Year’s End


Reflections (Wells Cathedral)

We are all heading toward the finish line of 2014, and what a year it has been.

I’ll be in something of a reflective mood, I think, over these next several weeks, and I suspect my blog posts will, well, ‘reflect’ that state of mind….I hope to highlight some of this year’s developments in the sports medicine world, especially those that CJSM has contributed to.

The world of media is continuously expanding, and many of us now get our clinical sports medicine information from a multitude of sources besides print.  You may follow us on Twitter as well as get these blog posts delivered to your email inbox, for instance.

One of the exciting innovations we began this year at the journal was the “CJSM podcast,” which you can subscribe to on iTunes.  Our first podcast was with Drs. Oliver Leslie and Neil Craton, and concerned their critique of the Zurich Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, which appeared in CJSM’s March 2014 issue.  The conversation regarding the consensus statement and the controversial critique has literally continued this entire year.  In our November 2014 issue, closing out this calendar year, there are a host of ‘Letters to the Editor’ addressing this issue:  these include  one written by the past-president of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), Pierre Fremont, as well as the reply made by Drs. Leslie and Craton to the various responses they received regarding their piece.

Other podcasts have addressed a variety of issues, including the concussion controversy at the 2014 FIFA World Cup [we had guests Drs. Cindy Chang, former president of the American College of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and Matt Gammons, current AMSSM VP for that podcast] and the impact neuromuscular training programs can have on reducing ACL injury rates in youth soccer players.

I hope you have a chance to listen to all the podcasts, and to peruse all the contents of the November issue before this month ends.  Soon, we’ll be turning the corner into 2015, when we have a lot more in store to advance the cause of clinical sports medicine.  The January issue will be a good one, packed with new research and an important AMSSM consensus statement as well–highlighted, of course, by a podcast!

About sportingjim
I work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio USA, where I am a specialist in pediatric sports medicine. My academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics is through Ohio State University. I am a public health advocate for kids' health and safety. I am also the Deputy Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

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