Welcome to the March 2016 issue of CJSM.
This month we bring you an interesting new Position
Statement from one of our affiliate Societies, the Australasian College of
Sports and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP - formerly the Australasian College of
Sports Physicians) on the Place of Mesenchymal Stem / Stromal Cell Therapies in
Sport and Exercise Medicine.
This Statement was written primarily for ACSEP Members
and Fellows, but will be of interest to a much wider readership. The Statement
includes some background information on stem cells and their use as a
therapeutic intervention, presenting evidence for both the efficacy and safety
in the setting of a number of different conditions including osteoarthritis,
tendinopathies, muscle injury. Ethical considerations are also discussed, and a
summary statement is presented.
I am sure that many of our readers have used, or are
considering using, stem cell therapies in their practice, and it is to be hoped
that they will find the ACSEP Statement both informative and useful from both theoretical
and practical perspectives.
CJSM is looking forward to the 25TH Annual
Meeting of another of our affiliate Societies, the American Medical Society for
Sports Medicine (AMSSM), which will take place in April this year in Dallas. In
this issue, we publish the Case Abstracts, Research Abstract Oral Poster Presentations,
and the Research Podium Presentations for the Conference.
A favorite read of mine are the abstracts of the case
podium presentations, and as usual, there are a wide variety of interesting
cases discussed which highlight some of the more unusual diagnoses seen in clinical
practice. Of course, there is also a wealth of interesting and diverse research
presented amongst the Research Abstract Oral Presentations and Research Podium
Amongst our Original Research articles published this
issue, Mohtadi and colleagues present the results of a double-blind randomized clinical
trial of 330 patients comparing outcomes (proportion of complete traumatic
re-ruptures, traumatic re-injuries, atraumatic graft failures and contralateral
tears) of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with patellar tendon
autograft, single-bundle quadruple-stranded hamstring autograft and
double-bundle hamstring autograft.
Other Original Research topics include the long-term
results of different surgeries for exertional compartment syndrome of the
forearm amongst motorcycling racers, return to learning after concussion and
compliance with cognitive rest, and knowledge and adverse event reporting
amongst AMSSM physicians with regard to dietary supplements.
Our 2016 Systematic Reviews competition is well underway,
and I urge you to check out our information page from the link on our main
website. The authors of the winning systematic review will receive a cash prize
of $1500, and will see their work published in the Journal.
As ever, don’t forget to check us out on Twitter
(@cjsmonline), Facebook, and on our CJSM Blog with James MacDonald, Emerging
Media Editor for the Journal.
Finally, we are excited this month to bring you the first
of our new CME Modules, this time on the subject of the Statement of the 3rd
International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Statement Development
Conference which was published in CJSM in July 2015. We have made this module
free in order to give you a taster of our CME modules to come. Successful
completion of the learning module offers participants 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1
credits. We aim to bring you many more CME learning modules in the future, and
hope that completion of these will form a key part of your learning portfolios.
Our Associate Editor for CME, Holly Benjamin, is keen to hear your feedback on
our CME modules, so don’t forget to drop her a line at email@example.com
Enjoy the issue!
With best wishes,
Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc