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Interactivity: The Holy Grail
of On-Line Media

The CJSM blog was started by my predecessor and now CJSM Executive Editor, Chris Hughes, in June 2011.  We just passed the ‘century mark’ (this is the 103rd post for the blog) and, on a personal note, I am hitting the ‘half century’ mark:  this is the 50th post I’ve authored since taking over the reins in April of this year.  My first post, just over six months ago, was on the forthcoming 2013 AMSSM conference in San Diego.

Oh, and yes, I hit that half century mark earlier this year, but I hardly find that cause for celebration……

These blog post numbers have put me in a reflective mood, and I thought I might go over some of the ground we have covered and talk a little bit about where we might be going with our various on-line CJSM offerings in the world of Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM).

If you look at the ‘word cloud’ in the right hand panel of the blog site, the largest phrase will be “Concussion in Sport.”  We’ve posted frequently on this topic, justifiably so given the breadth and the public health implications of the issue.  We’ve discussed the use of neuropsychological testing in concussion management in 2011 and more recently again in 2013. I recently reviewed the powerful PBS documentary “League of Denial,” which I think is one of the better produced analyses of the issue in the popular media.  We brought to you the Zurich Consensus statement in the journal earlier this year and discussed it on the blog as well as on YouTube.  Chris explored the issue of repetitive heading and it’s putative link to long-term neurological damage in a 2011 post.  There will be more posts on this topic coming, and the phrase in the word cloud will surely enlarge:  the more we learn about this issue, the more questions there are to answer, and that, of course, drives the sorts of research that will find its way on to the CJSM pages.

Some of the more popular posts have been about such wide-ranging issues as the effect of Ramadan on sports performance; the medical coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon, which riveted the world; and Novak Djokovic’s gluten-free diet:  performance enhancing or not?  If you have an opinion on the matter, go to that link, where you will find a poll along with the blog post.  Such polls are just another of the interactive media we use here at CJSM. Read more of this post

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There’s an App for that 3.0

The summer solstice (winter for my friends in the antipodes) occurred yesterday, and the languor of that season is upon us.  Not to mention it’s the weekend!

I will brief this morning.

If you haven’t had a chance to see our recent posts about apps for clinical use in sports medicine, I’d encourage you to check out ‘versions’ 1.0 and 2.0 and let me know what you think on twitter @cjsmonline or in the comments section of this post.  Or check some older posts on patient education apps here and here.

And I wanted to encourage readers to take the CJSM polls, available on this blog or on the main journal web page.

We’ve reformatted the main journal web page so that the poll is on the upper right in a viewer’s field of vision.  The current poll will also start appearing on this blog page.  I am eager to get more feedback on clinical sports medicine issues from the readership.  I plan over time to use the polls at times to ‘push’ the content we might discuss on this page:  that is, polls can help determine what are some of the most interesting, maybe even controversial, topics to talk about in sports medicine.

I also am eager to use the polls to highlight the powerful, original research that is published every other month in CJSM.

So…..before you climb into your hammock, or hunker down by the fireplace if you’re in NZ, click one of the radio buttons above.  Thanks as ever for participating and reading, and we’ll see you in the blogosphere next week.

6/26/13 update:

And did you know there are proper ways to cite social media (e.g. twitter posts, blog posts, etc.) in medical journals?  iMedical apps told me so!

There’s an App for that 2.0

Picking up where I left off on my last blog post, I wanted to discuss some more of the clinical sports medicine apps I use, with a focus on the apps that have made it on to my smart phone.  As I had mentioned previously, all the apps I discuss are freely available; do not represent an endorsement by CJSM; and are discussed by me without any vested conflict of interest.

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The CJSM iPad app: if you have an iPad, you need this app!

Except for this recommendation!!!  Ironically, the one app that is not on my smart phone, but rather my electronic tablet, is the CJSM journal app.  And yes, I have a vested interest in this, because I’m an Associate Editor of the Journal.  In truth, it is a great resource for accessing the journal contents when on the run.  If you have a tablet, I’d heartily recommend picking up the app here.  Also, get a more in depth appreciation for the app at the CJSM blog post authored by my predecessor (now Executive Editor of the Journal), the illustrious Christopher Hughes, on of the team physicians for Chelsea F.C.

Now, returning to the issue of apps for the smart phone that I use in my clinic, on the sidelines, and in the training room, I need to tell you about my new favorite: Ubersense, a video analysis app primarily produced for coaches, I think, but one I have found invaluable for doing in office gait analysis.  Read more of this post

CJSM on your iPad – New CJSM iPad App

Freely available from the Apple iTunes store, the CJSM iPad app finally allows readers to download and read the journal on the iPad format. The app optimizes the best in digital technology to enhance a print-like reading experience with seamless multimedia integration, easy navigation and more.

Once editions are downloaded, they can be read offline and subsequently stored on your iPad or archived for future downloading should you wish to view in the future.

The iPad version of the journal is written in an intuitive format, and allows readers to read the journal in a similar way as if reading the hard copy using horizontal swipe motion to access different articles, and vertical swipe motion to advance pages within a particular article. In addition, there is a menu access which allows direct access to individual articles or pages within articles, together with a menu bar access at the bottom of the page which appears on tapping the page.

Articles may be favourited and added to your favourites list. Article links can easily be emailed to colleagues by using the mail icon next to the article presentation bar, and corresponding authors can be emailed directly by tapping the underlined email links at the bottom of each article.

Text size is easily adjustable by using the pinch and zoom feature. In addition, there will be more exciting multimedia content including videos, images, and supplements as these become available which will bring your edition of CJSM to life.

Supplemental data will be available by via links to the main CJSM website.

You can currently enjoy limited-time complementary access to download and view journal content using the CJSM iPad app without a sign-in.

The app is available via the link at the iTunes website. Give it a try, and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it.

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