Part 2 — How SARS-CoV-2 is transforming sports medicine

Drs. Jim Miller (ready for work), Phatho Zondi (on her mountain bike, dressed for COVID), and Andy Peterson (rocking the ESPN sportscaster look)

This is the second in a series of special podcasts CJSM is publishing.  We have been catching up with sports medicine clinicians from around the globe and chatting with them about the myriad ways the COVID19 pandemic is changing the professional and personal landscapes they inhabit.

I hope you were able to listen to part 1 of the series, in which we interviewed CJSM editors Chris Hughes of the UK and Hamish Osborne of NZ.

Today, we get the chance to circle to other parts of our world, beginning with South Africa, where we catch up with Phathokuhle Zondi MBChB, MSc, MBA, the CEO of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa and the Past-President of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA).  Then we head to the United States, where we interview physicians Jim Miller in Virginia and Andy Peterson in Iowa.  Dr. Miller is a busy sports and family medicine physician who is heavily involved in the care of swimming athletes, working with both USA Swimming and FINA.  Dr. Peterson is a pediatrician who is both Team Physician for the University of Iowa and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

The stories they share make for a compelling podcast.  I hope you enjoy listening to these stories as much as I did when interviewing these guests.

COVID and sports medicine is a novel subject–a relationship, really, which is bound to change over the next months and years, as we begin to better understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus and as sports begin to open up.  There will surely be more podcasts coming investigating what we are yet to discover.

Head to iTunes to subscribe to the CJSM podcast or to our journal website, where you can also find all 42 of our podcasts to date. Enjoy!

How the SARS-CoV-2 Virus is Transforming Sports Medicine

You may be one of our loyal readers in the UK about to begin a three-day bank holiday, or one of our USA readers about to enjoy your own long weekend celebrating Memorial Day.

Or you may be one of our many readers in other spots of the globe going into a ‘regular’ weekend, but what does any of this mean anymore?  Two day weekend, three day weekend?  Might we not even have work to go back to, and who is traveling anywhere these days?

In the COVID era time itself seems to have changed, and it’s that broad, transforming effect caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, happening to us all, that we explore in a pair of new CJSM podcasts.

In the first episode of this ‘COVID themed’ series, we talk with two editors of CJSM — our Editor-in-Chief Christopher Hughes MBBS, Msc and Associate Editor Hamish Osborne MBChB, MMedSci.

Dr. Hughes lives and practices sports medicine in the United Kingdom, and Dr. Osborne does the same in New Zealand.  They both wear several ‘hats,’ ranging from the professional (head team physician, academic, clinician) to the personal (spouse and parent).  Both share their unique perspectives on how their lives, and their nations’ lives, have been transformed in these few months we have all been dealing with this novel virus.

I invite you to visit our podcasts on iTunes or at our journal website — this weekend, download and listen to these interviews with two physicians on opposite sides of the globe.  And keep your eyes posted for the next podcast, our 42nd, coming in rapid order. We’ll get a chance to ask other doctors in other parts of the globe about their lives.

Stay healthy!

A Conversation with Dr. Louise Tulloh, ACSEP President

Dr. Louise Tulloh, current president of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)

Today’s podcast guest is a physician I have been ‘after’ for a few months, and I am delighted I finally caught up with her to have a chat.

Dr. Louise Tulloh is a sports physician in Sydney Australia and she is in the midst of serving her two-year term as President of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).  We were planning to talk shortly after IOC Injury Prevention Monaco when COVID took over the world, and we have both just managed to get our heads above water to arrange a conversation.

And so one recent morning my time (evening hers) we had our chat, and I want to share it with you in this podcast.

We covered the intense trajectory Australian sport has taken over the last six months, from the bush fires to COVID. We got to review the ACSEP conference that took place in Canberra, at the end of February, one of the last sports medicine conferences to take place in 2020 before COVID upended the calendar.

The ACSEP is an international leader in sports medicine, and Dr. Tulloh was also able to share some of the extraordinary work the college is continuing in this new COVID era:

  • The on-line ACSEP Sport and Exercise Medicine Academy, a new and comprehensive curriculum that covers the gamut in our field.  It includes both free content (ECG modules, concussion) and for-fee content that can be accessed by anyone worldwide.
  • The ACSEP social media feeds, which include @ACSEP_ and @ACSEPpresident where the college is leading the charge in addressing current issues such as the maintenance of physical activity during a time of social distancing and home lockdowns. If you don’t follow those feeds, you simply must.  The ACSEP puts the ‘exercise’ into ‘sport and exercise’ medicine, for sure.

Take the time now to check out this newest podcast in our lineup of 40 (and growing) podcasts to be found on our journal website and on iTunes.

Thank you Dr. Tulloh for your time and leadership, and thank you ACSEP for the model you set for SEM colleges and societies around the world.

Family Physicians with Sports Medicine Certification — the CJSM Podcast

SARS-CoV-2 continues to impact personal and professional lives across the planet and will do so for the foreseeable future.  Among all the uncertainty, this much we know.

As I have talked to colleagues around the globe, many share with me that with sports shuttered, practice volumes are down and for some that means a bit more time in their schedules to do ‘other’ things. This may include working on neglected manuscripts or grant applications, tidying up their medical practice website, or for many:  juggling working from home with care for children who now have had their schools shuttered and are on-line learning from home.

If you have a bit more free time, then now is the perfect time to become acquainted with CJSM’s library of podcasts, which can be found on the journal website and on iTunes.

A scene familiar to us all in this COVID era — group video conference call with (R to L) Lars Peterson, Rachel Cox, yours truly

Our newest podcast concerns a study published in the May 2020 edition of CJSM:  Practice Patterns of Family Physicians with and without Sports Medicine Certification.

In the podcast, we talk with Dr. Lars Peterson and Ms. Rachel Cox. Lars Peterson MD, PhD is Vice-President of Research for the American Board of Family Medicine, and Rachel Cox is a second year medical student at the University of Kentucky.  They are, respectively, the senior and first author of the study.

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