Happy February and I hope winter is treating you well!
February brought us Super Bowl LII from Minneapolis, MN and will bring the XXIII Winter Olympic Games and the XII Winter Paralympics from PyeonChang, South Korea. Since we have a Super Bowl every year, I will focus on the Olympics. Athletes from all around the world will come together in what looks to be a beautiful venue. I have to admit one of my earliest Olympic memories is the "Miracle on Ice" from the 1980 games in Lake Placid, NY. The call of "Do you believe in miracle?" by Al Michaels will go down in American history as one of the best and most memorable ever. Living in North Carolina and not really being much of a winter person I always love the Winter Olympics. Curling, skeleton, and luge are some of my favorites and who doesn't want to at least try ski jumping at least once?! I hope you all get a chance to enjoy the games and cheer for your favorite country.
General Medical Conditions Section Editor David Webner, MD, has assembled an interesting set of articles that will prove useful and informative on a variety of topics. This issue covers core muscle injuries and thyroid disorders in athletes and a fascinating case report about a venous thromboembolic event after elective anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Scanning Sports Medicine penned by Robert B. Kiningham, MD, MA, FACSM, looks at the latest clinical research published by ACSM. CAQ Review looks at the role of a team physician and take a look at this month's Clinical Pearl column that draws attention the Pes Anserine in knee osteoarthritis. The FIMS International Perspectives column discusses the implications of a third gender for elite sports.
I highly encourage you to read this issue's Invited Commentary about the Pediatric Inactivity Triad by Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, FACSM; Tamara Rial Rebullido, PhD; and James P. MacDonald, MD, MPH, FACSM. These authors have done an amazing job at highlighting a major issue in our society. I think this something many of us can incorporate into our clinical practice.
How many times are you asked questions about energy drinks and their safety and the efficacy? Well, this issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports will provide you with some great information on this topic as it includes ACSM's first Contemporary Issues paper focused on energy drinks. Contemporary Issues papers are a new type of official ACSM Pronouncement and are meant to be evidence informed, quick-turnaround documents of timely, high-importance topics.
Happy reading, hope you enjoy this month's Current Sports Medicine Reports.
Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM