Happy 2019 and welcome to another exciting year of Current Sports Medicine Reports.
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and was able to find some time to relax, celebrate with family and friends, and enjoy some sports. By the time this hits the press the next College Football National Champion will have been crowned – no matter who wins, I hope it is a good game.
Christopher A. McGrew, MD, FACSM, has assembled some interesting articles on a variety of topics for this year's Head, Neck, and Spine section. This edition has two very interesting articles on concussion – when is it safe to drive after a mild traumatic brain injury or a sports-related concussion and genetic factors for sports-related concussion. The final article that rounds out our first edition of 2019 is excellent and covers the orthopedic and medical concerns for the wheelchair athlete.
It's winter so no better time to talk about hockey than now. In this edition we also have two hockey related special communications that you should find very informative and thought provoking. I hope you find the "Proceedings from the Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion" and "Eliminating Fighting and Head Hits from Hockey: Opportunities and Barriers" as interesting as I did.
In Pearls & Pitfalls, E. Randy Eichner, MD, FACSM, ponders the perils of too much iron and round red cells. Web Alert reviews several interesting web sites you'll want to check out. Get to know Evan Stuart Bass, MD, in this issue's Clinician Profile.
Best wishes to each of you for a happy and healthy 2019. If there are topics you would like to see covered in the journal, please feel free to send your ideas to CSMR@acsm.org for consideration.
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Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM