Welcome to the March issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.
This issue, we bring you the research poster, podium and case presentations from the forthcoming 24th Annual Meeting of our affiliate Society, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), to be held in Hollywood, Florida between the 14th and 19th of April.
As always, there is a wide variety of interesting research presented here with 157 research poster abstracts and 32 research podium abstracts on offer. I always enjoy reading the AMSSM case presentation abstracts which give an interesting insight into the assessment and management of a number of challenging cases. These help to sharpen the diagnostic skills and turn up one or two surprises along the way. I recommend that you take the time to read through these as there is some rich learning material here.
Our Editorial this month takes us back to the popular topic of concussion in sport, with authors Murray, Murray and Robson arguing for a cultural change in our attitudes to concussion. One might easily conclude that this is a process that has already commenced and is still in evolution, although I am sure that there will be more to learn in the future which will continue to change the attitudes of clinicians, sports participants, and the general public in the years to come.
We bring you the proceedings from the Second Ice Hockey Summit focused on the topic of sport-related concussion in Ice Hockey. A number of action items are presented in the categories of Basic Science, Acute and Chronic Care, Prevention, Updates in Novel Equipment and Policies and Plans for Organization, State and Federal Levels, which are considered to be the most important factors in order to decrease the incidence of sport-related concussions in Ice Hockey. Importantly, rule changes feature prominently amongst the recommended action items and some of these have already been made.
Further on the topic of concussion in sport, there are four Original Research articles on offer concerning the detection of concussion using cranial accelerometry, why university athletes choose not to reveal their concussion symptoms during a practice or a game, the validation of a virtual reality balance module for use in clinical concussion assessment and management, and the utilization of a text-messaging robot to assess intraday variation in concussion symptom severity scores.
Other Original Research articles vary from topics including mountain sickness, exercise addiction, chiari malformations in athletes, the preventative effects of saffron and indomethacin on delayed-onset muscle soreness, and injuries amongst club-level cyclists.
There are General Reviews on the topic of dysbaric osteonecrosis, and the epidemiology of medical-attention injuries in community Australian football, together with two online-only book reviews of the texts 'Muscle Injuries in Sports' by Muller-Wohlfahrt and colleagues, and 'Anatomy for Problem Solving in Sports Medicine: The Knee' by Harris and colleagues, both books that I own and are well worth reading.
CJSM will be at AMSSM 2015 and we look forward to seeing you there.
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Until next time, as always, with my very best wishes,
Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc