Introducing the BJSM “Patient Voices” series: getting your patient’s story heard by the wider SEM community

By Dr Osman Ahmed @osmanhahmed How many of us have treated a patient/athlete and thought “that’s one heck of a story they’ve got”? Quite a few of us, I expect. Throughout our working lives we encounter patients who have been through circumstances and situations that we can easily look too as a great learning example, […]

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Arsenal FC SEMS Conference, 20th March 2018, Emirates Stadium, London, UK

Duty of Care and Athlete Welfare in Elite Sport: how advances in monitoring, loading and performance can help our athletes Register on-line at www.arsenal.com/semsconference Senior SEMS, sports law, NGB professional or student – a day not to be missed!! Comments from 2017 conference attendees: “An excellent meeting, with many news ideas and methods to implement.”; […]

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Male Cyclists: bones, body composition, nutrition, performance

Dr Nicky Keay There has been much recent coverage regarding female runners suffering with health and performance issues due to relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S). What about male athletes? A recent article about male cyclists who explained how they developed RED-S, did not receive as sympathetic a response as articles concerning female athletes. Yet multiple […]

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Do antioxidant supplements prevent or reduce muscle soreness after exercise?

By Mayur Ranchordas, David Rogerson, Hora Soltani and Joseph Costello Taking dietary antioxidants in the form of supplements (e.g. tablets, capsules, powders) or antioxidant-enriched foods (e.g. food concentrates) in doses much higher than the recommended amounts (up to 10 times the recommended daily amounts) several days before and after exercise has been proposed as a way […]

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The transplant athlete: an emerging sporting population

One of the most precious developments of modern medicine, lifesaving organ transplantation enables over 4,000 people per year in the UK to have the ‘gift of life’ [1]. The Transplant Games were initiated by Maurice Slapak in 1978, principally as a vehicle to encourage transplantees to engage in sport and exercise. Indeed, physical activity, which […]

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Risks associated with sitting and physical inactivity are not comparable to those of smoking (Letter to the Editor)

By Brigid M. Lynch, Paul A. Gardiner, Jeff K. Vallance, Terry Boyle, Neville Owen and Ron Borland Letter in Response to Online First Article (8 January 2018) “Infographic: Physical activity, sitting time and mortality.” Ekelund’s Infographics piece1 provides an overview of the Ekelund et al.2 harmonised meta-analysis of the joint effects of self-reported sitting and […]

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Skeletal muscle adaptation to exercise: can we call it “Sarcohormesis”?  

By Maurílio Dutra and Martim Bottaro More than eighty years ago, the process of adaptation of the human body in response to a specific stressor to return to normal homeostasis was termed “general adaptation syndrome”[1].  The concept was then broadened to what it is now referred to as the hormesis theory[2]. The idea of hormesis has […]

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Cyclists: Make No Bones About It

By Dr Nicky Keay Competitive cyclists are potentially at risk of suboptimal bone health. Although cyclingis excellent for cardiovascular fitness, this type of non skeletal loading exercise does not mechanically stimulate osteogenesis (bone formation). This situation of low mechanical osteogenic stimulus to build bone can be compounded by restrictive eating patterns and associated hormone dysfunction of relative energy […]

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries in children and adolescents –a rare occurrence?

By Louise Shaw  Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury, particularly in youths, has been the focus of recent media attention and parental concern in Australia 1 2. This is not surprising given that ACL injury causes significant discomfort and disability, and may also result in reduced levels of physical activity and contribute to obesity 3. ACL […]

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Sports Medicine Australia: Building on 2017 and taking 2018 by storm…

By Declan Boffa 2017 was a jam-packed year for us here at Sports Medicine Australia (SMA). We held our position as the top national umbrella body for sports medicine and sports science and continued to strengthen our ties with BJSM as a member society. Here’s a summary of our year as well as what we’re looking forward to […]

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