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Dexter, William W. M.D.1; Colianni, John P. M.D.2

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Current Sports Medicine Reports: July 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 4 - p 167-168
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181ae04db
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The Golden Hour: www.goldenhour.co.il

The Golden Hour is a Web portal that provides an excellent collection of links to current evidence-based medicine (EBM) resources. The namesake for the Web site refers to the limited amount of time available to stabilize a critically ill or injured patient. As such, the Golden Hour Web site is intended to provide accessible, efficient, effective, evidenced-based information. The Web site's authors' stated aim is to promote and improve the practice of EBM.

Navigation of the Web site is smooth, as the collection of Web-based resources is divided into links to online journals, current articles, EBM guidelines, virtual textbooks, online atlases, and radiology files, as well as useful search tools. Within the EBM section, there exists a multitude of helpful links to statistics resources. The site is updated several times per week and draws a wide audience of medical professionals across all disciplines.

Cost: Free.

Female Athlete Triad Coalition: www.femaleathletetriad.org

The Female Athlete Triad Coalition is an organization that promotes optimal health and well-being for female athletes and active women. The organization was formed in 2002 and represents a variety of medical, nursing, athletic, and sports groups. The Coalition's stated aim is to prevent the Female Athlete Triad via advocacy, education, leadership, formation of new public policy, and support of research. The triad is composed of three interrelated conditions affecting female athletes: Energy Deficit/Disordered Eating, Menstrual Disturbances/Amenorrhea, and Bone Loss/Osteoporosis.

The site is easy to navigate, with sections devoted to health professionals, athletes and coaches, individual experiences with the triad, frequently asked questions, and links to educational events and meetings. Within the section for health professionals, there are excellent links to the American College of Sports Medicine, International Olympic Committee, and National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Stands, as well as a current reference section. A particular highlight is a downloadable screening form that serves as a resource for use in preparticipation examinations.

Cost: Free.

PowerBar.com: www.powerbar.com

PowerBar.com is the homepage for the sports nutrition company that produces the many varieties of nutrition bars, gels, and sports drinks that are quite familiar to athletes and health professionals. PowerBar products were first made in 1983 and have since fueled many weekend warriors and elite athletes alike.

The Web site contains not only information about PowerBar products and where to purchase them, but also several sections of interest to the sports clinician. A particular highlight is the Nutrition and Training section. This portion of the Web site includes an article library of athletic health topics, a collection of sports nutrition presentations, Webinars and calculators, an Ask the Sports Nutrition Expert feature, and an individualized online nutrition and training plan system. The individualized nutrition and training plan system is referred to as the PowerCoach. The PowerCoach takes user input regarding physical attributes, sport, experience level, and sweat rate (with the assistance of an online calculator) to devise a training plan. Each training plan includes a calendar to view and log workouts, daily email workout reminders, sports nutrition, and training tips, as well as personalized daily nutrition plans for optimizing hydration and energy.

Cost: Free.

MyTPI.com: www.mytpi.com

From the Web site: "MyTPI.com is the largest collection of golf-specific health and fitness information from the world's leading experts in the game."

The site was developed by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), which is a widely known golf program for player development. The Web site claims to be the largest free information Web site on golf-specific fitness, golf health, and golf swing biomechanics. A free subscription to the Web site includes a large golf article library, video tips from professional golfers, golf equipment reviews, and many printable video exercise examples. MyTPI.com is simple to navigate and contains a vast array of information. This Web site is an excellent resource for any sports clinician who cares for golfers - from the duffers to the pros.

Cost: Free (requires registration).

Healthy Progress: www.healthyprogress.net/main/home.cfm

Healthy Progress is a new Web site that helps health care professionals prescribe exercise. The Web site requires a free registration that enables the user to create custom exercise programs or access standard programs using a large library of specific exercises. The standard or custom exercise programs are selected and built from a menu organized by anatomic region. After specifying the number of repetitions and sets for each selected exercise, the programs can then be printed or emailed directly to patients. Each exercise is pictorially displayed and clearly described in the final document. The output is similar in format to the exercise illustrations of the Sports Medicine Advisor, with actual photographs of a model patient instead of illustrated cartoons.

The creation of a customized exercise plan is an easy and efficient process on Healthy Progress. While the currently available exercises are limited in scope, new exercises, and new standard programs are being added. As Healthy Progress continues to evolve and new content is incorporated, it may offer an alternative to exercise instruction databases like the Sports Medicine Advisor.

Cost: Free (requires registration).

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