The sedentary office: the need for more pragmatic guidelines

Letter to the Editor by: Dr Kelly Mackenzie, Specialty Registrar in Public Health / Academic Public Health Fellow In response to:  JP Buckley & A Hedge et al (2015). The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity. We welcome the development of quantifiable targets relating to workplace sedentary.  However, given the low quality […]

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Authors of “”Load me up Scotty”: Mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy…” respond to Letter to the Editor by Dr. Nick Webborn and colleagues

Thank you for your interest in our editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine: ”Load me up Scotty”: mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy (formerly known as plantar fasciitis)”. However, we find your letter to the editor (published in this recent blog) somewhat hit-and-miss with regards to the main “swings” (critique points) provided by you and your […]

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‘Load me up, Scotty’: mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy – “It may be science Jim, but not as we know it!” (Letter to the Editor)

Letter to the Editor by BJSM Associate Editor Dr Nick Webborn and colleagues In response to: MS Rathleff and K Thorborg (2015) ‘Load me up, Scotty’: mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy (formerly known as plantar fasciitis) Although it’s good to see researchers putting forward hypotheses for improving rehabilitation protocols, I believe there needs to be a balance […]

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Common ground and continued debate: further response to “Strong evidence against PRP injections for chronic lateral epicondylar tendinopathy: a systematic review”

The rich academic discussion continues! Here is a Letter to the Editor from Renee Keijsers, Denise Eygendaal, Michel P. J. van den Bekerom that they wrote in response to a blog from RJ de Vos and colleagues (read it here), who wrote an initial Letter to the Editor (read it here) in response to: Robert-Jan de Vos, Johann […]

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De Vos, Windt and Weir respond to: “Should we really abandon PRP in the treatment of lateral epicondylar tendinopathy?”

One of the great things about social media (blogs, Twitter, etc.) is that it encourages dynamic dialogue and discussion. Academics and practitioners alike benefit from the new insights and ‘food for thought’ this generates. With this tenet in mind, here is a letter from Robert-Jan de Vos, Johann Windt and Adam Weir in response to the BJSM blog: Should we really […]

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Should we really abandon PRP in the treatment of lateral epicondylar tendinopathy?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to: Robert-Jan de Vos, Johann Windt, Adam Weir. Strong evidence against platelet-rich plasma injections for chronic lateral epicondylar tendinopathy: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2014;48(12):952-956.  Dear Editor, Recently a systematic review was published in your journal by de Vos et al (1) on the effect of PRP (Platelet rich […]

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Exercises to prevent sports injuries – lots of talk, but do they work?

Letter to the Editor By Dr. Babette Pluim (@DocPluim) In response to: Jeppe Bo Lauersen, Ditte Marie Bertelsen, Lars Bo Andersen. The effectiveness of exercise interventions to prevent sports injuries: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BJSM. 2014; 48:11 871–877 . Strength training was the big winner in a recent BJSM systematic review and meta-analysis of Lauersen et al.1 The […]

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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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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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Letter to the Editor: Separating fatness from lack of fitness

By Sarmax. In many practical situations such as the treatment of hypertension, it is important to determine whether an improvement of condition following exercise prescription is due to an increase in aerobic fitness, or whether it simply reflects a reduction in body fat content (1) A previous review of 61 studies of training-induced changes in […]

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