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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N=1 vs metadata in evaluating the effects of footwear on gait biomechanics

Letter in response to Shaw KE, Charlton JM, Perry CKL, et al. The effects of shoe-worn insoles on gait biomechanics in people with knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med 2018;52:238-253. Footwear has long been considered a conservative management strategy for a variety of medical conditions. From tendon dysfunction to diabetic ulcers […]

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Risks associated with sitting and physical inactivity are not comparable to those of smoking (Letter to the Editor)

By Brigid M. Lynch, Paul A. Gardiner, Jeff K. Vallance, Terry Boyle, Neville Owen and Ron Borland Letter in Response to Online First Article (8 January 2018) “Infographic: Physical activity, sitting time and mortality.” Ekelund’s Infographics piece1 provides an overview of the Ekelund et al.2 harmonised meta-analysis of the joint effects of self-reported sitting and […]

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Authors’ response to letter by M O de Almeida & B T Saragiotto on “The effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in common lower limb conditions: a systematic review including quantification of patient-rated pain reduction”

We thank the correspondents for their interest in our recent review [1], and appreciate the opportunity to reply. Clinical trumps statistical – synthesise the evidence to inform practice A review of a clinical intervention can include both (i) quantitative (e.g. meta-analyses of effect sizes) and (ii) qualitative (e.g. subjective scoring and weighing of the available […]

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Letter in response to “The effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in common lower limb conditions: a systematic review including quantification of patient-rated pain reduction”

By Matheus Oliveira de Almeida @Matheusoa, and Bruno T Saragiotto @bsaragiotto Korakakis and colleagues’ recent systematic review of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) concluded that the intervention may be effective in the treatment of some lower limb conditions1. However, some aspects of the review raise doubts about the positive conclusion. Although the authors reported that they conducted […]

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The on-going debate about the usefulness of abdominal hypopressive technique on pelvic floor dysfunction: Evidence or evidence, there is no room for speculation.

In response to: “Is abdominal hypopressive technique effective in the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction? Marketing or evidence from high-quality trials?” (Letter to the editor)    By Saúl Martín Rodríguez @smrodguez and Kari Bø We thank the authors for the on-going debate about the hypopressive method and its hypothetical benefits on pelvic floor […]

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Letter in response to “Is abdominal hypopressive technique effective in the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction? Marketing or evidence from high-quality trials?”

By Tamara Rial Rebullido @Tamara_Rial and Iván Chulvi-Medrano @IvanChulvi We would like to highlight several historical and practical points of view that were overlooked in the discussion paper by Martín-Rodríguez and Bø . 1 Firstly, a look through history of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) exercises dates back to ancient Chinese Taoism and Indian yoga traditions, millenians before […]

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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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