Hello and welcome to the November edition of Current Sports Medicine Reports.
Fall is here, the leaves are starting to fall, and the days are starting to get shorter and cooler. Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. If you have any leftover Snickers bars send them this way, they are my candy vice, and it may help in the editorial process...kidding! High school fall sports are winding down and college sports are kicking off their championships; it's a wonderful time of the year for sports fans!
This is our Competitive Sports edition recruited by new Section Editor Mark Riederer, MD. You will want to be sure to read the section article in this issue covering differential diagnosis and management of head pain in the competitive aquatic athlete. This section also contains several fascinating case reports on topics such as an unusual case of arm pain in a young soccer player caused by herpes zoster; atypical presentation of primary osteosarcoma of the lumbar spine with caval tumor thrombus in a 17-year-old male; and effort-associated thrombosis: imaging is key when suspicion is high. Mark, welcome to the CSMR team, glad to have you on board.
I am extremely excited about this months' Special Communication article, “Clinical Practice Patterns of Isthmic Spondylolysis in Young Athletes: A Survey of PRiSM Members," in this edition written by William L. Hollabaugh, MD; Cassidy M. Foley Davelaar, MD; Kevin J. McHorse, PT; Suraj A. Achar, MD, FAAFP; James P. MacDonald, MD, MPH, FACSM; and Mark Riederer, MD. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did and can use it to inform your practice.
Do not forget to read Pearls & Pitfalls by E. Randy Eichner, MD, FACSM, to learn more about thick blood and blood clots. Be sure to read the Web Alert column, penned by Joseph M. Benert, MD, to find some interesting web sites and apps that my help you with your daily work.
Please enjoy this month's edition while you sit back and enjoy your pumpkin spice latte and prior to your turkey coma.
Shawn F. Kane, MD, FACSM