In honour of the Grey Cup
November 30, 2014
The Grey Cup, the ‘Super Bowl’ of the Canadian Football League, is being contested this evening in Vancouver. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats face off against the Calgary Stampeders, and it promises to be an exciting contest.
We are proud of the diverse background of our many contributors to this peer-reviewed journal, who range from academics to clinicians who are ‘in the trenches.’ One of those on the front-lines is David Levy, M.D., the Medical Director for those Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
His piece from the 2012 CJSM, on a ‘risk-tolerance approach’ to assessing athletes undergoing a pre-participation evaluation (PPE), is always worth a read; perhaps never more so than in light of our most recent CJSM piece on advancing the PPE. While you’re at it, catch our podcast conversation with William Roberts, lead author of that new PPE statement.
And then sit down to enjoy the Canadian football action. Good luck to Dr. Levy’s Tiger-Cats, and good luck to their opponents, the Stampeders, as well.
This month’s Editorial in CJSM by Levy and Delaney highlights the issue of the role of the Team Physician in the process of the Preparticipation evaluation.
Team Doctors are often called upon to make a decision about the suitability of an individual for return to play. In this role, the burden of responsibility for the decision making process is likely to lie with the clinician, at least in the first instance, whether or not the team manager and the player decide to follow their advice.
Few would argue that the clinician is best placed to make a definitive ‘medical’ decision on return to play decisions since they are likely to have the most educated opinion about decisions related to the health of the player within the team environment. However, the question of where the responsibility should lie with the ultimate decision made is a contentious one.
In the context of…
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