Avery Faigenbaum y Cinco Preguntas con Revista Clinica de Medicina Deportiva

You read that right.

Like the NBA teams that don a Spanish jersey for an evening, at CJSM we are getting our Spanish on.

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Drs. Avery Faigenbaum and
Provincial Senator Cristina diRado
in Mar del Plata, Argentina

Our good friend and contributor to these blog pages and to the journal, Dr. Avery Faigenbaum, has agreed to sit with us for “5 Questions with CJSM.” We have been trying to catch up with him since his trip to Argentina this summer where he was lecturing on Exercise Deficit Disorder (EDD) and working on his own Spanish skills.  I’m know he’s a lot better in that area than I am.

Dr. Faigenbaum is a professor in the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey.  He has written about EDD in youth (“Thinking Outside the Sandbox”) and about the benefits and safety of resistance training in youth.  He has lectured widely:  I’ve heard him speak in various settings in the United States, and he’s set to speak to the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2014 on EDD. Catch him if you can, you’re sure to learn a lot and be entertained as well: his energy is infectious.

And here’s just a taste of what you’re in for if you do get to see him:


Avery Faigenbaum: Five Questions with CJSM

1) CJSM: With the recent award of the 2020 Olympic games to Tokyo, can you comment on any evidence out there that such events stimulate activity in young fans/viewers?  Is there a ‘trickle down’ effect for youth athletics/exercise from events like the Olympics?

AF: Last summer James Bond and the “Queen” opened the Olympic Games in London by jumping out of a helicopter. This was followed shortly thereafter by stellar performances from world class athletes including sprinter Usain Bolt, swimmer Michael Phelps, boxer Nicola Adams, and 23 year old Rosannagh MacLennan who started jumping on the trampoline at the age of seven. But in stark contrast to these remarkable feats of athleticism, physical inactivity among the world’s population is now recognized as a pandemic. Read more of this post

Coming Up: AMSSM San Diego!

Extracurricular options at #AMSSM17 San Diego

In a little more than a week, our affiliated society — the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) — is hosting its annual meeting in San Diego(#AMSSM17).  I must admit this year, more than most, the date has crept up on me! I still have to  advance my preparation for different obligations I will have on the ground once I am in San Diego. I have yet to turn an accepted abstract into a poster — which, as many of you know, CJSM will publish in the May 2017 issue [CJSM has historically published each year’s AMSSM conference research and case abstracts — for an example check out the May 2016 issue here]

At least I’m already registered (if you’re not, you can do as well — just head here).

The conference promises, as it always does, a great lineup of speakers and presentations.  Several names in that lineup will be familiar to readers of our pages.  With just a casual glance I see Jonathan Finnoff, Jon Drezner, Greg Myer, Matt Gammons, Avery Faigenbaum and Andrea Stracciolini.

The AMSSM’s biggest ‘problem’ usually lies in choosing among many good speakers who may be going on stage concurrently!!!  I’ll be making some very difficult choices……

Editors for CJSM, BJSM and Sports Health will be presenting at #AMSSM17

If you are going and starting to fill in your calendars, be sure to highlight Friday May 12, from 0700 – 0745 for “ICL 21 — Research Track: Secrets to Success — Getting Published in Premier Sports Medicine Journals,” a round table with editors from CJSM, BJSM and Sports Health. This was a very well received session at last year’s meeting, and it promises to be bigger and better this year.

In addition to the upcoming annual conference, AMSSM has been on my mind a lot recently.  With the publication of our May issue in a little more than a week, we’ll be releasing a new AMSSM position statement on ‘The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Standards of Excellence.’  We’ll have a podcast interview with the lead author, AMSSM’s Irfan Asif, published concurrently on iTunes when the May issue goes live.

Soon, we’ll be live tweeting on the ground — keep your eyes open on our Twitter feed @CJSMonline for all that’s new with #AMSSM17 in San Diego!

See you there.

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

CJSM Changes


The CJSM Team (L to R): yours truly, Executive Editor Chris Hughes, Publisher Kivmars Bowling

2015 has been a very good year for CJSM.  As we pass the halfway point, I think it is time to sit back and reflect for a brief moment.

We are celebrating our 25th anniversary at CJSM:  yes, 2015 represents our 25th year as a leading sports medicine journal!  We were ‘born’ 25 years ago on January 1 1991. Check out our first issue here.  I must confess, I only recognize the name of one of the authors, and it turns out he is a good friend of mine, and a frequent contributor to the journal and visitor here on the blog.

Dr. Avery Faigenbaum, who knew you were so long in the tooth?  I suspect you had a little less gray hair when you authored ‘Physiologic and symptomatic responses of cardiac patients to resistance exercise?’ Thank you for that submission and thank you for the continued work you have done in your career on the health benefits of resistance exercise.  In my world of pediatric sports medicine, your work has been huge.  I am old enough to remember the old saw that lifting weights as a child would stunt growth or cause physeal injury.  Dr. Faigenbaum’s work here in the pages of CJSM and elsewhere has helped disabuse mainstream thinking of these notions.

But enough about Dr. Faigenbaum and more about CJSM!  🙂

We anticipate some more celebrating as we approach our 25th birthday.  Our Executive Editor and Publisher have some things in the works as we turn the corner toward our next quarter century.  Keep your eyes open for these celebratory flourishes!

We have also begun a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program for selected articles in the journal and have just named an Associate Editor for CME:  Holly Benjamin, M.D.   The Editorial Board is honored to have her join the crew. Dr. Benjamin has played major roles in one of our partner societies, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  With her leadership, we anticipate some exciting CME offerings for readers with upcoming featured studies.

Finally, as I finish my coffee and wrap up these reflections, I am happy to say that our podcast efforts, which began just a year ago, continue to expand and will be a significant part of our overall mission as we head into these next 25 years. The world of media in general, and sports medicine journals in particular, is changing all the time.  Journals, blogs, podcasts, social media, CME, eTOC….on and on it goes.

Who knows how we’ll all be interacting in 25 years?


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