Hello and Happy spring!
A great time of the year and another great edition of Current Sports Medicine Reports!
This is an amazing time of the year for sports, the winter sports are winding down in college with champions being crowned and the NBA and NHL playoffs getting under way. Spring college sports are peaking and soon it will be playoff time for those student athletes. Even if you don't have a calendar you know it's April when Major League Baseball holds opening day.
This edition of Current Sports Medicine Reports is packed full of useful information and interesting reads covering a variety of topics in Environmental Conditions.
Environmental Conditions Section Editor Jim Lynch, MD, MS, FACSM, has assembled an amazing set of articles, which include medical and water quality considerations of open water swimming, current perspectives and future directions of dive medicine, and whole-body cryotherapy in sports medicine. This edition's case reports are outstanding, and you don't want to miss them. The case reports cover environmental considerations of pulmonary function evaluation in elite swimmers, rhabdomyolysis and malaria in a college football player – a multifactorial case of hyponatremia following a marathon, and pyomyositis of the vastus medialis.
This edition's Invited Commentary covers the important topic of nutrition assessment of the athlete and was penned by D. Enette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RD, FACSM. I heard Dr. Larson-Meyer speak at last year's ACSM Annual Meeting and thought it would be a great article for our CSMR readers. A note to our readers, if you hear a great speaker on an interesting sports medicine topic, please pass along his or her information to us here at CSMR@acsm.org – it helps the journal find awesome authors.
Scanning Sports Medicine written by Robert B. Kiningham, MD, MA, FACSM, looks at the latest clinical research published by ACSM. CAQ Review written by Korey Kasper, MD covers sports training principles. This month we have another International Perspectives contribution from our FIMS partners. This is an interesting article on altitude training and recombinant human erythropoietin: considerations for doping detection.
The ACSM Annual Meeting in Orlando is getting closer, don't forget that the early registration discount ends April 18! Register now for the best deal. See you there.
Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM