I choose ‘no injury’. Using the warning signal of pain as an overuse injury prevention strategy

By Pascal Edouard, MD, PhD, @PascalEdouard42 Overuse injuries are a common issue for athletes,[1–3] and preventing them is a priority in our field. Paying attention to the onset of the overuse injuries is a prevention strategy. The injuries may initially present as small pains that can easily be ignored and not addressed until significant pain […]

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All things awesome about Sports Kongres

By Christina Le @yegphysio Are you seeking more knowledge? Are you seeking more fun? Good news, if you want an epic combination of research and beers, look no further than Sports Kongres! Hosted in the lovely city of Copenhagen, this year’s edition featured 700 researchers and clinicians from all over the world, making it the largest sports […]

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What statistical analysis of observational performance data can tell us and what it cannot: the case of Dutee Chand vs IAAF vs AFI

By Simon Franklin, Jonathan Ospina Betancurt @JonathanOspinaB and Silvia Camporesi @silviacamporesi How can performance data resolve the arbitration of sensitive matters in the world of sports? In the absence of experimental data (i.e. clinical trials), researchers must build an argument based on associations in observational data. This data is often not widely available. Below, we’ll […]

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Part 2: Contemporary sports medicine in Poland, opening the window to the world

Haven’t read part 1? Here it is: 80 years and counting: the Polish Society of Sports Medicine (PSSM) and Poland’s contribution to the world of Sports Medicine. Opening the Polish Sports Medicine window to the world (1996 – 2018) Under the leadership of Dr. Wojciech Gawroński and Zbigniew Szyguła, in 1996, Sports medicine physicians from Krakow […]

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What makes and athlete exceptional? The exceptional case of testosterone?

By Silvia Camporesi @silviacamporesi The winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang are just around the corner. As usual with the Olympics, they will surprise us with exceptional performances of athletes, and lead those of us who watch from the sidelines to wonder: What makes an Olympic athlete who s/he is? Many would agree that the answer is […]

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Banning the tackle in school rugby: Let’s put it into context.

By Kass Gibson (@kassgibson) Proponents and critics of tackle rugby agree that the tackle is the most injurious aspect of the game.[1,2] Nonetheless, fierce debate regarding serious injury aetiology, harm minimization and maximizing health benefit in rugby has emerged.[3,4] I write as an academic and former Physical Education (PE) teacher who supports neither banning nor teaching […]

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Advance your sports respiratory knowledge by securing your place at #EILO2018

  Want to join us in learning about a condition that continues to make waves in Sports Medicine? This May, world experts meet at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health in Central London, to discuss exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) and other respiratory conditions that affect athletes around the world. The event is organised by […]

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Swiss Sports Student Day #2! “Have fun – meet the experts – learn the essentials”

  Swiss Junior Doctors and Undergraduate Perspective on Sport and Exercise Medicine Blog Series By Alexandra Tewes, Nadine Werthmüller, Giuseppe Loggia and Justin Carrard @CarrardJustin Haven’t read about the First Swiss Sports Student Day yet? We’ve linked it here. On 25th October 2017, the second edition of the Swiss Sports Student Day in Interlaken saw […]

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Food for thought: Levelling the playing field for Academy nutritionists in English youth soccer

By Mark Russell (@drmarkru55ell) In an attempt ‘to create a world leading Academy system that serves to provide more and better home grown players,’ the English Premier League initiated the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) in 2012[1,2]. Accordingly, the amount of coaching received by players rose from 3-12 to 4-16 h·player-1·week-1 when progressing from under […]

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