It takes a village: wrapping up 2017 at CJSM

2017 — it’s a ‘wrap’ Photo: Marco Verch, Wikimedia

The end of the year, with its holidays of giving (e.g. Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and more), is a special time of reflection.

As the CJSM Associate Editor responsible for our emerging media (blogs like this, our Twitter and Facebook feeds, our podcasts) I am grateful for the community that supports these endeavors.

This group of contributors is far too large for me to mention in an exhaustive list.  But a non-random, representative sample might include:

It takes a village, as they say — and in CJSM’s case, it truly is a global village.  This worldwide community creates one of the premier sports journals in existence, one that offers one of the richest platforms for the publication of new, original research.

And it’s because of this village that I can report CJSM just received an early holiday present: this blog has been named in the top 60 sports medicine blogs (#8 to be precise) of 2017.

Joy to the world!

Thanks to all the readers of the journal and this blog, the authors and reviewers, the editors and the innumerable other members of the community with which we engage on social media.

Happy Holidays, and see you in 2018 for our first edition of the New Year.

Whatever happened to PE?


With my friend Dr. Avery Faigenbaum — who most definitely keeps the physical in physical education.

Like many of us, I wear several hats.  My ‘day job’:  sports medicine specialist.  I also, however, have other work that consumes a great deal of time and energy and brings with it a great deal of joy and fulfillment.  I speak of my……’moonlighting job’?  My ‘real job’?

I speak of fatherhood.

I am a father to twins, thirteen years old, which turns out to be a great side gig to work as a pediatric sports medicine specialist.  My day to day interactions with my son and daughter are great preparation for my interactions in the clinic.  The skills I develop in my two ‘jobs’ complement each other.

As a father, I am reminded frequently of the differences between the schooling I enjoyed and the education my children are receiving. One of the striking differences is in the area of  non-academic offerings.   Read more of this post

Dr. Jason Mihalik guests on ‘5 questions with CJSM’: concussions and apps

We’re already seeing an uptick in our concussion clinics now that the football (both ‘American Football’ and soccer) seasons have begun.  It promises to be a busy few months.

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Dr. Mihalik and colleagues with their
pre-participation ‘sports drinks’

How fortunate my colleagues and I were, then, to have a special guest visit us a couple weeks ago:  Jason P. Mihalik, Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina and Co-Director of the Mathew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center.  

I first became aware of Dr. Mihalik from the work he has done regarding what is generally considered the most user-friendly layperson’s app for recognizing a concussion on the field of play.  The app, known as “Concussion Recognition and Response App,” can be downloaded to both iPhone and Android systems, has a version specifically designed for coaches and parents; it is designed to assist the layperson in recognizing when a concussion may have occurred.  Dr. Mihalik himself talks about the app in this YouTube video.

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From Left to Right:
Drs. Mihalik, Pommering, and Patrick,
on ‘Pediacast’

Dr. Mihalik ripped through his 24 hours with us with little time to breathe as he dispensed his wisdom concerning sports-related concussions, one of the hottest topics in the world of clinical sports medicine.  The highlights included the taping of a podcast; a lecture to the research staff and faculty; and the requisite beers and lounge experience in an informal setting.

I had to breakaway to cover a FINA open-water swimming event.  In lieu of attending the lecture Dr. Mihalik gave at our hospital, I tracked him down for a quick Q & A session.

—————Five Questions for Dr. Mihalik————–

1) CJSM: What do you think accounts for the dramatic rise in incidence of sports related concussions over the last decade? is it just a matter of recognition bias, or is something more going on?

Dr. Mihalik:  Research has shown a steady increase in the incidence of concussion across many sports. There is always an issue with incidence rates since precisely identifying the denominator (exposure) is always tricky at best. Notwithstanding, I believe this rise can be attributed to the increased hypersensitivity of this injury. More people know about concussions, which I feel biases recognition in more recent publications that highlight increases in concussion rates. I don’t think we should sensationalize these findings to suggest that concussion is now a problem when, in the past, it may not have been. Concussion has always been there, but we are now educating parents, coaches, and athletes to recognize the signs & symptoms. Read more of this post

There’s an App for that 3.0

The summer solstice (winter for my friends in the antipodes) occurred yesterday, and the languor of that season is upon us.  Not to mention it’s the weekend!

I will brief this morning.

If you haven’t had a chance to see our recent posts about apps for clinical use in sports medicine, I’d encourage you to check out ‘versions’ 1.0 and 2.0 and let me know what you think on twitter @cjsmonline or in the comments section of this post.  Or check some older posts on patient education apps here and here.

And I wanted to encourage readers to take the CJSM polls, available on this blog or on the main journal web page.

We’ve reformatted the main journal web page so that the poll is on the upper right in a viewer’s field of vision.  The current poll will also start appearing on this blog page.  I am eager to get more feedback on clinical sports medicine issues from the readership.  I plan over time to use the polls at times to ‘push’ the content we might discuss on this page:  that is, polls can help determine what are some of the most interesting, maybe even controversial, topics to talk about in sports medicine.

I also am eager to use the polls to highlight the powerful, original research that is published every other month in CJSM.

So…..before you climb into your hammock, or hunker down by the fireplace if you’re in NZ, click one of the radio buttons above.  Thanks as ever for participating and reading, and we’ll see you in the blogosphere next week.

6/26/13 update:

And did you know there are proper ways to cite social media (e.g. twitter posts, blog posts, etc.) in medical journals?  iMedical apps told me so!

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