Fall is finally here and after a long, hot summer it is greatly appreciated. Recently, Hurricane Florence came ashore and caused significant damage here in North Carolina and South Carolina. The immediate damage is over, but it will take a very long time for a significant number of people to recover; please keep them in your thoughts. I think fall is the best time of the year; great weather and great sports which includes the Major League Baseball playoffs.
This is Matthew Gammon's first edition as the Sport-specific Illness and Injury section editor and it is an excellent one! The articles this month cover scapula dyskinesis and vascular exertional limb pain. This section also contains two excellent case reports – the first on a GPS tracker-enabled rescue of a lost runner during a wilderness ultramarathon and the second on an olecranon fracture from direct trauma to elbow during a baseball game.
I am excited to recommend this month's Invited Commentary, "Billing and Coding in Sports Medicine," written by Michael Swartzon, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM. I had to learn how to code the hard way -- trial and error -- in total honestly, mostly errors! This is a great Invited Commentary and it is based off of Dr. Swartzon's excellent lecture at the annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).
Scanning Sports Medicine Reports covers the latest clinical research published by ACSM and CAQ Review looks at blunt abdominal trauma in sports. The Clinical Pearl in this issue explains how to use foot doming to increase dynamic stability and prevent injury in runners and athletes.
We have another excellent article from our international FIMS colleagues that addresses anti-doping science and provides us with important lessons from the medical sciences.
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Have a great month and enjoy this edition!
Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM