Systematic Review Competition

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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

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.

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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

The CJSM Blog: 2015 in review

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The sun sets on 2015– photo, Kit Yoon

It’s hard to believe 2015 is wrapping up–as I write, it’s already New Year’s Eve in places like Australia and New Zealand, where members of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians [the ‘ACSP,’ one of our affiliated societies] live.

This time of year is one of reflection and thanks.  As I look back on 2015, it is remarkable, I think, to reflect on the many high points this journal enjoyed in its 25th year. The year began with the highly anticipated position statement on musculoskeletal ultrasound, authored by members of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine [‘AMSSM,’ another one of our affiliated societies].   Mid-year we published a statement that made a huge splash in the research world and the wider, lay media:  the Statement from the proceedings of the 3rd International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Conference.   And we wrapped things up with a controversial study looking at the limitations inherent in screening for sudden-cardiac death in young athletes.

Through it all, we’ve enjoyed our interactions with you, our readers.  Whether on our iPad app, the website, our blog posts and podcasts, or our Twitter feed, we have spent a remarkable year with you.

Thank you.  May you have a wonderful New Year’s, and may 2016 be a professionally fulfilling year for you all.  We look forward to advancing the science of clinical sports medicine with you all.  And before the clock ticks down the final seconds of 2015, we welcome you to see our annual CJSM blog report, below.

Cheers!  See you in 2016!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Time Flies

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This man would love Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Australia: Site of ACSP February 2016

Is Christmas really almost here?

Have my high school football players really finished their seasons, and now wrestlers and basketball players are taking their places in my clinics?

Two months ago I was posting from the South African Sports Medicine Association’s meeting in Johannesburg (SASMA2015), and it feels like yesterday.

And that means that two months from now is…..tomorrow?

Two months from now I might be…..surfing???

I am excited that early in 2016 [in precisely two months] I will have the chance to attend the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP) annual meeting in Surfer’s Paradise.  I am honored to speak on the topic of youth sports, and will join colleagues such as Roald Bahr, Steven Blair, and more from 12 February to 16 February on the ‘Gold Coast’ of Queensland.

This is a special opportunity to join up with a special group of sports medicine clinicians. ACSP is one of CJSM’s affiliated societies.  With most of our Editorial Board in North America and the UK, we typically have an easier time visiting our other affiliated societies such as the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

So, in 2016, we’ll have at least two of our Editorial Board on site at ACSP, as I will join Hamish Osborne.  Last year, Dr. Osborne–our Dunedin, New Zealand-based Associate Editor– filed a couple of posts live from 2015 ACSP. This year, I’ll share the duties with him!

The Australians and the Kiwis punch above their weight in the worlds of sports and sport medicine.  I think that statement must come as no surprise to readers of this blog.  I’ve had the opportunity on several occasions to write about important contributions the folks Down Under are making in the sports medicine research world.  If you haven’t previously had the chance, listen to our podcast conversation with Alex Donaldson on ‘Footy First,’ an injury prevention intervention for Aussie Rules football. Or read the recent guest post authored by Sheree Bekker of The Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP).

So…..two months.  That will fly by!!!  I won’t have any chance to practice any surfing in landlocked Ohio, but I’ll soon enough have to get cracking on developing that talk!

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