Note from Editor-in-Chief William O. Roberts
As I write for this issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR), the nation seems at the brink.My home city has been the site of two high profile shootings in the past year. What seems like good relationships on the field of play and in the locker room do not translate to daily life for many of our athletes. I hope that we can come together in all walks of life to build a stronger society and country on and off the playing field.
This is the end of summer issue. Football and fall sports start up for many of you in days to weeks, schools go back into session, and the days are getting shorter. The summer Olympic Games also will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through August 21. I am sure many of you are looking forward to watching the competitions and some of you have athletes in the mix. Our wishes for success to all the athletes involved. Zika virus and the Rio Olympic Games will be forever linked in the annals of infectious disease and epidemiology. Shadgan and colleagues have contributed a special communication and a quick review to update you on the problem for your athletes and spectators attending the games with the latest recommendations for care. Our Clinician Profile features Robert E. Sallis, MD, FACSM, the founding editor-in-chief of CSMR, past ACSM president, and ACSM member since 1993. Bob is the face of ACSM's Exercise is Medicine® initiative and serves as the section editor for this topical area of the journal.
This issue covers Nutrition & Ergogenic Aids and Exercise is Medicine® topics with a little something for every reader. For starters check out the important invited commentary entitled, "Minds Matter: Concussion Care for Children," by Christina L. Master, MD, CAQSM and Matthew F. Grady, MD, CAQSM.
The Nutrition & Ergogenic Aids section under the direction of Section Editor Thomas H. Trojian, MD, FACSM, features informative articles about recent developments in the use of sodium bicarbonate as an ergogenic aid; the effect of high-intensity intermittent exercise on young people's cardio-metabolic health and cognition; nutrition and supplements for elite open-weight rowing; and commercial hype versus reality of gluten and athletic performance. Exercise Science of the Brain is the featured basic science topic for the 2017 ACSM Annual Meeting in Denver where there will be more on exercise and brain health.
Dr. Sallis has coordinated a wide ranging segment of Exercise is Medicine® where you will learn more about how to sell exercise so patients want to buy it, the impact of fitness on surgical outcomes; promoting physical activity among underserved populations; and intradialytic exercise is medicine. To save you from having to google "intradialytic" like me,it is simply "during dialysis," and not a term from Star Wars. The 2017 World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® in conjunction with ACSM's Annual Meeting will expand on many of these topics.
Pearls & Pitfalls looks at venous thromboembolism (VTE) in athletes and offers valuable lessons from the Chris Bosh story. VTE is under appreciated in athletes who can be at higher risk than we often anticipate. Scanning Sports Medicine covers the latest clinical research published by ACSM, and Web Alerts reviews several interesting Web sites. CAQ Review covers exercise during pregnancy and Clinical Pearls discusses spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee.
I hope you find this issue of CSMR helpful for your daily practice, and you have a great summer.
William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM