Call for Drs Bermon and Garnier to share anonymised underlying performance data

(This version of the blog was copyedited for clarity and to add an explanatory note below on May 22nd and June 1st by Editor Karim Khan. Previous versions available). We respectfully ask Drs Bermon and Garnier (2017, hereafter BG17) to share the underlying athletes’ performance data summarised in their British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) study.[1] […]

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No longer arthroscopy for degenerative knee disease? Potential benefits from a novel technique should not be ignored

Letter in response to BJSM Article: Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee arthritis and meniscal tears: a clinical practice guideline   Dear Editor, It was with great interest that we read the republished guideline1 entitled “Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee arthritis and meniscal tears: a clinical practice guideline.” Based on the findings from previous studies, the […]

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Does the Nordic hamstring exercise prevent hamstring injury?

By Ashokan Arumugam1, Kavitha Vishal2   1Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation – Physiotherapy Section, Umeå University, SE-901 87, Umeå, Sweden 2Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India   PEDro synthesis on the following paper: “Al Attar WSA, Soomro N, Sinclair PJ, et al. Effect of injury prevention programs […]

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New Eligibility Regulations for female athletes with “Differences of Sex Differentiation”

By By Simon Franklin, Jonathan Ospina Betancurt @JonathanOspinaB and Dr Silvia Camporesi @silviacamporesi  New Eligibility Regulations for female athletes with “Differences of Sex Differentiation” have been put forward by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) today (26 April 2018) (https://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/eligibility-regulations-for-female-classifica). The regulations say that athletes, including Semenya, will have to reduce and then maintain their testosterone […]

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Preoperative exercise halves the postoperative complication rate in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review of the effect of exercise on complications, length of stay and quality of life in patients with cancer

  Letter in response to BJSM Article: Preoperative exercise halves the postoperative complication rate in patients with lung cancer: a systematic review of the effect of exercise on complications, length of stay and quality of life in patients with cancer.   Dear Editor, It was with great pleasure that I read the recent review article by […]

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Time to dispense with the male/female binary in sport? Analysis of the cases of Laurel Hubbard and Mack Beggs

  By Lynley Anderson, Taryn Knox and Alison Heather International media has reported on Laurel Hubbard, a 39 year old trans-woman weightlifter who has been named in the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team to compete in Australia in 2018. Hubbard is the first New Zealand weightlifter to medal at any world championships and is the first transgender athlete […]

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