The November CJSM and the PPE

Halloween, El Dia de los Muertos….Guy Fawkes Day!  We end October and roll into November in an exciting way in North America and across the Atlantic…..all the more so here at CJSM, where November 1 marks the publication of our sixth and last issue of the calendar year.  Our crew–ranging from the Editor in Chief in London to our Managing Editor in Canada–can, perhaps, take a few days break and indulge in the candies, dulces, or bonfires, as the case may be.  And the rest of us can enjoy the treat of the new journal.   We have a great issue in store, and I plan on profiling over the next month several of the published studies here in the blog.  The headliner has to be the in-depth view on the athletic preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE):

Advancing the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation:  An ACSM and FIMS Joint Consensus Statement.

Check it out:  it’s free even without a subscription to the journal, for the time being.

I am working on the podcast production phase of an interview I had with the lead author, William Roberts, M.D.;  the final product promises to be a lot of fun and will be broadcast soon. One of the subjects Dr. Roberts and I touched on in that talk was the potential value of the electronic evaluation, or ‘e-PPE.’  To whet your appetite for what is to come, why don’t you take the poll at the top of this post, and let us know if you use an e-PPE in your practice (in Ohio, where I practice, we just started using them with high school athletes this spring).  Then, click on the link above to the study itself.

Stay tuned for the podcast, and be sure to check out the entire new issue.  November is here, and with it the promise of good things in the journal and on the blog.

More from Orlando


Poster session ACSM 2014, Jimmy Onate and Darin Padua show that OSU and UNC can get along!

With ACSM 2014 winding down, I’m already in a reflective mood.

I have three of the four talks I am giving behind me; my resident’s research talk and my own poster presentation are also in the rear-view mirror.  Tomorrow I have the day to enjoy the conference purely as an attendee, and then Saturday I have one more talk to give, with my friend Jon Patricios:   “Social Media for Sports Medicine Clinicians:  R U Ready 2 Go Viral?”

@cjsmonline has been spreading the news on twitter, but the CJSM social media feeds are not the only ones giving the #ACSMAnnualMtg hashtag  a workout:  take a look at these twitter analytics for the meeting courtesy of Symplur.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the conference so far, and my only complaint is that in committing to so many talks, I have found my schedule has made it difficult to attend sessions I would surely have enjoyed.  I missed a symposium on femoroacetabular impingement of the hip given by the Boston Children’s Hospital group this morning, and yesterday I missed a talk from Maria Fiatarone Singh of the University of Sydney….formerly of Boston, which is where I first learned of her seminal work with resistance training in the elderly.

I was pleased to find my poster yesterday next to Jimmy Onate’s.  Jimmy is a Professor at Ohio State, and our lives are so busy I only see him at conferences.  I never cross paths with him in the city where we both live (Columbus, Ohio).  Jimmy (aka @JimmyOnateFPPE) was visited by another ACSM expert in exercise and sport science, Darin Padua (aka @DarinPadua), and it was a pleasure meeting him.  Follow them on twitter, you’ll be happy you did!

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Clockwise from left: Drs. Pierre d’Hemecourt, Michael O’Brien, Peter Kriz, myself, Lyle Micheli, and Andrea Stracciolini

Between talks I got to catch up with the people who made me a sports medicine clinician:  Drs. Lyle Micheli, former president of the ACSM, and Pierre d’Hemecourt, both from Children’s Hospital Boston.  Pierre and I are busy working out the details on a project looking at bracing and spondylolysis, and so I hope to have some data published and ready to share with you some day…via the blog, and if passing peer review muster, via the journal.

There are two more days to go, and there’s plenty of action.  I will be tweeting form the sessions I attend tomorrow, so be sure to stay tuned to twitter and keep an eye on that hashtag: #ACSMAnnualMtg

photo courtesy of reno ravindran

Peter Kriz and I on the podium, at our question and answer session after our talk. (photo: Reno Ravindran)

“Live, From Orlando”

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@cjsmonline has 4500+ followers on twitter; where are YOU on this map? Picutre:

This week I’m going to be busy down in Orlando, Florida, where I will  be working and enjoying the 2014 meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

#ACSM2014 #ACSMAnnualMtg– hashtags that are getting a work out this week!!!

I will be involved in five talks, two of which are accessible on Scribd.  I wanted to make sure that attendees to the talks had access to the content as handouts… go ahead and download them (see below)!  And if you’re in Orlando come to the talks:  the Social Media session with @jonpatricios (Dr. Jon Patricios of S. Africa) will take place on Saturday a.m., and my lecture on patient outcome measures takes place on Thursday afternoon.

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My Final Day at ACSM 2013


Drs. Ackerman and Karlson getting ready to talk about rowing!

Where did the time go?

The last day for the 2013 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Indy has come and gone (unbelievably) and I want  to share with you some of the highlights of the sessions I attended.  It was a busy, fulfilling, and energizing few days of a conference that already has me thinking about future meetings:  AMSSM, CASEM and ACSM 2014 (not to mention heading to an Australian Sports Physicians Meeting some day!)

I attended a rowing medicine session delivered by Drs. Kate Ackerman, Timothy Hosea and Kris Karlson which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Dr. Hosea, a Team Physician for the U.S. National and Olympic Rowing teams, chaired the session, and together the three reveiwed a host  of the most common issues in the scientific and clinical care of this special group of athletes.  Among many new pieces of information I walked away with, they pointed out an excellent review article on the subject from Lisa McDonnell of New Zealand which I would commend to the blog’s readership.  In addition, for anyone interested in this topic who was not able to attend the session, and who is not familiar with our journal’s excellent series of journal club articles, I would point you in the direction of the journal club review from 2011 CJSM authored by Seamus Dalton of Australia which reviews a 1997 study by Hickey et al.

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Drs. Andrew Gregory of Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN and Greg Canty of Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City MO

Next, I attended a session on “Injury Prevention Equipment in Youth Sports” delivered by my friends Andrew Gregory, M.D. and Greg Canty, M.D.  This is a topic of special interest to me, as it not only involves pediatric athletes, my area of medical specialization, but addresses the issues of primary and secondary prevention of injuries.

Dr. Canty discussed the issues of head, mouth and neck gear, with a particular focus on their use in mitigating the rate of concussions in contact and collision sports.  Dr. Gregory focused on a broad overview of protective equipment, and the most important facts I took away from his talk concerned the rare but catastrophic injury, commotio cordis.

This injury cannot be prevented by commercially available chest protectors:  there are no data in any peer-reviewed study that have shown a decrease in the rate of commotio cordis for athletes playing baseball, softball, hockey or lacrosse.  There is, however, evidence in favor of using “safety baseballs,” a softer version of a baseball which meets specifications set by the National Operating Committee on Standard for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).

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