Current Sports Medicine Reports

Editor-in-Chief: William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM
ISSN: 1537-8918
Frequency: 6 issues / year
Ranking: Sports Science 36/81
Impact Factor: 1.600
Note from Editor-in-Chief William O. Roberts

The ACSM Annual Meeting is just around the corner and hopefully many of you will be attending. I just returned from Peru where my wife and I hiked the Inca Trail and toured the Inca Ruins in Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. Although the views were spectacular, it was the hardest hike I have done in recent years, with on pass more than 14,000 feet and sleeping at more than 12,000 feet for 2 nights.  I chose to bring The Martian to read on the trail and my bookmark, by coincidence, was from Benjamin Levine’s Dill Lecture on altitude medicine and physiology. I applied much of his content to my journey up the trail and realized how challenging it must be for athletes, climbers, and trekkers at very high attitudes. We also learned a lot about hiking on stairs rather than the trails we are used to in the western US. There is an article on delayed onset muscle soreness in this issue. I am still feeling the effects of climbing up and down stairs of variable heights built in the 1400s that took me more than a 4000+ meter pass and back down to 2400 meters at the base of Machu Picchu. Hiking at higher altitude near the equator forced me to remember and use much of the environmental science I have learned at ACSM Annual Meetings over the past 30 plus years.

The May/June 2016 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports covers sideline and event management and training, prevention, and rehabilitation topics, in addition to our regular columns and commentaries.  For starters check out the two invited commentaries, the first by Thomas Best, MD, PhD, FACSM, entitled, “Exercise –The Medicine We Should All Prescribe.” The second, “Death of Severe Injury at the Ball Game,” is written by Mark R. Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE; Nicholas G. Janigian; and Bradley A. Maron, MD. Additionally, this issue contains the important Special Communication, “Call to Action on Making Physical Activity Assessment and Prescription a Medical Standard of Care” written by the Who’s Who of Exercise is Medicine®.

The 2016 Sideline and Event Management section, recruited by Section Editor Aaron L. Rubin, MD, FACSM, features medical learnings from hosting the Special Olympics World Games; sideline management of joint dislocations—including step-by-step photos; medical coverage of ultramarathons; and youth concussion laws across the nation and the implications for the traveling team physician. I must include a huge thank you to Aaron Rubin as this is his last issue as a Section Editor. He has been the section editor for the Sideline and Event Management section since the journal’s inception in 2002 and has provided marvelous content in every issue. Aaron also was the medical director for the Special Olympics World Games and brings the insights from his experience to this issue of CSMR. We are indebted to Aaron’s contributions and his ongoing loyalty to the journal.

When exploring the Training, Prevention, and Rehabilitation segment recruited by Section Editor Jonathan T. Finnoff, DO, FACSM, you will learn the latest about rehabilitation strategies for the athlete with early knee osteoarthritis; diagnosis, treatment, and return to play of hamstring injuries; non-operative management of chronic exertional compartment syndrome; and the prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of cycling-related injuries. You won’t want to miss the two case reports in this section either. The first is an illustrative case with sonographic findings about delayed onset muscle soreness and the second case looks at rare and adverse events associated with corticosteroid injections.   

The Clinician Profile features Peter H. Seidenberg, MD, FACSM, who is a family practitioner at Penn State Hershey Orthopaedics and has been an ACSM member since 2002. Pearls and Pitfalls looks at preventing exertional sickling deaths and probing team rhabdomyolysis outbreaks, and Scanning Sports Medicine covers the latest clinical research published by the American College of Sports Medicine, while Web Alerts reviews several interesting Web sites that may help your practice. CAQ Review covers exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and Clinical Pearls discusses the importance of a simple seat height adjustment in bike fittings to reduce injury risk. 

I hope you find this issue helpful for your practice. Have a great spring, we will be back with our summer issue all too soon.

William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM

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