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Prizes, excitement, legacy! 2013 BJSM Cover Competition

18 Nov, 13 | by Karim Khan

Welcome to the third annual BJSM cover competition. Where we get to do three things we enjoy: reflect on BJSM content (usually guided by one of our 13 member societies), celebrate the artistry of our covers, and solicit feedback from our readers.

Because BJSM had 16 issues in in 2014, you (and your friends) will have four preliminary rounds to vote for your favourite cover per ‘season’. First set of 4 covers below. The winner of each preliminary round will move to the final, sudden death round. The BJSM cover award ranks right up there with the Nobel Prize and an Oscar as a much vaunted and greatly valued award.

To refresh your memory about last years winners, READ THIS BLOG.

If you want to be eligible for a soon-to-be-revealed but definitely fabulous prizes you can do that too -but you can vote anonymously as well.

Voting starts…NOW:

January 2013 BJSM Cover

Cover 1: January 2013

Cover Jan 2

Cover 2: January 2013

Cover 2013 Feb 3

Cover 3: February 2013

Cover March 4

Cover 4: March 2013


























“Leaders in Performance” (2013): A wider, influential audience for turning research into action and policy. Managing Concussion // Performing in the Heat

14 Oct, 13 | by Karim Khan

JiriKK Aspetar booth2013

Pictured R-L at the Aspetar sponsor’s booth: Professor Jiri Dvorak (F-MARC), Dr Hakim Chalabi (Aspetar A-CMO and Executive Director of the National Sports Medicine Program), Karim Khan (attending as Aspetar Research & Education)

Leaders in Performance  was held in London last week – the world’s largest summit of sport owners/managers, high performance teams, sports medicine and science leads. Aspetar – Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital sponsored two workshops there:

1. Concussion Management with Professors Paul McCrory, Jiri Dvorak, Michael Turner and Roald Bahr.  The Consensus statement on concussion in sport (BJSM 2013) served as a key platform to further discussions. This pivotal roadmap for concussion management has had an estimated > 100,000 downloads worldwide and this diverse audience included management and sports medicine/sports science staff from all continents (with a major focus on Europe and North America). All football codes, ice hockey and basketball were well represented.For those addressing ‘implementation’ of sports medicine advances, this Leaders meeting provides a super example of how to reach influential novel audiences.

Two hot topics for the Concussion Workshop included (1) Is there a risk of long-term health problems including depression, suicide, dementia if players have repeated concussions, (2) Do ‘minor’ concussions accumulate – can there be the equivalent of an ‘overuse injury’ for concussion in sports like football, (3) Do children’s brains need different concussion management. Australia’s Assoc. Prof Paul McCrory directed the audience to his balanced review of the topic (open access). Because this review does not have the words ‘CTE’ in the title it may have been overlooked by many readers to date. McCrory’s most recent contribution is ‘OnlineFirst’ at BJSM; The first author is Dr Andrew Gardner and the paper is titled ‘Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Sport: a Systematic Review’. This paper will be controversial and have its critics as it provides thoughtful, evidence-based neurology arguing that there remains no causal link between sports-related concussion and the severe cognitive impairment clearly evident in some former NFL players and other professional athletes. At the Leaders meeting, McCrory gave credence to the very rigorous US neuropathology studies (such as Professor Ann McKee in Brain) but pointed out that similar clinical findings have not been seen in sports were concussion rates are much higher than in NFL. Those sports include Australian Rules Football (AFL) and horse racing (which was represented by panellist and concussion expert Dr Michael Turner).

We welcome counterpoints and further discussion – concussion prevention and management is the critical issue of our time and BJSM will dedicate a themed issue to issues including CTE in February of 2014.

2. Performing in the Heat with Jessica Ennis’ coach Toni Miniciello (@Coach_Toni), Head of Science for British Athletics Barry Fudge (@BFudge), and Drs Juan Manuel Alonso (DrJuanMAlonso) and Paul Dijkstra (@DrPaulDijkstra). This session drew on real-life competition experiences and practical strategies  to take back to  the training complex. Achieving peak performance without compromising health or safety of the athlete was a central focus. The multidisciplinary panel highlighted the utility of training adaptation in both the short-term (weeks before the event) and the long-term (visting future venues a year or more ahead in the hot season). Practical tips like cooling jackets, ice baths, finding shade (which is not always easy at major competitions) and sleeping in cooled conditions sounded self-evident but many athletes do not execute on each element.

Readers interested in Australian Rules Football can find ‘The Age’ article on this conference by BJSM Senior Associate Editor Dr Peter Brukner (@PeterBrukner)

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (@TheAMSSM) has provided an expert-authored discussion paper which has had over 23,000 views just on the BJSM site.


Life saved in semi final of SAFF Championship 2013 by FIFA-supplied AED (FMEB – FIFA Medical Emergency Bag)

11 Sep, 13 | by Karim Khan

Preventing sudden cardiac death was a critical forum topic at the 2012 FIFA Medical Conference in Budapest.  Advocates argued that pitch-side automated external defibrillators (AED) be required at FIFA competitions all over the world. In the last 5 years, only 24 of 84 football players who suffered cardiac arrest survived. Tragically, there was no AED available at the stadium in 80% of cases. 

So what happened next – what ACTION was taken?

We are delighted to share this good news story, this GREAT news story forwarded via email to us by Jiří Dvořák (FIFA Chief Medical Officer, Chairman F-MARC, BJSM co-author of: Consensus statement: The FIFA medical emergency bag and FIFA 11 steps to prevent sudden cardiac death: setting a global standard and promoting consistent football field emergency care)     

Dear Dr. Jiri,

Wanted to inform you that in Kathmandu, Nepal during a semi final match of SAFF Championship 2013 between Nepal and Afghanistan on 8th September 2013 one player of the Afghanistan team, had a minor cardiac arrest. His life was saved due to timely intervention of competition doctor Dr. Binmra Bista. He used the FIFA-supplied AED to successfully revive the player and then quickly shifted to hospital within the span of 3-4 minutes. In hospital all tests were carried out and the tests reports were normal.

I spoke to Dr. Bista after the end of the match, he used the AED for the first time and he also thanked FIFA for supplying AEDs. It was a great experience for this doctor and he was very quick sense the real problem and thus he ended up using  the AED.

I think tomorrow you might be able to read some news stories on this.

Thanks and best regards,


Shaji Prabhakaran, Regional Development Officer at FIFA

Remember that BJSM has published theme issues on Sports Cardiology including screening and prevention of sudden cardiac death (November 2012 and February 2013). The AMSSM and FIFA collaborated on an ECG interpretation module hosted by BMJ Learning

AMSSM Module


‘Care of the Female Athlete’ special theme issue: AMSSM call for manuscripts

25 Jul, 13 | by Karim Khan

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is soliciting submissions for publication in the February 2014 issue of the BJSM. This AMSSM themed issue will focus on the broad topic of “Care of the Female Athlete”. (See the cover of the 2013 AMSSM special issue of BJSM at right). 


Manuscript submissions can be in any area of sports medicine as it pertains to women in sport. Submission ideas can include but are not limited to those manuscripts that are cutting edge, highlight current areas of significant clinical interest or debate, focus on a novel treatment or training regimen.

Deadline for original manuscripts  is  September 15, 2013

They must be submitted to the BJSM Editorial office by this date to be considered. Instructions to authors can be found HERE . Submissions should be sent to

In your cover letter, reference that the paper is being submitted for the AMSSMease also send an email with the title of the paper you’re submitting to both Dr. Joy ( and Dr. Logan (, and copy BJSM Editor Karim Khan, MD, PhD (

Submission of a manuscript for the themed issue does not guarantee acceptance. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.

The AMSSM (@TheAMSSM), one of BJSM’s 13 member societies, is excited to have this opportunity to highlight “Care of the Female Athlete” in this BJSM issue. We are confident that we can have exceptional representation from our AMSSM membership and from other contributors.

Yours in sport and exercise medicine,

Elizabeth Joy, MD, MPH

Kelsey Logan, MD

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