Welcome everybody to this, our first issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine in 2017.
We at the Journal are excited about the forthcoming 12 months as there is a lot to look forward to and to share with you in the months ahead.
Our Systematic Reviews competition closed on 31st December, and we will be announcing our winner in due course. The winning manuscript will be published as the Editor's Choice in a forthcoming issue of the Journal, and our winning authors will be walking away with a cash prize. We will also be publishing a selection of the best of the other entries throughout the year.
There will be a number of important Position and Consensus Statements published throughout the next 12 months, and we will be whetting your appetite for these with more information about them as the weeks go by.
We will be introducing a number of new initiatives for the Journal this year. Without wishing to give the game away too early, there will be some new manuscript categories, a new take on our previous Journal Club format, and a re-fresh of our Journal design to look forward to. We will be unveiling some other exciting changes as we go along throughout the year, so make sure to keep an eye on on our CJSM Blog, Twitter feed (@cjsmonline), and Facebook pages for more information from our Emerging Media Editor, James Macdonald.
This issue, we bring you a wide range of Original Research articles including two with a soccer-based theme. O'Brien and Finch focus on the issue of injury prevention in professional soccer, evaluating the perceptions of players and staff towards injury prevention exercise programs. They find that, whilst there is generally strong support for injury prevention programs amongst end-users, there are differences in opinion as to the optimal content of injury prevention programs, and on who should take individual responsibility for these programs.
Van der Horst and Colleagues examine the hamstring and lower back flexibility of male amateur soccer players using the sit and reach test, providing population-based reference values for these tests. They conclude that the sit-and-reach test may be useful in assessing injury risk and performance.
We have a host of other Original Research content this issue with such wide-ranging themes as the impact of patellar tendinopathy on knee proprioception, the epidemiology of concussions and time to recovery amongst male and female varsity athletes, and risk factors for collegiate swimmers hospitalized with exertional rhabdomyolysis.
Our General Review this issue by Handelsman and colleagues focuses on the doping status of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) for female athletes with adrenal insufficiency. The authors conclude that there is a lack of evidence to support the use of DHEA replacement therapy for patients with these conditions due the absence of evidence of a definite health benefit, which may lead some of our readership to re-examine their practice in prescribing DHEA for these conditions.
The use of head guards in boxing is a somewhat controversial subject, and our Brief Report by Loosemore and colleagues examines changes in injuries after the implementation of a new rule by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to remove head guards from its competitions. The authors find that the number of stoppages due to head blows was significantly decreased without head guards, and conclude that boxing without head guards may reduce the risk of acute brain injury amongst amateur boxers. An accompanying podcast interview will shortly be available, and we predict that this research will spark much further debate on the topic.
We also bring you two interesting Case Reports on a possible link between KAATSU exercise and exertional rhabdomyolysis, and a case of infective sacroiliitis following upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in a young sportsman.
Finally, don't forget to check out our ever-growing number of CME articles on the LWW CME Connection website.
Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc