Note from Editor-in-Chief William O. Roberts
The holiday season is upon us! There is a heavy layer of frost on the ground and a thin layer of ice on the ponds this morning. A reminder that winter sports, holiday road races, and family celebrations will soon follow, and a time to reflect on family, friends, and the passing of another year. We send our warmest season’s greetings to all of you from all of us who bring you this journal.
The November/December issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports 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 complex regional pain considerations, recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis, helmets in sport, and using graded exercise testing in concussion and return-to-play management. All topics that we need to understand to manage today’s athletes.
When exploring the Special Populations segment recruited by Section Editor Suzanne S. Hecht, MD, FACSM, you will learn more about injuries in professional football, medical issues in synchronized skaters, the role of sports medicine in performing arts, and anterior knee pain in active and athletic adolescents. Anterior knee pain is among the top presenting problems to my sports practice and likely is to most of us who do general sports medicine. Performing artist are often the forgotten athletes and understanding their problems and concerns will help you address this unique population.
The Pearls & Pitfalls column looks at various views about how to prevent exertional sickling deaths. Our Clinician Profile features Christopher C. Madden, MD, FACSM, who has been a member since 1998. And, you will not want to miss the Invited Commentary about behavior modification in ice hockey, a topic that may be critical to keeping players in the game.
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.
From all of us at Current Sports Medicine Reports, have a safe and active holiday season.
William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM