Does a combined approach of competition regulation and mandatory education increase career longevity of elite adolescent athletes on the WTA tour?

This blog summarizes the recently published BJSM article about the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) policy, implemented in 1995, that intentionally combined an Age Eligibility Rule (AER) and mandatory Player Development Programs (PDP) focused on organizational, physical and psychosocial education, skill building, and support for adolescent athletes (≤17 years). This study was led by a Player […]

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What is the association between Olympic Games and children’s growth? Looking at evidence from China

What is the association between Olympic Games and children’s growth? Looking at evidence from China In this blog we will share the study (recently published in BJSM) about the association between the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (BOG) and growth of children in China. It found that the BOG was positively associated with healthier growth of […]

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Will you make a New Year’s resolution to help supercharge the impact, use and uptake of your research?

Mind the ‘knowledge translation’ gap It’s no secret that despite the blood, sweat and tears of researchers, it still takes a long time for the research itself to filter down into the contexts and settings that it is intended for. As has been referenced in BJSM before, it takes 17 years for just 14% of […]

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The answer to promoting physical activity is lying at our feet: dog-facilitated physical activity interventions

Part of the BJSM’s #KnowledgeTranslation blog series   Approximately 30% of the households in high income countries own dogs, yet it is estimated that up to half of these dog owners do not walk with their dogs regularly. Promoting more dog walking seems like a logical way to enhance both human and canine health. The […]

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Part 2 in the #MedicalReversals series: long-term effects of cortisone injection for knee OA

Part 2 of a 4 part blog series by Dr John Orchard The example of corticosteroids for knee OA The focus of this episode on the use of cortisone injections (IAC = intra-articular cortisone) for knee osteoarthritis (OA), which I wrote about in an Education review in BMJ earlier this year1. Cortisone injections are commonly […]

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How can we better promote physical activity to the public through messaging?

Messages to movement The role of messaging in improving population physical activity levels As researchers, healthcare professionals and policymakers in the field of public health, we know that physical activity is important for health. We know that it is important for the general public to move more and sit less. We spend time and resources […]

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Medial Gastrocnemious Tears In Sports: Is It About Muscle, Aponeurosis Or Tendon?

Even More, Does It Really Matter? Calf muscle injuries are common in sports involving high-speed running and specially in acceleration and deceleration actions. It has been reported that calf muscle injuries contribute about 13% of muscle injuries in football, though it may be that this percentage is even higher nowadays (1, 2). It is easy […]

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Medical Reversals related to Sport and Exercise Medicine – Part 1 of 4

Medical Reversals and the “Slow” Brain One of the best ‘medical’ books of recent years is Ending Medical Reversal by Prasad and Cifu1; it is close to essential reading for all doctors, medical students and even health professionals. It is referenced in an important editorial just published in the BJSM 2. In addition, Ending Medical […]

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Rugby Union, and Health and Wellbeing. What can we take away from the scoping review?

Part of the BJSM’s #KnowledgeTranslation blog series Two days ago, we published the first ‘big picture’ scientific overview detailing the relationships between rugby union, and health and wellbeing. Some of the main findings from the scoping review are summarised in the animation, and in the thread below. However, you might want some more detail around […]

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β2-agonists may boost strength and sprint performance, whilst endurance seems unaffected

Part of the BJSM’s #KnowledgeTranslation blog series In the following blog we summarise the main finding of our two recent papers examining the effect of β2-agonists on physical performance1,2. We found that β2-agonists may improve anaerobic but not aerobic performance in healthy athletes. Asthma is common in top athletes3 and β2-agonists are often prophylaxis for […]

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