September 2017 - Volume 27 - Issue 5

  • Christopher Hughes, MBBS, MSc
  • 1050-642X
  • 1536-3724
  • 6 issues / year
  • Orthopedics 24/76
    Sport Sciences 23/81
    Physiology 44/84
  • 2.189
Here we are in September, and we've reached our fifth issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine of 2017.  

Our issue this month contains a wealth of Original Research articles with a wide range of themes. 
Gleason and colleagues present their findings from a feasibility study of early screening for cardiovascular abnormalities using pre-participation echocardiography. In this prospective study, 35 Division 1 male collegiate athletes were screened for structural cardiac abnormalities using history and physical examination, ECG, and a limited, portable echocardiogram. Limited, portable echocardiography was found to be faster, more accurate, and more cost effective than traditional screening using history and physical examination and ECG alone.
Extra-corporeal shock wave therapy is a modality which appears to continue to gain momentum amongst practising clinicians. Furia and colleagues present their case-control study of 48 patients with chronic distal biceps brachii tendinopathy, comparing the results of subjects undergoing a single session of radial extra-corporeal shock wave therapy versus a control group of subjects who pursued traditional non-operative methods. They found that those in the shock wave therapy group reported significantly greater reductions in both Roles and Maudsley scores and Visual Analogue Scale pain scores compared with subjects in the control group, concluding that radial extra corporeal shock wave therapy is safe and effective and should be considered before surgical intervention for this condition. 
Gouttebage and colleagues present their findings from a prospective cohort study of 384 professional footballers in which they investigated the incidence and comorbidity of symptoms of common mental disorders over a 12 month period. In this cohort of footballers, they found that the 12-month incidence of symptoms of common mental disorders was between 12% for symptoms of distress, up to 37% for symptoms on anxiety and / or depression. These findings are surely significant for those of us workign in Professional Football, and a reminder that these symptoms are common amongst these athletes. 
As usual, don't forget to keep up to date with our latest information and research published online-first​, and with our CJSM Blog and Twitter feed at @CJSMonline


Best wishes,


Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc



Early Screening for Cardiovascular Abnormalities With Preparticipation Echocardiography: Feasibility Study

Gleason, Courtney N.; Kerkhof, Deanna L.; Cilia, Elizabeth A.; More

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 27(5):423-429, September 2017.

Early screening for cardiovascular abnormalities with preparticipation echocardiography : feasibility study

Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Is Effective and Safe in Chronic Distal Biceps Tendinopathy

Furia, John P.; Rompe, Jan-Dirk; Maffulli, Nicola; More

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 27(5):430-437, September 2017.

Radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy is effective and safe in chronic distal biceps tendinopathy