Sexual violence in sport: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement

Br J Sports Med. 2021 Feb;55(3):132-134. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2020-102226. Epub 2020 Jun 18.


The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) convened a group of experts to develop a Position Statement addressing the problem of sexual violence in sport. The AMSSM Sexual Violence in Sport Task Force held a series of meetings over 7 months, beginning in July 2019. Following a literature review, the Task Force used an iterative process and expert consensus to finalise the Position Statement. The objective of this Position Statement is to raise awareness of this critical issue among sports medicine physicians and to declare a commitment to engage in collaborative, multidisciplinary solutions to reduce sexual violence in sport.

Keywords: Position Statement; prevention; sexual harassment; sports medicine; violence.

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Consensus
  • Humans
  • Sex Offenses / prevention & control*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Sports Medicine / education*
  • Sports*
  • United States