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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Letter to the Editor: Does exercise training during pregnancy affect gestational age?

By Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, MD, MSc et al. Barakat et al. 1 have presented us with a paper of excellent methodological quality, following all the steps recommended in the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) and dealing with a question that never fails to generate controversy with respect to the practice of physical […]

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