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New York Times and Huffington Post broadcast BJSM’s focus area of ‘urban planning’/ ‘built environment’/ parks for physical activity and health

  BJSM’s mandate is to promote better health through (i) injury prevention, (ii) excellence in treatment of injuries and medical problems, as well as (iii) encouraging exercise prescription as appropriate at both the primary prevention and secondary/tertiary prevention level. This blog focuses on this Easter weekend’s attention to the role of green space for mental […]

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Personalised dose, prescription and administration of exercise using the MedExercise device: a pilot study

By Drs. Vadim N. Dedov and Irina V. Dedova ABSTRACT Background/Aim – Beneficial health effects of regular physical activity and exercise are well established. However, a variety of exercise types and modes complicates quantification of physical activity. Introduction of a single parameter for the objective measurement of exercise amounts might facilitate exercise prescription in primary care […]

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Physical activity effectively promoted to Arabic speaking countries through translation and social media dissemination of viral video ‘23½ hours’

By Ann Gates (@exerciseworks), Dr Mike Evans (@docmikeevans) and Dr SalihAlAnsari (@SaudiHPC) The World Health Organisation describes physical activity promotion to mass populations as one of its top 5 ‘Best Buys’. We collaborated to develop an Arabic version of the viral social media success 23 ½ hours to promote the importance of regular exercise to […]

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Exercise Medicine: Inspiring the next generation, an interview with Dr. Mike Loosemore (Part 1 of 2)

By Liam West (@Liam_West) & Dr. Mike Loosemore Undergraduate perspective on Sports & Exercise Medicine (a BJSM blog series) The field of Sport & Exercise Medicine has two distinct areas. Namely, Exercise Medicine and Sports Medicine. To gain insights and get tips for students looking to follow in their footsteps, I interviewed two influential figures pushing the […]

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‘Run the World’ to change health behaviours – are you ready to practise what you preach?

By Liam West (@Liam_West) We all know regular physical activity is good for our health. So good in fact that it is often regarded as the equivalent of medicine’s ‘wonder drug.’  Exercise prescription is steadily increasing in practice and there might even be medico-legal implications if we don’t encourage patients to get physically active to […]

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Depression, exercise and the impact of research

Guest blog by Dr Joseph Lightfoot and Mr Charlie Fry The recent BMJ publication Facilitated physical activity as a treatment for depressed adults: randomised controlled trial stirred the medical world and the media with the claim that exercise has no impact on depression. This supposedly myth-busting paper was shared, tweeted, commented upon and even appeared in a […]

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Physical inactivity in Nigeria: A short analysis (part 2 of 2)

Guest blog by Damilola Alawode (@DAlawode)  Read part 1 here In Nigeria, government policies (e.g., policies that might influence health) can arise at three levels. There is the Federal Government, state governments, and local governments. Local governments tend to follow the policy laid down by state governments. Though there is a national health promotion draft policy, […]

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We need to promote protective equipment differently

Cross Fertilising ‘Injury Prevention’ journal (IP) and BJSM                                Protective sports equipment can prevent serious injury (McIntosh et al, BJSM, 2011). Why then doesn’t everyone use it? Behaviour change theory tells us that, first, attitudes need to be right. But if people do […]

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The challenges of health communication in a modern world of entertainment

Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective (A twice-monthly series on the BJSM blog) By Dr Wilby Williamson Preaching about physical activity and demanding compliance with 150 minutes of activity per week, as I do with my friends and family, often falls on deaf ears.  Changing tack to discuss differences between London’s bus drivers and […]

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Call to action for World Physical Activity Day 6th April 2012: Help patients get active!

Guest blog by Ann Gates (@exerciseworks)     Call to action for ALL heath professionals: Exercise direction to patients is emerging as an essential clinical skill in the prevention and treatment of both acute and chronic lifestyle diseases. Dr Bob Sallis MD has long advocated that regular exercise is a medical ‘vital sign’ in assessing […]

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