Anyone who uses the FDM knows of its impact on quality of life, pain, and function. It was first discovered 33 years ago, yet we have very few published studies on the Fascial Distortion Model. The AFDMA research committee encourages and supports your contribution to the literature. This can be a case study or more extensive research. You can see our research page, which we update frequently with all the published studies we can find. You can see examples, spur ideas, and identify the holes in our published research.
This year’s research contest will culminate at the 8th FDM World Congress held in Seattle, WA. There, you will be able to present to peers from around the world with a poster or podium presentation. You are also welcome to join the contest and not present at the congress. The quality of the entry should be written in a format consistent with the minimal requirements to submit for publication by a reputable journal, such as the JAOA or AAOJ (see links for case study publication outlines). If unpublished, your entry needs to be written in a publication format. Your article won’t be eligible for the competition prizes if it has been submitted to other research competitions. International submissions are welcome, may have different prizes based on geography, and may be subject to any international regulations on research.
Whether you present at the World Congress or not, you will be eligible for the first place grand PRIZE of $1000 with $500 and $250 for 2nd and 3rd place. Your research will be judged by a non-biased panel of 5 judges who will use a scaled grading system. Those who present at the 8th FDM World Congress will be eligible for worldwide recognition, discounts on future modules, textbooks and other FDM swag.
If you have never written a case study or if you need some help or guidance, members of the AFDMA Research Committee are available to help. Just use the Contact Us form to let us know and someone will be back in touch.
Submissions should be completed by September 1, 2024. Winners will be determined by a random drawing, and winners will be notified by May 15 annually. Primary authors will determine how prizes are distributed among all authors. To see a list of previous winners of our competitions go here.
The AFDMA Research Committee reserves the right to change deadlines as needs arise but reasonably so.