Welcome to the March edition of Current Sports Medicine Reports!
March is a great month as winter sports start to wind down and crown champions and spring sports begin to compete. March also brings us St. Patrick's Day, the start of daylight savings time, spring break, and the best part – March Madness, the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. It kicks off on Selection Sunday, March 17, and concludes on April 8 in Minneapolis, MN. Hopefully, there are a couple of underdogs that make this year's tournament exciting. Enjoy!!
This issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR) is packed full of useful information and interesting reads covering a variety of topics in Chest and Abdominal Conditions along with a poignant Invited Commentary and an outstanding Special Communication.
Tracy R. Ray, MD, FACSM, has assembled an interesting set of articles that we think you will really enjoy. The lead article in this section is fantastic and I encourage everyone to read it "Shared Decision Making for Athletes with Cardiovascular Disease Practical Considerations," by Aaron L. Baggish, MD, FACC, FACSM; Michael J. Ackerman, MD, PhD; Margot Putukian, MD, FACSM; and Rachel Lampert, MD. There also are two very interesting case reports in this issue, the first is about a sport related jejunal rupture and the second is about a traumatic splenic laceration in a football player.
The Invited Commentary this month covers the topic of abuse and the conspiracy of silence in sports and sports medicine. We need to ensure that we create an atmosphere where our athletes (patients) feel and are safe from any forms of abuse. It is incumbent upon us to police ourselves, we know what right looks like and cannot allow or tolerate peers who violate professional ethics and our patients' trust. Thank you to our former editor-in-chief and current Consulting Editor William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM, for addressing this important topic.
This edition also has an outstanding Special Communication titled, "Sport-related Concussion Clinical Profiles: Clinical Characteristics, Targeted Treatments, and Preliminary Evidence," authored by Anthony P. Kontos, PhD; Alicia Sufrinko, PhD; Natalie Sandel, PsyD; Kouros Emami, PsyD; and Michael W. Collins, PhD. I think concussions can be overwhelming to some clinicians and definitely to our patients and I find this is a great way to make them seem more manageable and understandable.
Pearls and Pitfalls by E. Randy Eichner, MD, FACSM, delves into litigations and considerations surrounding rhabdomyolysis. Web Alert by William W. Dexter, MD, FACSM and Lauren Nadkarni, MD, looks at web sites that provide valuable resources you can use in your practice. This issue's Clinician Profile features Martin Hoffman, MD, FACSM.
If you have any suggestions for topics or authors please do not hesitate to contact us at CSMR@acsm.org.
Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM