Welcome to our first issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine in 2022.
We start this year with another bumper issue, bringing you no less than three Editorials, two important Society Statements on COVID vaccination in athletes and on the Care of the Athlete and Athletic Person with Diabetes, sixteen Original Research articles, three General Reviews, a Practical Management article on telehealth examinations for sports-related concussion in the outpatient setting, plus an interesting Case Report regarding an athlete with a rare cause of syncope.
I'm sure that we have all been hoping for better times ahead in 2022 following the challenges we have all faced due to the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic over the last two years. Sadly, things have recently taken a turn for the worse with the emergence of the omicron variant which is currently spreading rapidly amongst Europe and other regions of the World, and is already becoming the dominant SARS-CoV-2 strain in many countries.
This issue, we bring you a timely and important COVID vaccination in athletes and updated interim guidance on the preparticipation physical examination during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The Statement was produced by a panel of experts convened by our Affiliate Society, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and offers information on many aspects of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination including practical advice on administration, different available vaccines, and issues related to vaccination among special groups.
I'm sure that the Statement will act as a useful practical guide for many of us who are actively involved in vaccinating our athlete populations at this time. Whether SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and schedules will change in the future due to the emergence of omicron and other variants remains to be seen. We'll keep you updated.
We include more articles on the topic of SARS-CoV-2 this month, with a comparative cross-sectional study on anxiety and depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 emergency period in professional football from Gouttebarge and Colleagues, and a survey of sports physicians on decision-making, practice changes, and mental health during the early phase of the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic from Cushman and Colleagues.
Our Practical Management article this month on the topic of telehealth examination for sport-related concussion in the outpatient setting by McPherson and Colleagues will be of great practical value to those of us whose are conducting more remote consultations than usual during the pandemic.
Shifting focus from the pandemic, we bring you another important Position Statement from AMSSM on the care of the athlete and athletic person with diabetes. This truly comprehensive summary contains a wealth of information and practical advice on the subject of the care of the athlete with diabetes, and I'm sure it will be of great value to clinicians caring for patients with this common condition.
Glick presents an interesting Editorial on the subject of Sports Psychiatry and the role of the sports psychiatrist on the sports medicine team. Other Editorial topics this month include social media and the sports medicine physician from our Associate Editor Dr James Moeller, and weighted ball velocity throwing programs from Dr Jason Zaremski, who is a former Junior Associate Editor of CJSM and was recently appointed to our Editorial Board.
Subjects for our General Reviews this month include Female Athlete hip injuries and the epidemiology of achilles tendon ruptures amongst Italian First Division soccer players. We also bring you an interesting historical review on a half-century of Evidence-based Cardiac Rehabilitation from Professor Roy Shephard.
There is a wealth of Original Research this issue on topics including concussion knowledge and reporting behaviours among collegiate athletes, consequences and prognosis of running-related knee injuries among recreational runners, and prevalence of elevated blood pressure and risk factors for hypertension in college athletes.
Many of you will remember that CJSM is now on Instagram as well as our other social media outlets including Twitter and Facebook, so don't forget to keep an eye out for us on these sites as well as on the CJSM Blog to keep up to date with what's going on in the world of Sports Medicine.
Keep checking out our CME articles on the Lippincott CME Connection website , with new topics being added regularly.
Also, don't forget to test your clinical reasoning skills with our clinical case studies, produced in association with AMSSM and AOASM and available for free on our website.
It looks like 2022 is going to be another busy and challenging year. Don't forget to look after yourselves as well as your patients, and here's keeping our fingers crossed for better times to come.
Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc