Quarter of a century up! What have we been talking about?

The CJSM Blog reaches its 25th blog post today since our launch back in June earlier this year. For those of you who have been on board with us since the beginning, we’d like to thank you for your interest and hope that you have found the content interesting on our journey in the World of Sport Medicine.

For those of you who may have joined us a little more recently, this is as good a time as any for a recap of some of the topics we’ve been talking about so far.

Our most recent post focuses on MRI use during clinical assessment by sports clinicians and asks the question, ‘Do Sports Medicine Clinicians overuse MRI scanning?’ This issue was recently highlighted in an article in the New York Times, with perhaps a premature conclusion being reached that MRI scans are indeed overused by Sports Medicine clinicians. What do you think? Come and let us know, and don’t forget to vote on our home page quick poll.
Just prior to that, the issue of concussion in sport was discussed relating to an incident in the recent Rugby World Cup Final where a player who left the pitch due to what looked to be a concussive injury was allowed back onto the field of play only to go off again shortly afterwards. In the context of the sideline assessment of concussion and return to play guidelines, the question asked was, ‘do we practice what we preach?’
The hype surrounding the use of platelet-rich plasma was highlighted back in august when, in the context of a recently published systematic review article in CJSM, we asked the question ‘Is PRP a magic bullet or a damp squib?’
A little earlier, the controversy surrounding the mandatory use of cycle helmets for recreational cyclists was discussed in a post which generated the most number of comments from our readers so far, some with very strong opinions either for or against mandatory use. Our quick poll on the topic was hugely against legislation and enforcement of cycle helmets, with a massive 81% of 137 responders saying ‘no’ to legislation.
Some of our other discussions have focussed on cardiac screening, pre-game hyper-hydration, ‘home or away’ care for athletes, and pre-participation evaluation. Other posts have highlighted sporting events such as the Women’s Football World Cup, Wimbledon Tennis, Le Tour de France, Boxing, Ice Hockey, Rodeo, and the Olympic preparation events in the UK, with associated information signposted relating to particular injuries in different sports. We’ve also mentioned e-learning apps for anatomy, the Ovid Sports Concussion Webinar, Ramadan and the 2012 Olympics, Abuse and Bullying in Sport and several other topics along the way.
We hope that you’re enjoying the ride. In the meantime, don’t be shy – come and share your thoughts with us on the blog. It’s not too late to add your contributions to any of our posts so far, and we’d love to hear from you. The more discussion we have, the more we’ll learn from each other. This blog belongs to all of us.
CJSM would like to know what issues you would like to see discussed on the blog. Let us know, and we’ll do our best to highlight your preferred topics of discussion related to Sport and Exercise Medicine.

About Chris Hughes
Associate Editor, Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine

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