Moneyball: Rewarding excellent sports medicine care. But check your indemnity limit. You may need more if treating elite professional athletes.

UKsem was the first conference to have a ‘Moneyball’ panel session; attendees voted with their feet that this should happen again. What’s ‘Moneyball’? The unabridged term refers to Michael Lewis’ book of that name. It’s about a baseball team who performed much better than they should have by recruiting cheap players who didn’t have the […]

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Guest Blog by Professor Timothy Noakes – A comment on ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’ and ‘Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It’

I have been reading Gary Taubes‘ books on nutrition and health – Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It. It is clear to me now that carbohydrate intake is the factor driving the obesity/diabetes/ heart disease/ metabolic syndrome epidemic globally. Taubes explains how this was known up […]

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Deflating the Genomic Bubble (in Science!)** Big news

This paper in today’s issue of Science is going to get a lot of attention because it has multibillion (yes, billion, of not trillion) dollar implications.  The thoughtful, balanced perspective should influence health policy from the WHO through to the NIH and lead public health agencies the world over. The international authors are not alone in making […]

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Book Review: “Triathlete’s Training Bible”

The Triathlete’s Training Bible will make triathletes smarter, stronger and faster Review by Ross Tucker Joe Friel’s Triathlete’s Training Bible, now in its 3rd edition, has become an indispensable tool for triathletes of all levels wishing to improve their performance using evidence-based methods and principles. Of most credit to the book is that it is […]

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Book Review: Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science: Running

Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science: Running Editor(s): John A. Hawley Print ISBN: 9780632053919 Online ISBN: 9780470757116 Copyright © 2000 Blackwell Science Ltd This book is a wonderful handbook for all those actively involved in the management of runners, including doctors, physiotherapists, podiatrists, physiologists and coaches. It gives a profound coverage of the science behind […]

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Book Review: Clinical anatomy of the lumbar spine and sacrum

Clinical anatomy of the lumbar spine and sacrum (2005) By Nikolai Bogduk Published by Churchill Livingstone pp 324, US$90. ISBN: 0-443-10119-1 This publication can be considered a classic for those clinicians involved in the care of patients with lower back problems. The purpose of the book is given in the foreword and the first paragraph […]

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Book Review: Exercise physiology: A thematic approach

Exercise physiology: A thematic approach By Tudor Hale. Published by Wiley, 2003, pp 356, £100/€135.00 (hardcover). ISBN: 978-0-470-84682-7 This publication is the first in the Wiley SportTexts series written specifically with undergraduate students in mind. This text is structured as a series of chapters that cover the basic principles associated predominantly with oxygen uptake, transport […]

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