Note from Editor-in-Chief William O. Roberts
I spent the summer solstice traveling to the European College of Sports Sciences (ECSS) in Malmo, Sweden as the ACSM-ECSS Exchange speaker. It was a great experience and a well done conference that many of you would enjoy. I would recommend it if you have the chance to attend in the future. The conference had an Exercise is Medicine® focus and fit in well with the topics in this issue. With the summer solstice passed and the Women’s World Cup in the history books (congratulations to the U.S. National Team for a solid tournament and a spectacular final game), the start of school sports cannot be far behind and with it comes another round of preparticipation physical evaluations (PPE). The PPE, 4th edition is still available to help you through the process. If you run into positive responses to the cardiac questions, the PPE Special Communication (Part II) is published in this issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR) (Part I was featured in the May/June 2015 issue). The combined work is a tutorial for each of the heart related questions on the PPE form, written by primary care and cardiology physicians with a special interest in the needs of athletes and the cardiac demands of sport. I hope you will find it useful and pass it along to your friends and colleagues. We made this one free to help as many as possible.
This issue of CSMR covers Nutrition & Ergogenic Aids and Exercise is Medicine® topics with a little something for every reader. The Nutrition & Ergogenic Aids section under the direction of Section Editor Thomas H. Trojian, MD, FACSM, features informative articles on magnesium and the athlete, capitalizing on the placebo component of treatments, hydration in the pediatric athlete, and optimal carbohydrate and protein replacement for endurance exercise recovery. Nutrition is a hot topic in the medical and lay press. We will work hard to keep you up to date with the latest recommendations.
Section Editor Robert E. Sallis, MD, FACSM, has coordinated a wide ranging segment of Exercise is Medicine® where you will learn more about the role of the fitness professional in the clinical setting, an evolutionary perspective of exercise is medicine, the cognitive benefits of exercise in youth, and what influences health and mortality risk the most: fitness or fatness.
Pearls & Pitfalls looks at the diagnosis and prevention of three uncommon or underrated threats to football players and others. Scanning Sports Medicine covers the latest clinical research published by ACSM, and Web Alerts reviews several interesting Web sites. CAQ Review covers femoroacetabular impingement and Clinical Pearls gives advice on helping the obese patient start a running program. Our Clinician Profile features Aaron L. Baggish, MD, FACSM, a member of the journal’s editorial board and an active member of ACSM since 2007.
I hope you find this issue of CSMR helpful for your daily practice, and you have a great summer (because “winter is coming”).
Cheers,BillWilliam O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM