Artistry on Ice: the physical and athletic demands of figure skating and the vital role physiotherapists play

  The World Grand Prix of Figure Skating was held in Vancouver just last month. It’s the highest competitive level for Figure Skating outside of the Olympics and World Championships. BJSM editorial team (@Blazey85) caught up with physiotherapists working in this high performance sporting environment. Figure skating features artistic poise and precision in a competitive […]

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“No, my first name ain’t ‘Biostatistician’. It’s ‘Epidemiologist’ (Dr. Kerr, if you’re nasty)”

This was first published as a BJSM special feature on 6 November 2018.    By Zachary Y Kerr, Sports Injury Epidemiologist, University of North Carolina, Department of Exercise and Sport Science It is with great pleasure that I read the commentary by Casals and Finch on the role of the Sports Biostatistician in injury prevention (1). Thank you […]

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Stop. Breathe in, breathe out… Mindfulness hitting the New Zealand rugby scene

By Anna Van Dissen Stop. Breathe in, breathe out… This simple technique seems to have taken the country by storm this season. Much like Gatorade and Weetbix, if the All Blacks are endorsing it, it’s gotta be good, right? Good enough for the New Zealand Warriors to start doing it anyway, and I’ve seen Club […]

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Running to the heart and (carbon fibre) sole of the matter

By Natalie Gallant @GallantPhysio The world watched in awe as Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record in the 2018 Berlin Marathon, crossing the line with a time of 2:01:39. That’s 78 seconds faster than the previous 42.2 km world record. In my opinion Kipchoge’s phenomenal display of athleticism can be attributed in part […]

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Blood flow restriction: miracle return to play adjunct or therapy fad?

By Paul Blazey @blazey85 Blood flow restriction training (BFR) is attracting more and more attention as sports teams look at different ways to minimize return to play times for their athletes. In 2016, Paul Head (T: @PHphysio) introduced me to the benefits of blood flow restriction training for clinical populations (https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2016/10/18/can-blood-flow-restriction-training-improve-outcomes-clinical-populations/). I’m pleased that recent […]

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Special e-edition of BJSM: Pain management

Welcome to this extra e-journal edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. BJSM readers, listeners and other social media followers have a keen interest in pain. It’s a big problem! So, here is an online only version of BJSM and external content just for you! This is all content that has been published before – […]

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Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me?

By Orla Muldoon @orlamuldoon Remember that rhyme.  The mantra of many childhoods, wheeled out to protect youthful fragility. But do names really ‘never hurt’? Is there really no physical cost to name calling, jeering and verbal abuse? At the start of September, I started to think about the cost of street harassment (jeering, heckling and the […]

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#GolfingConsensus: another option to improve mental health and increase physical activity?

By Paul Blazey @blazey85 To coincide with the start of today’s Ryder Cup, this week BJSM published the 2018 consensus statement on golf and health (1). In the paper, golf is portrayed as a means to address current public health concerns over a lack of physical activity, and as a sport with health benefits as […]

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Methods for acquiring kinematic data in alpine skiing (Part 1)

By Wlodzimierz S. Erdmann, Piotr Aschenbrenner, Vasilis Giovanis The motion involved in alpine skiing is one of the most difficult to analyze because the trajectory is curvilinear and the athlete moves in a wide, open space. In alpine ski disciplines, the skier is moving relative to the start and finish planes, relative to snow/ground level […]

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