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Current Sports Medicine Reports: January 2020 - Volume 19 - Issue 1 - p 3
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000669
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Pediatric Blood Pressure Guide Mobile App (Gregory Drake Wilson)

Description: Pediatric Blood Pressure Guide is a mobile app developed by Gregory Drake Wilson for physicians or support staff to quickly determine if a child's blood pressure is in the normative range based on their sex, age, and height. The app is based on the most current Clinical Practice Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents, updated in August 2017. It is worth noting that other similar mobile apps such as “Pedia BP” and “Pediatric BP Calculator” are based on the 2004 “Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents,” which uses older tables that may be less sensitive for detecting elevated blood pressures in some cases. In traditional table format, it can be cumbersome to apply the pediatric blood pressure guidelines to a particular patient. The app allows you to simply plug in your patients’ sex, age, and height. Then, it gives you the systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings that correlate with the 50th, 90th, 95th, and 95th + 12 mm percentiles (which correspond to normal, elevated blood pressure, stage 1 hypertension, and stage 2 hypertension, respectively). This is a convenient and useful point of care resource for physicians to have for PPEs or any time they are evaluating the pediatric patient. Overall, this is very easy to use.

Cost: US $0.99 in the app store

Precision Nutrition

Description: Precision nutrition is a large private nutrition coaching and education company whose target clients include health and fitness professionals and athletes. They offer a sports nutrition certification and online nutrition coaching services. On this web site, you can find regularly published free articles and infographics on key hot topics in the field. Some popular articles include: “The Ketogenic Diet: Does it Live up to the Hype?” “The Cost of Getting Lean: Is it Really Worth the Trade Off?” and “What You Do not Know About Willpower.” There are blog posts that are geared more specifically to nutrition coaches, and are less relevant to sports medicine physicians and their patients, but overall, this web site provides a free source of sound sports nutrition information for those trying to reconcile the science (if any) behind the latest diet trends.

Cost: free

European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology

Description: The European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (ESMR) has a subcommittee for musculoskeletal ultrasound with aims to promote the practice and standardization of musculoskeletal ultrasound. They have published technical guidelines for ultrasound examination of individual joints including the ankle, knee, elbow, shoulder, hip, and wrist that are available in PDF format free of charge on this web site. These PDFs concisely outline a systematic scanning technique with example ultrasound images alongside pictures of how the patient is positioned and probe orientation. They can serve as a convenient and quick reference for physicians and fellows that are learning basic musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Cost: free

Stop, Breathe, & Think App

Description: Stop, Breathe, & Think is a free app for daily meditation and mindfulness developed by Tools for Peace, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching the skills of mindfulness and meditation to inner-city teens. The app is actually relevant to a much wider audience. It allows the user to do a “daily check-in” with their emotions, and then recommends short, guided meditations, yoga, and acupressure videos, tuned to how they feel. Users also can browse for meditations related to particular topics including sleep well, connect with your body, yoga, acupressure, and find your focus. The app also allows the user to track their mood, progress, or time meditated. The platform is easy and intuitive to use. This is a tool that could be used by physicians and recommended to patients interested in developing skills in mindfulness and meditation.

Cost: free

Eric Cressey

Description: Eric Cressey is president and cofounder of Cressey Sports Performance and is well known in the strength and conditioning field for his work with overhead athletes. In addition to coaching, he has authored five books, cocreated four DVD sets, and published more than 500 articles. His area of expertise is in applied kinesiology and biomechanics as they relate to program corrective exercise, maximal relative strength development, and athletic performance enhancement. His web site includes regular blog posts in relation to these topics that are often accompanied by illustrative video clips. The content is relevant to anyone working with or caring for injured athletes, particularly overhead athletes. Sports medicine physicians may be especially interested in the breakdown of biomechanics as they relate to both injury and rehabilitation featured in many posts.

Cost: varies per product, but access to blog posts is free.

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