Returning to activity and sport postpartum; what do we currently know and what is missing?

Authors: Schulz JM, Thornton JS In this blog we will explore the current research and gaps around return to activity and return to sport postpartum. The objective of our study (currently published in BJSM) was to determine what recommendations are currently being made for return to activity and sport postpartum and highlight the gaps that […]

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Ready, steady…GO! Ensuring postnatal women are run-ready!

Written by Gráinne Donnelly with input from Emma Brockwell and Tom Goom More people than ever run today, and it’s likely because of the increasing number of girls and women that now run too (Lynch and Hoch 2010). For many women, whether training for leisure or competition, running has the benefits of efficient physical fitness, […]

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Updated guidelines for sports and exercise cardiology – The Brazil Society of Cardiology and Brazilian Society of Exercise and Sports Medicine

  In 2013 The Brazilian Society of Cardiology and Brazilian Society of Exercise and Sports Medicine published The Brazilian Guidelines for Sports and Exercise Cardiology.1 This year, these same societies updated the guidelines in keeping with the latest evidence in the field. You can view the update here: The Updated Guidelines for Sports and Exercise […]

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Wellbeing in sport for Northern Ireland: National Action Plan 2018-2023

By Dr Gavin Breslin @breslin_g and Dr Paul Donnelly Positive engagement with sport is associated with an array of physical, emotional and psychosocial health benefits (Breslin et al, 2017). Emerging evidence suggests that competitive sport, by nature, can also contribute to poor mental health, in particular when athletes experience insufficient support (Bauman 2016). There is a growing […]

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Counselling athletes with cardiac arrhythmias and conduction abnormalities based on the AHA/ACC recommendations.

Implementing black and white guidelines on a grey clinical field. By Wouter van Everdingen, MD, Prabath Lodewijks, MD, and Tijmen van Assen, MD PhD Recently the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) created a combined taskforce to define eligibility and disqualification recommendations for competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities.1 Recommendations were given for several cardiovascular […]

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Concussion Position Statement: Why it’s not a KO.

The American Association of Neurology has published a concussion position statement but the question is ‘Where is the reference to the international consensus’? No-one would question that neurologists know about concussion but many of them would be the first to admit they are not experts in sport. How should an athlete train when returning to […]

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