I write to you in this, one of the most challenging times we have faced.
Looking back on my notes accompanying our January issue, full of optimism and promise for the year ahead, it is unimaginable how events would unfold in the near future, and at such a rapid pace.
We now find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic with catastrophic consequences. Although, mercifully, it would appear that the tide is turning in some Countries in terms of reductions in numbers of cases and loss of life, it is clear that things are not going to be the same for a long time for most of us, and perhaps never the same for some of us.
I am sure that you will join me in applauding our colleagues amongst the global sports medicine community in their efforts to support their medical colleagues in other specialties, looking after patients affected by the pandemic. The willingness to become involved with areas of medicine outside of usual practice, and to prioritise caring for our communities, is to be admired.
Of course, the sporting World has already been hugely affected by the pandemic, including the cancellation and postponement of major global sporting events.
Amongst the academic sports medicine community, we have seen the cancellation of some major conferences including the CASEM 2020 Symposium, which is where I would have been writing to you from right now if things had been different.
This was to be a special event celebrating 50 years of excellence for CASEM, a "golden age of sport medicine," and was an event all of us at the Journal were very much looking forward to.
Although this year's Symposium was unable to go ahead, the good news is that we are still happy to be able to bring you the CASEM 2020 poster and podium presentations in this issue, together with a treasure trove of Original Research articles.
Mentioning earlier about the extended scope of practice of many of those practising sports medicine, an article by Cox and Colleagues this issue looks at the practice patterns of family physicians, both with and without sports medicine certification.
The study was a cross-sectional analysis of 2017 and 2018 American Board of Family Medicine Certification and Sports Medicine Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) examination registration practice demographic questionnaire data.
In this study, it was found that the majority of respondants spend 60% of their time or less practising sports medicine, and there were few differences in scope of practice between those with a CAQ and those without, with 24% of sports medicine family physicians providing inpatient care, and 4% taking part in delivering babies.
Lee and Colleagues present their Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on the highly topical subject of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for degenerative knees with mild or no osteoarthritis. Five randomized-controlled trials were included in the final analysis, with the Authors concluding that arthroscopic partial meniscectomy did not improve function or reduce pain compared with conservative treatment or sham operations in knees with mild or no osteoarthritis.
We bring you plenty of other Original Research articles on the topics of Concussion Symptom Underreporting Among Incoming NCAA Division 1 College Athletes, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in the National Hockey League, and Low Bone Mineral Density in Elite Female Athletes with a History of Secondary Amenorrhoea in their Teens.
There are Brief Reports on Preventing Exercise-Associated Collapse Using Runner Education, and Methods of Identifying Limb Dominance in Adolescent Female Basketball Players, and two General Reviews on Isolated Traumatic First Rib Fracture in Athletes, and Phototherapy on Management of Creatine Kinase in General Versus Localised Exercise.
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Until I write again, stay safe, and don't forget to look after yourselves as well as your patients.
Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc