Patellofemoral pain syndrome? Consider orthoses or more comfortable shoes!

In the current issue of BJSM, Barton, Menz, and Crossley’s report on The immediate effects of foot orthoses on functional performance in individuals with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Their paper supports the beneficial effects of prefabricated orthoses. Orthoses “provide immediate improvements in functional performance, and these improvements are associated with a more pronated foot type and […]

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Guest Blog – Wayne Hall weighs in on Genomic Screening

Professor Wayne Hall commented on the ‘modest’ impacts of population genomic screening in October last year in the prestigious PLoS journal (open access, yeah!!) After reading last Friday’s BJSM blog relating to Prof Tim Caulfield’s ‘Deflating the Genomics Bubble’ paper in Science,’ Prof  Hall provided this first-hand background story to his PLoS paper: The aim […]

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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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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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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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Tour de office? New research findings on mini-bike for sedentary workers

Continuing the theme of creative strategies to overcome sedentary behaviour, this month’s  BJSM includes Lucas Carr et. al’s article: “Feasibility of a portable pedal exercise machine for reducing sedentary time in the workplace.” Interesting to consider the strategy of bringing an exercise machine directly to the feet of office workers who don’t make time to leave the […]

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Role of pacing in speed skating and cycling (see video!): Florentina J Hettinga guest blogs for BJSM

At about this time last year, the Winter Olympics took place in Vancouver.  In my country (the Netherlands) this is a very important event, being raised (or maybe even born if we think of Mark Tuitert, Ireen Wűst and Sven Kramer…) with speed skates on our feet. However, since it is also the year before the […]

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Convergence of Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Experts in Mozart’s Home City

In October 26 – 29, 2011, Salzburg, Austria will host the 7th European Congress of Sports Medicine and the  3rd Central European Congress of  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The events take place as part of the Annual Assembly of the German and the Austrian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This merger of Sports Medicine and […]

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