No more poker face, it is time to finally lay our cards on the table

By Andy Rolls1, with contribution from Alan McCall1  1 Arsenal Football Club, Research & Development Department, London, UK LEARNING TO SHARE, SHARING TO LEARN ‘Learning to share, sharing to learn’ is a title I have borrowed from an article published in the teaching literature.[1] It is based on the premise that unless individuals disseminate or […]

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Football injuries and their prevention with Swedish football injury warriors Martin & Markus

By Nirmala Perera (@Nim_Perera) with contributions from Martin Hägglund (@MHgglund) and Markus Waldén (@MarkusWalden) What are the most common/’costly’ football injuries? Hamstring Injuries Hamstring injuries are the most common injuries in football. The findings are consistent across studies. In fact, hamstring injury rates seem to be increasing in elite football.1 The long head of biceps femoris is most […]

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Evidence based medicine in elite sports – why go for the “1%ers”?

By Chris Morgan @chrismorgan10 I am a big advocate of Twitter and its role in promoting clinical discussion and professional disagreement! I recently had a discussion on Twitter regarding the use of evidence based medicine in the treatment of elite athletes. This was just after Usain Bolt posted a picture of himself receiving treatment for his […]

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Team doctors have authority over managers to make medical decisions #PlayerSafety1st

We’ve all caught wind of the recent media flurry after last Tuesday’s unreserved apology (and settlement) by Chelsea FC to former sports physician, Dr. Eva Carneiro (@EvaCarneiro). The team’s management were explicit that Dr Carneiro had acted completely appropriate when she ran on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in last August’s opening day […]

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Geeking Out at the Football Medicine Strategies Conference (BJSM’s 2015 Cover competition winner shares the story of her prize, and 5 take home messages)

By Christina Le @yegphysio I won registration to the Football Medicine Strategies Conference in London through a BJSM Twitter contest and lived to write about it. My blog highlights some of my favourite take home messages from the conference. Read about great clinical tips from Jill Cook, Tim Gabbett, Carl Askling, and more! Originally posted on […]

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Time to bring in pitch-side medical video replays in football – more important than goal line videos?

By Andrew Massey @andy_massey I listened with interest at the 2016 Isokinetic Conference where attendees discussed the importance of a medical team within the football community, and return to play. The event lived up to its reputation of creating a space for cutting edge science and practice innovation. Discussions of ‘best practices’ made me think about a […]

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Getting the best out of athletes: Load, Injuries and Determination

By Rory Heath (@roryjheath) and Xanni von Guionneau The Arsenal SEMS Conference “Marginal Gains in Sports Medicine” provided deep insight into attaining and maintaining the highest level of sporting performance in professional athletes. As the elite athletic population becomes more homogenous, the value of “marginal gains” in achieving podium finishes and championship titles is more important […]

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Interested in Sports and Exercise Medicine? Three ‘must dos’ I learnt at the Football Medicine Strategies Conference

Undergraduate perspective on Sport & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog By Rory Heath (@roryjheath) In a rare moment of free time at the recent Isokinetic “Football Medicine Strategies” Conference, an audience of thirty prospective SEM clinicians gathered to attend an exclusive lunch break Q&A with Dr Peter Brukner and Professor Karim Khan. “How do we get the […]

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Hamstring highlights from Arsenal FC SEMS March 2016 Conference

By Dr. Ronan Kearney (@KearneyRonan) The Arsenal FC Sport and Exercise Medicine conference (FC SEMS) brought together world experts to advance the knowledge base in muscle injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and return to play in football. The topic of hamstring injury (HSI) featured strongly. Here are 6 ‘take home messages’ for sports and exercise medicine professionals. […]

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