Sports Medicine in Australasia


With USA’s Steven Blair and NZ’s Brendan O’Neil–cheers from ACSP 20016

As many of this blog’s readers know, I’ve been in Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland attending the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP) annual conference.  It has been a memorable experience. Today, Valentine’s Day, is the second day of the conference proceedings.

The sessions have been educational; the chance to learn from people like Steve Blair and Roald Bahr has been special.  The opportunity to meet authors of CJSM (e.g. Australia’s Katherine Rae) and other editor’s of our journal (Steve Reid and Hamish Osborne) has been unrivaled:  the value of CJSM’s contributors from Australia and New Zealand is inversely related to their distance from our publisher’s headquarters (in Philadelphia, United States). And finally, the chance to make new friends, including one of the conference’s principal organizers Brendan O’Neill of Sports New Zealand….well, let’s just say that’s my favorite part of these conferences.


Sunrise, Surfer’s Paradise Photo: Kit Yoon

And I haven’t begun to mention the wonder of spending time on the beach when back home snow is on the ground and the temperatures are sub-zero.

It was just a little less than a year ago that Brendan invited me to give a keynote talk on an issue of pediatric sports medicine.  For those of you who are at ACSP and want to review a slide, or those of you in other parts of the world that couldn’t make it to Queensland, I want to share my talk with you all. Think of it as my Valentine’s Day gift to you!!!!



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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