BJSM Social Media Contributes to Health Policy Re-Think: A success story in Hertfordshire

By Christine Neyndorff and Dr. Richard Weiler There was an unprecedented response following our last BJSM blog to the draft consultation for the Hertfordshire Health & Wellbeing Board strategy for the coming years. The remarkable response following this BJSM blog deserves an update (thanks Ed.). We also wanted to thank everyone for their contributions. The original […]

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Depression, exercise and the impact of research

Guest blog by Dr Joseph Lightfoot and Mr Charlie Fry The recent BMJ publication Facilitated physical activity as a treatment for depressed adults: randomised controlled trial stirred the medical world and the media with the claim that exercise has no impact on depression. This supposedly myth-busting paper was shared, tweeted, commented upon and even appeared in a […]

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Sun Exposure in Athletes – 10 Tips to Prevent Cancer

By Drs James Thing & Thiviyani Maruthappu Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective (A twice-monthly Guest Blog)   As the sun finally breaks through the clouds after months of rain across the UK, it is worth reminding ourselves of the importance of sun protection for our athletes. As a sports doctor I, like many […]

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London 2012, the highs, the lows and……the Legacy: A UK trainee perspective

By Dr Ritan Mehta Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective (A twice-monthly Guest Blog)   We have just witnessed the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’.  Over 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees competed in 26 sports in a total of 39 disciplines at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Whether you are a sport enthusiast […]

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Do household chores add years to life?

By Callista Haggis (@CallistaAnne) and Karim Khan They are the bane of what should be a fun weekend of socialising, watching sport on TV (I mean exercising) and checking out BJSM on your iPad. Household bloody chores. The newspapers loved two of BJSM’s recent papers and inspired the bold and over- simplistic headline above. But […]

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“How does a clinician know what’s in the athlete’s best interest?” An Olympic experience

By Dr Amir Pakravan Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective (A twice-monthly Guest Blog) The practice of medicine, by its very nature, is prone to ethical problems and dilemmas. This is even more evident when providing pitch-side or field of play medical care to professional athletes. Whether it is Fencing’s 10 minute or Taekwondo’s […]

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Dr. Babette Pluim: Living the Olympic Dream

By Dr. Babette Pluim (@DocPluim) To work at an Olympic Games is a dream for every sport physician. So, in 2011, I applied to LOCOG as a volunteer. The minimum commitment was ten days, with an option to do both the Olympics and Paralympics. Nothing could hold me back at the interview. Yes, yes, yes, […]

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Dr John Orchard on the “metal staples – no local anaesthesia” – discussion. Guest Blog.

     Interchange laws, bleeding and apparently dying players @DrJohnOrchard I am very interested to have read the Blog by Drs Fowell and Earl (http://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2012/08/17/closing-soft-tissue-wounds-rapidly-at-pitchside-a-role-for-metal-skin-staples-without-anaesthesia/) about the use of staples to close lacerations on the side of the pitch in football matches. I used metal staples like this quite a few times myself in the […]

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Closing soft tissue wounds rapidly at pitchside – A role for metal skin staples without anaesthesia?

Guest Blog by Drs Christopher Fowell and Phillip Earl *Please also see the commentary from @DrJohnOrchard on this blog here * You  can vote on whether you think metal staples are a good idea via the BJSM ‘Current Issue’ page here:   You are working pitchside and your player receives a facial laceration. What are […]

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The legality of Pistorius: why ethics is more relevant than biomechanics. Guest blog @DrJohnOrchard

by @DrJohnOrchard I’m pleased to see Professor Lippi’s opinion piece on Oscar Pistorius in BJSM’s Online first [1], as it is a very important topic and the BJSM is a very appropriate forum to publish on this debate. Much of the article is a good neutral overview of the parameters of this debate. However I […]

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