What the BJSM editors look for in a paper – clinical relevance

BJSM is transparent about its peer-review process. We receive 1000 papers a year and can only publish about 10% of them. So 60% of papers are returned to authors after the editorial team has reviewed them. Who’s the editorial team? It’s Karim Khan, Babette Pluim and Jill Cook. So these are called ‘rejected without external […]

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No Oscar for BJSM videos but 1.3 million page views isn’t bad!

Just  a short blog post today to alert you to lots of great free material on the home page. We didn’t get an Oscar for the ‘Mark Hutchinson’ physical exam videos but nomination can’t be far off. Learn to examine the knee, shoulder, hip/groin in this practical series. It’s free! And in the blizzard of […]

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Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre website — Great online resource

The Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre, located at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences has a diverse team of experts from the fields of exercise medicine, ortheopedics, epidemiology, biostatistics, and physiotherapy. Its led by professors Lars Engebretsen and Roald Bahr who are both renowned for their experience with national team and Olympic sports medicine. Cutting-edge researchers and advocates for […]

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Patellofemoral pain syndrome? Consider orthoses or more comfortable shoes!

In the current issue of BJSM, Barton, Menz, and Crossley’s report on The immediate effects of foot orthoses on functional performance in individuals with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Their paper supports the beneficial effects of prefabricated orthoses. Orthoses “provide immediate improvements in functional performance, and these improvements are associated with a more pronated foot type and […]

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Guest Blog – Wayne Hall weighs in on Genomic Screening

Professor Wayne Hall commented on the ‘modest’ impacts of population genomic screening in October last year in the prestigious PLoS journal (open access, yeah!!) After reading last Friday’s BJSM blog relating to Prof Tim Caulfield’s ‘Deflating the Genomics Bubble’ paper in Science,’ Prof  Hall provided this first-hand background story to his PLoS paper: The aim […]

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Preventing sports injuries – here are success strategies! Guest blog Professor Caroline Finch –

In a universal quest to ensure that sports injury prevention efforts actually do work because athletes and other participants actually do what we recommend they do, there have been increasing calls for more attention towards understanding the drivers of sports injury prevention from a behavioural perspective.  It is concerning, therefore, that the sports injury research […]

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Debating weight change and performance in marathon runners: Armstrong, Johnson, and Munoz guest blog (e-letter)

We write to present alternative interpretations of the data published by Zouhal and colleagues, in the BJSM article: Inverse relationship between percentage body weight change and finishing time in 643 forty-two-kilometre marathon runners The Abstract states that “… these  data are not compatible with laboratory-derived data suggesting that BW [body weight] loss greater than 2% during […]

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Deflating the Genomic Bubble (in Science!)** Big news

This paper in today’s issue of Science is going to get a lot of attention because it has multibillion (yes, billion, of not trillion) dollar implications.  The thoughtful, balanced perspective should influence health policy from the WHO through to the NIH and lead public health agencies the world over. The international authors are not alone in making […]

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