The March/April 2017 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports is hot off the press and that means spring is just around the corner. Winter came late and left early in Minnesota and the upper Midwest, so it seems like spring has already made its debut. The early spring forced the cancellation of the American Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Race, but our Minnesota high school Nordic teams were lucky to complete their season before the rains came. March always signals the start of winter sports tournaments at the youth, high school, and college levels. I was the tournament physician for the finals of the Minnesota High School girls' class 2A state ice hockey tournament last weekend. I am struck by how far the sport has advanced since Minnesota became the first state to sanction girls' hockey as a varsity sport. The first state tournament was 22 years ago and the sport has blossomed in that time. Some of the early tournaments lacked the team depth and skill that is so evident in the teams competing at the state level now. The game I attended was well played and free of injury, which made my job very easy. It is great to see the long-term goals of Title IX and the efforts of those who put so much energy into advancing girl's hockey coming through for the current generation of young women athletes. Ice hockey is not the only sport that has benefited as fans of all sports will see throughout the winter tournament season.
In the new news department, CSMR has been selected as the official journal of International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), which is great for the journal as it will be able to reach a larger and international audience. Additionally, the journal will be a tremendous benefit to FIMS members providing valuable content to them and their patients. We hope this we be the start of a long and productive collaboration. We also welcome the three new CSMR editorial board members to represent FIMS: Norbert Bachl, MD (Austria); Fabio Pigozzi, MD (Italy); and Yannis Pitsiladis, PhD, FACSM (UK). Beginning with the next issue, CSMR will publish an International Perspectives column in each issue authored by FIMS members.
This issue of CSMR is packed full of useful information and interesting reads covering a variety of topics in the Chest and Abdominal Conditions and the Environmental Conditions Sections.
The journal's new Chest and Abdominal Conditions Section Editor Tracy R. Ray, MD, FACSM, has assembled an interesting set of articles which examine the use of echocardiograms in preparticipation exams and the diagnostic evaluation of non-traumatic chest pain in athletes. And, you won't want to miss the two interesting case reports in this section about pneumomediastinum in a college aged soccer player and a partial pectoralis tear treated with orthobiologics.
Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM, serves as the section editor for the Environmental Conditions section and has recruited some interesting and educational articles from this topical area, which include the management of suspected fluid balance issues in participants of wilderness endurance events, the effects of adding cold IV saline to pre-hospital protocol for exertional heat injury, and zany over the Zika virus addressing the diagnosis and management. Zika virus was a hot topic this past year with the Olympics in Brazil and cases showing up in the southern US. Zika will likely be in the press again as we move out of the winter months and into mosquito season. This section also contains a fascinating case report about an international hiker with acetazolamide induced glaucoma. This is particularly important for physicians who prescribe the medication for patients traveling to altitude and for providers caring for "altitude visitors."
The Invited Commentaries in this issue look at concussion research and how we got where we are with concussion management; and the second commentary addresses the differences in normobaric and hypobaric hypoxia and the feasibility of interchanging the conditions in the study of altitude? Pearls and Pitfalls examines the importance of exercise dosing, Scanning Sports Medicine reviews the latest research published by ACSM, and CAQ Review tackles sports-related eye injuries. Long-time ACSM fellow member and CSMR reviewer William W. Briner, Jr., MD, FACSM, is featured in this issue's ACSM Clinician Profile.