Thanks for reading this edition of Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR).
As of August 30, there have been approximately 183,000 deaths in the US from COVID 19 and we have averaged approximately 1000 deaths per day for the last two weeks. Why are certain places playing college football and other college sports? Is it the spirit of competition, the ambiance, the game day experience, and/or the passion of the on-campus environment? Not at all it's the MONEY! If you are playing in front of no fans, without tailgating and bands it has nothing to do with the experience. Would canceling these sports help people take this pandemic more seriously? To put the death toll into perspective, the average stadium size in two of the three power five conferences playing football, hold about 100,000 fans and the average stadium size in the remaining conference is about 80,000. We could literally fill those stadiums with our fellow Americans who have died from COVID 19! I applaud those conferences that have made the tough call to do the right thing in these challenging times. Athletes and coaches want to play, they always will and that is why we take away their helmet when they sustain a concussion. Maybe we should have taken away their helmets during this pandemic?
This is Chris Jonas' first edition as a section editor for our Extremity and Joint Conditions edition. He has put together an outstanding section on Extremity and Joint Conditions. There are four fantastic articles which include: Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome: A Clinical Update; Regenerative Injectable Therapies: Current Evidence; Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome; and Triceps Tendon Injuries. Thanks Chris, we look forward to more great stuff in the future.
You'll also want to check out this issue's Invited Commentary titled, "Resuming High School and Youth Sports: What Would Your IRB Say?" penned by Consulting Editor William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM and David J. Satin, MD. This issue also features two not-to-be-missed Special Communications "Medicine in the Sport of Horse Racing," by Kelly D. Ryan, DO, CAQSM; Joseph Brodine, MPH, MD; Jason Pothast, MD, CAQSM; and Adrian McGoldrick, MB, MICGP, FFSEM and "Concussions in Ice Hockey – Moving Towards Objective Diagnoses and Point-of-Care Treatment: A Review," by Sara C. Pender, MBA; Aynsley M. Smith, PhD, RN; Jonathan T. Finnoff, DO; John Huston III, MD; and Michael J. Stuart, MD.
ACSM's Clinician Profile features Jason Zaremski, MD, FACSM, CAQSM. In Pearls & Pitfalls, E. Randy Eichner, MD, FACSM, covers exercise immunology and Clinical Pearls covers occipital neuralgia - a masquerading cause of concussion symptoms. Last but not least, do not skip Web Alert as it highlights some helpful resources that will prove useful in your daily work.
Thanks for taking the time to read CSMR. If you know of anyone who would be an excellent peer reviewer or author, and/or there are any topics you would like to see covered in the journal please let us know at CSMR@acsm.org.
Have a great month and enjoy this edition!
Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM