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Dexter, William W. MD, FACSM; Alex, James MD

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Current Sports Medicine Reports: July 2018 - Volume 17 - Issue 7 - p 228-229
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000498
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Diver’s Alert Network:

Web site: https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/

Description: Diver's Alert Network (DAN) is a comprehensive diving resource for both patients and medical providers. This web site provides free access to a variety of important, evidence-based dive medicine articles for physicians covering a broad array of topics from organ systems to common disease processes and pertinent medication considerations. The web site provides a referral network for patients seeking dive-medicine specialists in addition to a medical FAQ and online access to speak directly to a dive medicine trained medic. The DAN maintains a 24/7 emergency hotline for patient information and care coordination. The web site links to training opportunities ranging from basic first-aid for divers to CME courses for physicians, with opportunities for both to seek DAN instructor certification. Lastly, the DAN network includes links to ongoing and completed DAN-sponsored research projects with options for both divers and researchers to get involved in advancing the field of dive medicine.

Cost: Free (paid membership optional)

International Criteria for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in Athletes: Consensus Statement:

Web site: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/9/704

Description: The 2017 Consensus Statement for Electrocardiographic (ECG) Interpretation in Athletes provides an exceptional resource for clinicians covering the gamut of important normal, borderline, and pathologic ECG patterns in athletes. In addition to providing the most up-to-date interpretations of these findings, this statement moves beyond typical journal article content with both its extent of linked multimedia (i.e., PowerPoint slides for 20 high-yield figures) and associated learning resources (i.e., BMJ's online training course for ECG interpretation). The web page includes a frequently referenced and clinically invaluable summary diagram of normal, borderline, and abnormal findings to guide interpretation and management of athlete ECG. The text of the article provides clinically applicable evaluation and management pearls for each of the findings in the quick reference guide. In addition, the article concludes with useful insight regarding special populations (i.e., age >30, high-risk family history) and psychological considerations in athletes with high-risk cardiac conditions. This statement and accompanying content comprise a quick-access clinical reference for all physicians who interpret ECG in athletes.

Cost: Free

Federation Internationale de L'Automobile Medical Page:

Web site: https://www.fia.com/medical

Description: The Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) is the world governing body for motorsport and coordinates medical care for motorsports athletes across a broad range of competitive racing events. This medical page contains a variety of important medical links including rules outlining minimum requirements for preparticipation physical exams for drivers competing in FIA-sanctioned events. This document clearly lists the medical conditions which are absolutely and relatively contraindicated in athletes competing in these races. In addition, technical requirements for safety equipment, including helmets, restraints, and flame-resistant clothing, are all included. A separate link provides extensive guidance for minimal requirements of medical services and facilities at FIA-sanctioned races. This includes distinct regulations for different racing classes from circuit to autocross, drag racing, rally, and hill climbs. Lastly, this web page includes access to FIA-related antidoping policies and the triannual publication of the international journal of motorsport medicine, Auto + Medical.

Cost: Free

Make Your Body Work:

Web site: https://makeyourbodywork.com/

Description: Make Your Body Work is a web site created by a Canadian personal trainer named Dave Smith for the purposes of helping individuals meet their fitness and body image goals. This web site uses an initial weight loss assessment tool based on sex, age, personal body image concerns, prior weight loss attempts, prior weight loss results, current exercise routine, and weight loss/fitness goals. This information is then used to educate patients on the pitfalls of high-intensity exercise to meet their goals including evidence-based rationale for why this approach is often unsuccessful. While the web site offers a paid fitness program based on low-intensity training principles, there are podcast and blog links with free information to help patients better understand Smith's safe approach to improving fitness. He also maintains a publicly accessible YouTube account (linked on above web site) with short instructional videos for a variety of exercises and further information about low-intensity exercise. This web site is primarily useful to sports medicine providers as a resource for patients who have been struggling with weight loss and are interested in an alternative, safe, effective option.

Cost: Free (optional paid program)

Go Flight Medicine:

Web site: http://goflightmedicine.com/

Description: Go Flight Medicine is an educational resource web page directed at military and civilian aerospace medicine professionals. It is a project started and operated by U.S. Air Force flight surgeon Rocky Jedick, MD, MBA. In addition to documenting a brief history of flight medicine, this page links to flight surgeon guidance for the Air Force, Army, and Navy. Each of these provides a listing of important historical and current aerospace medical texts and journal articles for medical providers. Official military guidance pages for each branch are organized into comprehensive lists covering everything from physical examination standards to approved/restricted medication lists and aircrew ECG interpretation standards. Flight surgeon training materials also are linked and include U.S. Air Force Residency of Aerospace Medicine and Society of U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeons pages. Lastly, this web page includes blog posts related to flight medicine, including topics, such as auricular barotrauma and aviator age restrictions between military branches.

Cost: Free

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