS, Kirkendall DT, Yu B. Theoretical study of the effect of ball properties on impact force in soccer heading. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2003;35(12):2069-2076.

Kirkendall DT, Garrett WE Jr. Heading in Soccer: Integral Skill or Grounds for Cognitive Dysfunction? J Athl Train. 2001;36(3):328-333.

Yu B, Kirkendall DT, Taft TN, Garrett WE Jr. Lower extremity motor control-related and other risk factors for noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Instr Course Lect. 2002;51:315-324.

Boden BP, Kirkendall DT, Garrett WE Jr. Concussion incidence in elite college soccer players. Am J Sports Med. 1998;26(2):238-241.

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