Happy spring and welcome to the April edition of Current Sports Medicine Reports. I hope everyone enjoyed the Olympics and Paralympics! By the time this edition hits the streets, the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball tournaments will have concluded, another golfer will have earned a green jacket in Augusta, and MLB will have thrown out the first pitch of the season. Happy reading!
This is another issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR) that is packed full of useful information and interesting reads covering a variety of topics in Environmental Conditions.
First, I would like to welcome new Section Editor James H. Lynch, MD, MS, FACSM, who now oversees the Environmental Conditions section. Jim has recruited some interesting and educational articles, which include the application of blood flow restriction and menthol use for performance in hot environments. Blood flow restriction is an emerging training and rehabilitation modality and this article will give us a better understanding of why and how it works. This edition's case reports are outstanding and you don't want to miss them. The case reports cover blood flow restriction training for post-operative lower extremity weakness; heat stroke, exercise associated hyponatremia, and kidney injury in a soldier found in a field; and lightning strikes.
This edition's Invited Commentary covers a fascinating topic of collegiate eSport and was penned by Joanne DiFranciso-Donoghue, PhD, ACSM-RCEP® and Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP, FAVOEP. Scanning Sports Medicine penned by Robert B. Kiningham, MD, MA, FACSM, looks at the latest clinical research published by ACSM. CAQ Review written by George G.A. Pujalte, MD, FACSM and Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FACSM covers sleep and the athlete and the Clinical Pearl column by Heather K. Vincent, PhD, FACSM and Kevin R. Vincent, MD, PhD, FACSM, looks at abdominal bracing for minimizing excessive pelvic motion during running. Our FIMS partners discuss the always interesting topic of sports drinks in the International Perspectives column.
If there are any topics you would like to see covered in CSMR please do not hesitate to contact me and pass along the request.
Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM