The new issue, and the new podcast

jsm-podcast-bg-1March is here and spring is not far behind in the Northern Hemisphere [and for our ACSEP friends and others Down Under, the beauty of autumn is yours to enjoy].

The beginning of this new month marks as well the publication of our second volume of CJSM of 2016.  It has a host of interesting articles, including the headliner position statement from the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)* on the place of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in sport and exercise medicine.   I was in Australia recently, attending the annual ACSEP meeting, and I got the chance to chat with the lead author of that paper, Hamish Osborne.


Dr. Hamish Osborne

Dr. Osborne is a member of ACSEP; a sports medicine consulting physician practicing in Dunedin, New Zealand; and a senior lecturer in sport and exercise medicine at Otago University.  A man of many hats, we caught him in between events at Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland (site of the ACSEP meeting) and captured his thoughts on mesenchymal stem cell therapy.

And so, along with the release of the new CJSM volume, and the new ACSEP statement, we have the release of our first podcast of the year.

You can find the podcast on iTunes or on the CJSM home page — take a listen and tell us what you think!

*Of note: the Australasian College just underwent a name change, adding “exercise” into their title (i.e. ‘Australasian College of Sport Physicians (ACSP)’ to ‘Australian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)’)  Cheers to that!!!

Systematic Review Competition


Surfer’s Paradise: The venue for this year’s ACSP conference — it really is paradise.

As the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP) has kicked off, I have been reflecting on the relationship CJSM has with that  organization, as well as the relationship we have with our other affiliated societies: our founding society [Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (CASEM)], the American Osteopathic Academy for Sports Medicine, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). We are so happy to work with this collection of inspiring and influential societies, taking care of athletes and active people around the globe.

One of the current initiatives we have launched to engage members of these societies (especially those in training, the residents, fellows, and registrars of the different organizations) is a 2016 Systematic Reviews competition.

In our January issue, our Executive Editor Chris Hughes announced this competition: ‘We are excited to announce our new Systematic Reviews competition which will run until the end of this year. Authors are invited to submit their systematic reviews on relevant sports medicine topics to CJSM. The authors of the winning systematic review will receive a cash prize of US$1500, and will see their work published in the Journal. Those of you who submit high-quality reviews but who do not quite make the prize will also see their work published in the Journal, so there is a great incentive for everyone to submit your reviews.”

For full instructions, click here.

And for more that’s coming from the 2016 ACSP conference, be sure to follow us on twitter @cjsmonline

Live from Australia–Coming Soon!

acsp prep

Getting my gear ready for the ACSP 2016 Conference

I’m busily preparing for my journey to Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Australia, where the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP) will have its Annual Scientific Conference 12 February – 16 February.  I’ve been anticipating this conference for some time, in large part for the unique opportunity it presents to connect face-to-face with valued members of one of our affiliated societies, the ACSP.

The Australian and New Zealand sport medicine communities typically punch well above their weight, making a profound impact on the international scene.  Witness one of our more recent–and already well-read, studies, published ‘on-line first’:  the ACSP Position Statement on Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cell Therapies in Sport and Exercise Medicine.   The lead author of this paper is Hamish Osborne of the University of Otago; Dr. Osborne is also one of the CJSM Associate Editors, and so I get to catch up with him a couple of times a year via phone conferencing….and if I’m lucky, I see him for an Editorial Board dinner once every couple of years (last time was in Quebec, at the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) meeting held jointly with FIMS).  Dr. Osborne and I already have planned to sit down and record a podcast focused on the stem cell paper, and so look for that to come out in early March — a few short weeks from now!

Also recently published on line first on the CJSM web site is an article on DHEA treatment of female athletes with adrenal insufficiency by Australian David Handelsman and New Zealand’s eminent David Gerrard–I’m hoping to see these gentleman in Surfer’s Paradise!

Dr. Osborne, I see,  is on the panel of speakers for the ACSP conference, as are a host of other great speakers.  I see Roald Bahr, Jill Cook and past president of the ACSM Steven Blair all on the lineup.  I look forward to their talks.  And I look forward to our Editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes, delivering a web broadcast from across the globe on “How to get Published,” a session he will reprise live on a visit to the USA to attend the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) annual conference in April.  As some of you may know, Dr. Hughes is very busy these days with both his Editorial work and his head team physician work for Chelsea F.C.  It’s hard for him to disengage in the middle of the season–so he’s staying back in London while delivering his web talk while I….well, let’s just say when I’m not speaking or engaged in the conference, I’ll be enjoying the beer, sun and surf of Australia for him.  Cheers Chris!

My talk will be focused on youth sport, with an American perspective.  I plan to post that talk on this blog post after I have given it, and I will most certainly be blogging and tweeting from Down Under.  See you back here on these pages, and on social media, soon–now I’m off to my 18+ hour flight.


Shedding light on the dark

It’s January and winter has at last arrived in North America. It officially started several weeks ago, but it took a while to really get going.  After a balmy December (for most of the country, anyway), the first month of 2016 has given us, as expected, single digit temperatures and snow:  the Minnesota vs. Seattle playoff game earlier this month was the third coldest NFL game in history. This month is also giving us the shortest days of our year north of the equator.

ACSP 2016

ACSP meeting coming up — Come to Surfers’ Paradise if you can!

[sidebar and shout out to our colleagues in the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP)–I am so looking forward to the warmth and long, sunny days of Surfers’ Paradise, in a mere 4 weeks!!!]

But the days are lengthening, and the sun will get stronger each day, of course. And metaphorically, at least, I can find light in this darkness by sitting down with this month’s edition of CJSM.  You can, too.

Yes, ‘shedding light in the dark,’ that’s the image I hold as I enjoy this privilege of being one of a group of editors managing one of sports medicine’s premier journals.  The on-going process of scientific investigation continues to expose the dark corners of our knowledge base, and journals like ours–disseminating this knowledge via print, internet, and other media vehicles–help practicing sports medicine clinicians bring the latest evidence-based research to the sidelines, training rooms and clinics.

In truth, I recently wrote about being ‘in the dark’ (literally and figuratively) as I watched the movie ‘Concussion’ and reflected on how much we still lack in our understanding of this clinical entity, in almost all aspects:  diagnosis, management, treatment, prognosis.  I am reading now with pleasure three pieces of original research about concussion just in our January issue, bringing their light to bear on the issue:

And as I have begun to prepare my talk for the upcoming ACSP conference (“School sports and youth injury: the promise and the peril”), I find myself leaning heavily on research published in CJSM. To wit: Read more of this post

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