Our Second Issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine of 2017 contains a wealth of Original Research, including the Abstracts from the forthcoming 2017 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Conference, to be held later this year in San Diego. Abstracts include those of the 26th Annual Meeting Presentations, Research Oral Poster Presentations, and Case Abstract Podium Presentations.
Our Editor's pick and lead article this month is comes from the Netherlands and is a multi-centre placebo-controlled randomized trial of extracorporeal shock wave treatment (EWST) plus eccentric training versus sham shockwave (placebo) plus eccentric training for patellar tendinopathy.
Thijs and Colleagues randomized 52 recreational athletes into the EWST or sham-shockwave group and found no favourable effects of combined treatment with EWST and eccentric exercises versus sham-shockwave and eccentric exercises from mean VISA-P scores at 6, 12 and 24 weeks follow-up. Over two-thirds of patents in each group improved clinically over the length of the duration of the trial. The authors urge caution in the interpretation of the study, however, in view of the loss of some participants to follow-up.
Our other Editor's pick this month comes from Roy Shephard, who presents a General Review of Exercise and the Athlete with Infectious Mononucleosis. There are a number of useful clinical management tips within the manuscript including assessment of the symptomatic patient, diagnosis, management and return to play guidance which should prove useful for clinicians seeing patients with this relatively common condition.
Other Original Research articles this month include the Influence of Neck Laceration Protectors on Cervical Range of Motion, Epidemiological studies on injuries sustained by Professional Dancers and during Ice Climbing, and Current Trends in the Management of Lateral Ankle Sprains in the United States amongst other articles.
We bring you two interesting Case Reports on Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block for the management of refractory chronic post-traumatic headaches after sports-related concussion, and a Flexor Digitorum Superficialis tear in a Wakeboarder.
As always, keep an eye on our CJSM Blog and ever-growing list of podcasts brought to you by our Associate Editor for Emerging Media, James MacDonald, and our CME articles on the LWW CME Connection website.
Enjoy the issue!
Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc