Cape Town Medical 10, running race for health professionals

Letter to the Editor The 35th staging of the Medical 10 will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, in November 2013. It is a 10 kilometre running race for health professionals. The race started in 1978 after a physician, Hennie Muller (shown in the photo with his grandson), discovered that the doctors in Finland […]

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Applicability of muscle injury classification system in The Munich Consensus Statement? (Letter to the Editor)

 By Drs. Del Buono, Best and Maffulli  Letter to the Editor In response to: Terminology and classification of muscle injuries in sport: The Munich consensus statement. Mueller-Wohlfahrt HW, Haensel L, Mithoefer K, Ekstrand J, English B, McNally S, Orchard J, van Dijk CN, Kerkhoffs GM, Schamasch P, Blottner D, Swaerd L, Goedhart E, Ueblacker P.  Br J Sports […]

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Debate! Is education more effective than mandating helmets for skiers and snowborders? – Guest Blog from Canada Safety Council

The Canadian Paediatric Society has called for legislation mandating helmet use for all skiers and snowboarders. The Society says that through mandatory helmet legislation, governments can send a strong message that helmets are important and reduce the risk of brain injury and disability. For the record, I am a strong advocate for helmets for skiers […]

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Letter to the Editor: Gate control pain modulation theory explains the effectiveness of prolotherapy

E-letter by: Dr. Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece In response to: Simon Petrides. 2011. The use of prolotherapy injections for elite athletes. Br J Sports Med ; 45: 2 (Electronic pages). Dear BJSM Editors, The dorsal horns are not merely passive transmission stations but sites at which dynamic activities (inhibition, […]

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Fitness and health of children through sport: the context for action – Guest Blog Caroline Finch

(follow Caroline Finch on Twitter — @CarolineFinch) This relates to: Micheli, L, Mountjoy, M, and Engebretsen, L et al. 2011. Fitness and health of children through sport: the context for action. BJSM. 45:931-936 I read, with great interest, the paper by Micheli et al [1]in the September Injury Prevention and Health Promotion issue of the […]

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Letter to the editor: Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome articles – clarification needed!

September 19, 2011 The Editor British Journal of Sports Medicine Dear Prof Khan Re: Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome articles I was very excited to receive the September issue of your journal and observe that there were a number of articles on chronic exertional compartment syndrome. As Hutchinson quite rightly states in Chronic exertional compartment syndrome: “key […]

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Debating weight change and performance in marathon runners: Armstrong, Johnson, and Munoz guest blog (e-letter)

We write to present alternative interpretations of the data published by Zouhal and colleagues, in the BJSM article: Inverse relationship between percentage body weight change and finishing time in 643 forty-two-kilometre marathon runners The Abstract states that “… these  data are not compatible with laboratory-derived data suggesting that BW [body weight] loss greater than 2% during […]

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Response to Ian Shrier

We agree with Ian Shrier that the finding of an effect of stretching on risk of muscle, ligament and tendon injuries should be interpreted with caution. That is why we wrote “The finding of an effect of stretching on muscle, ligament and tendon injury risk needs to be considered cautiously because muscle, ligament and tendon injury risk was a […]

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Research in Stretching- A Letter to the Editor

Editor, I recently read the article Jamtvedt et al on whether pre and post stretching prevents injury (1) with interest. I commend the authors for their well-conducted study and would like to comment on two particular issues. First, the authors correctly point out that there was no difference in the primary outcome of all injuries, […]

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E-letter: Question regarding the use of autologous PRP injections for tendinopathies

The following is a letter to BJSM from Ralph S. Bovard MD: Dear BJSM, I have a question regarding the use of autologous platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections for tendinopathies of various sorts.  This procedure has been gaining favor with sports medicine clinicians for use in athletes with tendon injuries that are slow to respond […]

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