Musings Post Sports Medicine New Zealand 2018 Conference

Dr. Hamish Osborne (standing, far left) at Pan Pacific Masters Games

Our Associate Editor Hamish Osborne MB ChB FACSP is a member of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).  CJSM relies on Dr. Osborne for a lot!  He has been a lead author on important studies CJSM has published, been a guest on our podcast series, and plays an invaluable role keeping the journal and its readers abreast of sport medicine developments in New Zealand and Australia.

We asked him to share his thoughts about the recent Sports Medicine New Zealand Conference that took place at the end of October.  He would have filed this report sooner, we’re sure, except for the fact he had to jet off right after the conference to participate in the Pan Pacific Masters Games which just wrapped.

So, we share with you our ever-intrepid editor, physician, athlete and Tweeter, Dr. Hamish Osborne:

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So I’m sitting @DunedinAirport in the @FlyAirNZ lounge on my way to the Gold Coast for the @PanPacMasters Games to put into action some of the swim skills @Karlynswim Pipes taught me in Kona a few weeks ago at the @IRONMANtri Sports Medicine Conference. My wife Jules Osborne, who coaches @HPSportNZ Allied health medical staff in motivational interviewing, is already there playing basketball with @ACSEP_ CEO Kate SImkovic (@hoover22). Hoove is great on the rebounds hence the handle. They are 2/2 so far so keep going team.

This morning I got to use what we learned at last week’s @Sportsmednz Conference. It has been a challenge for several years counselling young athletes with fresh ACL tears – you know the stuff – only 60% actually return to pivoting sport and the operation is no better than no operation just we don’t know how to decide whether you should have an operation – the consultation all goes well and they come back next time saying their coach/friend/sister/dog walker had an ACL recon and so they want one. Well – I had never heard of Prof Lynn Snyder-Mackler @doclsmack or her work. A decade of worldwide literature shows the return to sport rates after ACLR are not much better than the chance of predicting a US election* really no matter what sport, what level or country it’s from. Lynn’s research is more than 10% better than that AND she has published it. Not only does she have a pre op pathway that improves outcomes, she has a post op pathway that smashes everyone else’s results and makes us look like amateurs. I got to use it this morning and I must say it made for a much better consultation than what I used pre conference. #Loveaconferencethatchangesmypractice!!

It was also great to see my Canadian friend Dr Alan Vernec again.  I met him for the first time (but felt like I knew him from Prof David Gerrard talking about him) at Mt Tremblant @CASEMACMSE Conference in 2017. What a debate we had with him, David ( who is chair @wada_ama TUE Committee), A/Prof @LynleyAnderson  (author @ACSEP_ code of conduct) and Dr Peter Burt who is doing his PhD on the ethically challenging situations sports docs end up in @Otago University.

So back to my preparations; I stopped cramming my fitness Monday and tapered this morning. I’m rehydrating on a small glass of world famous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and they just called my flight.

Hope to see you all #DownUnder in New Zealand next year. You have a great choice – the ACSEP_ conference is in Queenstown in February 2019 and the next Sports Medicine New Zealand Conference is in Dunedin 1-2 November 2019 to coincide with the 150th Anniversary Celebrations  of Otago University

Swim fast, advise well, don’t dope and vote!

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Thank you Dr. Osborne.  Regarding several of the important points you brought up:

  1. Definitely circle the ACSEP conference on your calendars for 8 -10 February 2019 in Queenstown!
  2. Dr. Lynne-Sackler’s work on post-ACL injury rehab (for conservative or surgical treatment) is among the programs evaluated in this review of ACL Rehab Programs.
  3. * And regarding this point:  the quoted ‘odds’ of the Democrats’ winning the 2016 USA election were 85%, those facing an NFL goal-kicker kicking from the 37-yard line. Did anyone else watch Mason Crosby’s cringe-worthy kicking performance a few weeks ago?  As a Packers’ fan, I, for one, will never again take a 37 yard field goal for granted (or, for that matter, put much stock in election predictions!).

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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