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Bangladesh Institute of Sports Sciences (BISS) 3rd Sports Medical Science Course Series December 7-14, 2011

16 Aug, 11 | by Karim Khan

Dr. Mohammad Zubayer, President of BISS, invites clinicians to attend sports medical science courses related to: sports for health performance through sports sciences and sports medicine.

December 7-9, 2011
Certificate in Sports Nutrition: Jointly organized by the International Society of Sports Nutrition/ISSN and Bangladesh Institute of Sports Sciences/BISS

  • Dr. Douglas Kalman, Dr. Timothy Nathan Ziegenfuss &  Mr. Anthony Angelo Ricci

December 10-12, 2011
Sports Physiotherapy: by Turkish Association of Sports Medicine and Turkish Association Sports Physiotherapy, Turkey

  • Dr. Nevin Ergun PT, Ph.D & Dr. Derya Ozer Kaya PT, Ph.D

December 13, 2011
Orthopedics Sports Injuries and Sports Injuries Rehabilitation

  • Dr. Sedat Tolga Aydog, Sports Medicine Department Acibadem University, Turkey

High Altitude (Mountaineering), Expedition and Aviation Medicine

  • Dr. Prabodh Agarwal (Mukul), British Olympic Medical Institute and BASEM

December 14, 2011
Women Sports Development

  • Dr. Gertrude Pfister, Institute of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

More information will be launched on their website soon.

Ming Yao’s new stress fracture reminds us of the challenges of managing navicular stress fractue

21 Dec, 10 | by Karim Khan

Navicular stress fracture remains a career threatening injury. Ming Yao had one in 2009 and he reportedly underwent surgery for the injury as well as a separate realignment procedure.

Now he has what is reported as a medial malleolar stress fracture – and the sum of these injuries may be enough to end his career.

Our sympathies go out to Ming Yao who has been a tremendous ambassador for his country and the NBA.

Young clinicians who have not managed navicular stress fractures may do well to advise patients to have at least 6, but preferably 8 weeks of nonweightbearing cast immobilization after this injury.

Potter and colleagues discussed this injury in the linked paper in 2006. A recent meta-analysis reviewed over 30 years of literature and conclued in favour of conservative management in the first instance.

Joseph S Torg, the pre-eminent navicular stress fracture researcher, concluded “Non-weightbearing conservative management should be considered the standard of care for tarsal navicular stress fractures. The authors could find no advantage for surgical treatment compared with NWB immobilization”.

Professor Torg is a famous foot surgeon. When the surgeon advocate against surgery, it pays to listen.

Unfortunately surgery is no magic bullet for this frustrating condition.  Take the time to heal it properly in the first instance and avoid a premature end to career. The word around the courts is that when in college, Michael Jordan managed his navicular stress fracture the way Professor Torg suggested above. Seems like he did OK.

Football Science and Medicine – Kuala Lumpur 2011

14 Nov, 10 | by Karim Khan

AFC Conference on Science & Football Medicine

Kuala Lumpur March 18-20, 2011

The past 3 Asian Science and Football conferences (Tokyo; Kuala Lumpur & Muscat) were a great success with approx. 450 participants from all over the world.

KL promises a great program of keynote address symposiums, free papers, poster presentations  and clinical workshops in Sports Medicine.  It’s a “Low cost High output” activity at an excellent destination “Malaysia Truely Asia” – value for money. Here is the website: and you can email

Be part of a stellar sport and exercise medicine event promoting Football for Health. Abstract deadline is January 31, 2011. Terrific destination for colleagues and friends.

Best wishes

Dato’ Gurucharan Singh
Chairman, OC for AFC Conference on Science and Football Medicine / Scientific Committtee

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