Note from Editor-in-Chief William O. Roberts
The sun is setting and it is not yet dinner time. A reminder that the shortest daylight hours are approaching for those of us north of the equator. This is the sport transition time for Minnesota high school athletes as fall state tournaments are winding down and practices for the winter sports season start next week. The high school athletes are required to have at least a week off between seasons; a strategy to try to force rest for some of the three season athletes who would otherwise march on without interruption. Included in the issue is the initial work product of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)/ Fédération Internationale de Médecine du Sport (FIMS) Work Group, “Advancing the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE): An ACSM and FIMS Joint Consensus Statement.” I had the honor of co-chairing this group along with Herbert Löllgen, MD, FACC, FAHA, FFIMS, a cardiologist and longtime member of FIMS. We hope that this collaboration will lead to improvements in the PPE process and I am looking forward to the next meeting of the group. We think the use of an electronic version of the PPE will allow research to advance the PPE beyond its current format.
The November/December issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR) is packed full of useful information and interesting reads covering Competitive Sports and Special Populations topics. Competitive Sports Section Editor Christopher C. Madden, MD, FACSM, has assembled a set of articles that will prove useful on a variety of topics. Check out this section to learn more about the effects of excessive endurance activity on the heart, when an athlete should retire after concussion, and diagnostic considerations of lateral column foot pain in athletes. You also won’t want to miss the case report about infraspinatus atrophy in a volleyball player in this section. This will be Chris Madden’s last issue as section editor, and I will miss his contributions and counsel. He has served in this position since 2010.
When exploring the Special Populations segment recruited by Section Editor Suzanne S. Hecht, MD, FACSM, you will learn more about special considerations in women’s ice hockey injuries, hip pain in dancers, and young age as a modifying factor in sports concussion management. Concussion remains at the front of sports medicine and popular press headlines; the management distinctions between children and adults will be critical in the outcomes for our athletes.
The Pearls & Pitfalls column looks at fatal caffeine overdose and other risks from dietary supplements. Scanning Sports Medicine covers the latest clinical research published by ACSM, and Web Alerts reviews several interesting Web sites.
I hope the topics covered in this issue will help you help your athletes and active patients return to competition and also reduce their risk of recurring pain and injury.
Lastly, please note that beginning with the January 2015 issue, CSMR is transitioning to an e-only publication. The journal will continue to publish its valuable, not-to-be-missed content on a bimonthly basis and will still be easily accessible on the journal’s Web site www.acsm-csmr.org, through its iPad® app http://goo.gl/bf3IhP, and in mobile view. Be the first to know when a new issue of CSMR publishes; sign up to receive an eTOC message by clicking on “Subscribe to eTOC” and entering your email address from the journal’s homepage.
From all of us at Current Sports Medicine Reports, have a safe and active holiday season.
William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM