Practical Guidance for Exercise and Pregnancy: 10 Take home messages from the BMJ Podcast

Exercise  during pregnancy provides many benefits to the mother and baby. Fortunately, clinicians and mothers have moved well beyond the view that women should be confined, or cannot initiate activity and be active at any stage of pregnancy. Here are 10 ‘take home messages’ for both clinicians and mums from a recent BMJ podcast with […]

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Where is Sport and Exercise Medicine heading?

Guest Blog by Dr Pria Krishnasamy The UK trainee perspective (The BJSM blog features the trainee perspective every two weeks)* As I edge closer to the crossroads of my own career, I muse aloud as to where Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is heading?  Is the majority of our workload going to involve musculoskeletal medicine […]

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Is the global movement ‘tipping’? Exercise IS medicine

Three exciting updates from the frontlines of health promotion through physical activity. First, congratulations to Professor Steven Blair for winning the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. This international competition celebrates a researcher whose work promises to broaden understanding of how physical activity, nutrition or psychosocial factors influence personal health and well-being. Professor […]

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PLAYING GENERATION GAMES – a novel approach to active ageing

Guest Blog by Dr Kate Jackson The UK trainee perspective (A monthly BJSM blog feature)* This morning I was walking through woods on one of those glorious crisp days. I stopped in a patch of sunlight, with my North Face hat pulled down over my ears, and I felt a physical upsurge of pure, simple, […]

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23 and a half hours video passes 2 million views!

Mike Evans circulated this to his hockey team of kids early in December 2011.  #1 educational video on YouTube. Remember that low fitness (<30 mins of physical activity daily) kills more Americans that smoking, diabetes, and obesity combined (smokadiabesity). Click on this link. Watch it, share it. Do it yourself. Encourage patients to watch it […]

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via American College of Sports Medicine – a ‘retweet’ effectively!

ACSM posted the following to members… Yesterday’s U.N. Side Event on Physical Activity and Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) brought together an extraordinary group of world ministers of health, public health professionals, physical activity advocates, scientists, elite athletes and other experts. The focus was on physical activity as a global health opportunity, informing the deliberations of the […]

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Mechanotherapy paper passes 90,000 downloads – did you miss it?

Historical note: This blog was first published in 2011 when the paper had 5,000 views. The numbers have been updated in April 2016. OK – I begin with a ‘competing interest’ statement – I’m blogging about a paper I coauthored. But, I think it is my first such post since we started blogging seriously at […]

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Educating ALL Medical Specialists to consider exercise as the fifth vital sign – Dr. Danica Bonello Spiteri comments

Guest blog by Dr. Danica Bonello Spiteri I read with great interest your article  ‘Developing healthcare systems to support exercise: exercise as the fifth vital sign’ (Sallis R. Br J Sports Med May  2011 45;6:473-4 – Free online). My main concern is whether we should also be educating the physicians. I recently was involved in […]

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Osteoarthritis Prevention: Important for the Young and Old

In April, our special issue of BJSM reminds athletes, clinicians, and coaches that prevention of osteoarthritis is important for both younger and older athletes. Check these papers online first if you have BJSM access – otherwise they’ll be up on April 1st. Dennis Caine and Yvonne Golightly review  the epidemiology of OA, the effect of […]

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Preventing sports injuries – here are success strategies! Guest blog Professor Caroline Finch –

In a universal quest to ensure that sports injury prevention efforts actually do work because athletes and other participants actually do what we recommend they do, there have been increasing calls for more attention towards understanding the drivers of sports injury prevention from a behavioural perspective.  It is concerning, therefore, that the sports injury research […]

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