How the SARS-CoV-2 Virus is Transforming Sports Medicine

You may be one of our loyal readers in the UK about to begin a three-day bank holiday, or one of our USA readers about to enjoy your own long weekend celebrating Memorial Day.

Or you may be one of our many readers in other spots of the globe going into a ‘regular’ weekend, but what does any of this mean anymore?  Two day weekend, three day weekend?  Might we not even have work to go back to, and who is traveling anywhere these days?

In the COVID era time itself seems to have changed, and it’s that broad, transforming effect caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, happening to us all, that we explore in a pair of new CJSM podcasts.

In the first episode of this ‘COVID themed’ series, we talk with two editors of CJSM — our Editor-in-Chief Christopher Hughes MBBS, Msc and Associate Editor Hamish Osborne MBChB, MMedSci.

Dr. Hughes lives and practices sports medicine in the United Kingdom, and Dr. Osborne does the same in New Zealand.  They both wear several ‘hats,’ ranging from the professional (head team physician, academic, clinician) to the personal (spouse and parent).  Both share their unique perspectives on how their lives, and their nations’ lives, have been transformed in these few months we have all been dealing with this novel virus.

I invite you to visit our podcasts on iTunes or at our journal website — this weekend, download and listen to these interviews with two physicians on opposite sides of the globe.  And keep your eyes posted for the next podcast, our 42nd, coming in rapid order. We’ll get a chance to ask other doctors in other parts of the globe about their lives.

Stay healthy!

CJSM Journal Club — Nondisclosure of concussion symptoms by athletes

Jason Zaremski MD, au courant with medical clothing styles circa 2020. Go Gators!

Our May 2020 issue has recently published, and as ever our Jr. Assoc. Editor Dr. Jason Zaremski is ready to share his pick for the newest CJSM Blog Journal Club.

Concussion Symptom Underreporting Among Incoming National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I College Athletes is the subject for today’s blog post.

Dr. Zaremski is himself a physician at The University of Florida, well known for its Division 1 College Athletic program, the Florida Gators. Whether we treat collegiate athletes, pros, or children, we in sports medicine ALL have an interest in addressing the issue of concussion nondisclosure.

Thanks to the authors for this timely study, and thanks to Dr. Zaremski for your ongoing contributions in this journal club.

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Jason Zaremski, MD

Introduction:  As we enter the early stages of the summer and approach a “new normal” with regards to sports, it is incumbent upon sports medicine team physicians to be vigilant as we bring freshman athletes to college campuses with potentially different methods to screen and perform pre-participation physical examinations. While dealing with the new challenges COVID will pose, including the possibility of conducting assessments remotely, clinicians will need, as always, to obtain accurate historical information in order to care for our student-athletes. With that in mind, we present the May 2020 Journal Club on Concussion Symptom Underreporting Among Incoming National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I College Athletes by Dr Fiona Conway and colleagues.

Purpose: To examine concussion knowledge and the relationship of knowledge to reasons for concussion symptom nondisclosure in NCAA Division one incoming athletes. Read more of this post

A Conversation with Dr. Louise Tulloh, ACSEP President

Dr. Louise Tulloh, current president of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)

Today’s podcast guest is a physician I have been ‘after’ for a few months, and I am delighted I finally caught up with her to have a chat.

Dr. Louise Tulloh is a sports physician in Sydney Australia and she is in the midst of serving her two-year term as President of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).  We were planning to talk shortly after IOC Injury Prevention Monaco when COVID took over the world, and we have both just managed to get our heads above water to arrange a conversation.

And so one recent morning my time (evening hers) we had our chat, and I want to share it with you in this podcast.

We covered the intense trajectory Australian sport has taken over the last six months, from the bush fires to COVID. We got to review the ACSEP conference that took place in Canberra, at the end of February, one of the last sports medicine conferences to take place in 2020 before COVID upended the calendar.

The ACSEP is an international leader in sports medicine, and Dr. Tulloh was also able to share some of the extraordinary work the college is continuing in this new COVID era:

  • The on-line ACSEP Sport and Exercise Medicine Academy, a new and comprehensive curriculum that covers the gamut in our field.  It includes both free content (ECG modules, concussion) and for-fee content that can be accessed by anyone worldwide.
  • The ACSEP social media feeds, which include @ACSEP_ and @ACSEPpresident where the college is leading the charge in addressing current issues such as the maintenance of physical activity during a time of social distancing and home lockdowns. If you don’t follow those feeds, you simply must.  The ACSEP puts the ‘exercise’ into ‘sport and exercise’ medicine, for sure.

Take the time now to check out this newest podcast in our lineup of 40 (and growing) podcasts to be found on our journal website and on iTunes.

Thank you Dr. Tulloh for your time and leadership, and thank you ACSEP for the model you set for SEM colleges and societies around the world.

Family Physicians with Sports Medicine Certification — the CJSM Podcast

SARS-CoV-2 continues to impact personal and professional lives across the planet and will do so for the foreseeable future.  Among all the uncertainty, this much we know.

As I have talked to colleagues around the globe, many share with me that with sports shuttered, practice volumes are down and for some that means a bit more time in their schedules to do ‘other’ things. This may include working on neglected manuscripts or grant applications, tidying up their medical practice website, or for many:  juggling working from home with care for children who now have had their schools shuttered and are on-line learning from home.

If you have a bit more free time, then now is the perfect time to become acquainted with CJSM’s library of podcasts, which can be found on the journal website and on iTunes.

A scene familiar to us all in this COVID era — group video conference call with (R to L) Lars Peterson, Rachel Cox, yours truly

Our newest podcast concerns a study published in the May 2020 edition of CJSM:  Practice Patterns of Family Physicians with and without Sports Medicine Certification.

In the podcast, we talk with Dr. Lars Peterson and Ms. Rachel Cox. Lars Peterson MD, PhD is Vice-President of Research for the American Board of Family Medicine, and Rachel Cox is a second year medical student at the University of Kentucky.  They are, respectively, the senior and first author of the study.

Across the world, different countries and jurisdictions approach sports medicine subspecialty training in different ways. Read more of this post

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