October 26, 2013
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