Happy New Year to you all, and welcome to this, the first Issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine for 2015.
First up is our Editorial from Goodlin and colleagues on the Dawning Age of Genetic Testing for Sports Injuries. This exciting topic offers much potential for the future, including the real possibility of genetic testing for intrinsic factors for sports injury. With the continual advances in genetic research, the concept of genetic profiling as part of the pre-participation evaluation and pre-signing medicals may be not-so-far away. Goodlin and colleagues discuss some of the possibilities for the present and for the future, and emphasize the need for the development of best practices in this area with respect to ethical, legal and psychosocial implications.
We bring you two Position Statements from one of our Affiliate Societies, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), on the subject of musculoskeletal ultrasound. The use of ultrasound within the World of Sports Medicine continues to generate much debate on such issues as who should perform ultrasound scanning (Sports Physician versus Radiologist), training and maintenance of competence, insurance and cost-effectiveness, and appropriateness of the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic intervention and to assist with image-guided procedures in different clinical settings.
The first AMSSM Position Statement on Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Sports Medicine critically appraises the literature in this area and offers several recommendations for practice. The second Position Statement, the AMSSM Recommended Sports Ultrasound Curriculum for Sports Medicine Fellowships, offers an update from the previously published 2010 Statement focusing on the educational process during training. We are also pleased to offer a complementary Podcast with the Lead Author of both Position Statements, Dr Jonathan Finnoff.
Our Founder Society, the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, holds its 2015 Conference next month in Ottawa and we bring you the abstracts from the forthcoming podium presentations in advance of the Conference. As usual, there is a wealth of diverse content of interest to Sports Physicians here, and it is well worth taking a look at these.
In our Original Research section this month, Stracciolini and colleagues present data on overuse injuries in child and adolescent athletes from a large cohort. We also offer two studies on the subject of concussion in sport, including an evaluation of a simple test of reaction time for baseline concussion testing in a population of high school athletes, whose Lead Author is none other than our own Emerging Media Editor, James MacDonald. There is also research on kidney injury during ultramarathons and muscle architecture as assessed by ultrasound following a chronic stretching programme.
Biedert discusses the surgical management of traumatic avulsion of the ischial tuberosity in young athletes, presenting the results from 3 cases who were managed surgically with this condition.
There is also a Brief Report on Concussion Surveillance in the Qatar Professional Football League, together with five different Case Reports published online ranging from eczema herpeticum in a Wrestler to an acute phototoxic reaction in a century cyclist.
As ever, keep an eye on our CJSM Blog, available at http://www.cjsmblog.com where our Emerging Media Editor, Dr James MacDonald, keeps us up-to-date on a wide variety of subjects from the World of Sport and Exercise Medicine, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@cjsmonline) and Facebook.
We hope you'll agree with us that our first Issue of 2015 is a great way to kick off the New Year.
As always, best wishes,
Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc