How the SARS-CoV-2 Virus is Transforming Sports Medicine

You may be one of our loyal readers in the UK about to begin a three-day bank holiday, or one of our USA readers about to enjoy your own long weekend celebrating Memorial Day.

Or you may be one of our many readers in other spots of the globe going into a ‘regular’ weekend, but what does any of this mean anymore?  Two day weekend, three day weekend?  Might we not even have work to go back to, and who is traveling anywhere these days?

In the COVID era time itself seems to have changed, and it’s that broad, transforming effect caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, happening to us all, that we explore in a pair of new CJSM podcasts.

In the first episode of this ‘COVID themed’ series, we talk with two editors of CJSM — our Editor-in-Chief Christopher Hughes MBBS, Msc and Associate Editor Hamish Osborne MBChB, MMedSci.

Dr. Hughes lives and practices sports medicine in the United Kingdom, and Dr. Osborne does the same in New Zealand.  They both wear several ‘hats,’ ranging from the professional (head team physician, academic, clinician) to the personal (spouse and parent).  Both share their unique perspectives on how their lives, and their nations’ lives, have been transformed in these few months we have all been dealing with this novel virus.

I invite you to visit our podcasts on iTunes or at our journal website — this weekend, download and listen to these interviews with two physicians on opposite sides of the globe.  And keep your eyes posted for the next podcast, our 42nd, coming in rapid order. We’ll get a chance to ask other doctors in other parts of the globe about their lives.

Stay healthy!

A Conversation with Dr. Louise Tulloh, ACSEP President

Dr. Louise Tulloh, current president of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)

Today’s podcast guest is a physician I have been ‘after’ for a few months, and I am delighted I finally caught up with her to have a chat.

Dr. Louise Tulloh is a sports physician in Sydney Australia and she is in the midst of serving her two-year term as President of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP).  We were planning to talk shortly after IOC Injury Prevention Monaco when COVID took over the world, and we have both just managed to get our heads above water to arrange a conversation.

And so one recent morning my time (evening hers) we had our chat, and I want to share it with you in this podcast.

We covered the intense trajectory Australian sport has taken over the last six months, from the bush fires to COVID. We got to review the ACSEP conference that took place in Canberra, at the end of February, one of the last sports medicine conferences to take place in 2020 before COVID upended the calendar.

The ACSEP is an international leader in sports medicine, and Dr. Tulloh was also able to share some of the extraordinary work the college is continuing in this new COVID era:

  • The on-line ACSEP Sport and Exercise Medicine Academy, a new and comprehensive curriculum that covers the gamut in our field.  It includes both free content (ECG modules, concussion) and for-fee content that can be accessed by anyone worldwide.
  • The ACSEP social media feeds, which include @ACSEP_ and @ACSEPpresident where the college is leading the charge in addressing current issues such as the maintenance of physical activity during a time of social distancing and home lockdowns. If you don’t follow those feeds, you simply must.  The ACSEP puts the ‘exercise’ into ‘sport and exercise’ medicine, for sure.

Take the time now to check out this newest podcast in our lineup of 40 (and growing) podcasts to be found on our journal website and on iTunes.

Thank you Dr. Tulloh for your time and leadership, and thank you ACSEP for the model you set for SEM colleges and societies around the world.

No longer from Atlanta, it’s global: AMSSM 2020

In periods of crisis such as this unprecedented time we are all experiencing, there are opportunities for innovation, experimentation…..even revolution.

As was true for so many of our readers, CJSM was looking forward to the annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) to be held in Atlanta April 25th – 29th.  In what should be filed under the “Not Breaking News” category, a novel virus called COVID-19 has spread globally, and in the wake of this pandemic sports and sports medicine has gone dark in a way none of us has ever experienced.  The IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport  re-scheduled to 2021, the AMSSM and after it the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) canceled their 2020 annual conferences, and these represent just a few of the shifts in our world that have occurred since February.

The good news in all of this is that the AMSSM is moving forward with a virtual conference April 25-29th  — just like many of us are working through the kinks of telemedicine as we try to serve our patients in the era of COVID, the AMSSM is putting on the first virtual conference in its history, the details of which can be found here. CJSM has always published the abstracts for the AMSSM proceedings, and we will be making them freely available to all during the period of April 25th – 29th.

Leading this revolution is our Jr. Associate Editor Jason Zaremski, MD, who just so happens to have been THE organizer for the content of AMSSM 2020.  I can tell you he had a simply fantastic program set up for Atlanta, and among the events I am personally grieving this spring I include this:  Dr. Zaremski put an untold amount of time and energy into bringing together what would have been a memorable physical conference.  And he has carried on and is determined to make this virtual experience one we will never forget.

We all should have been giving him a rousing standing ovation in Atlanta as we enjoyed the fruits of this labor.  Members of the sports medicine community in general, and AMSSM specifically (myself included) owe him a huge debt of gratitude, and we should all remember to give him, and the entire programming committee, a shout out when we next meet, face-to-face, at some conference in a post-COVID future.

And now, Dr. Zaremski will share his thoughts about AMSSM 2020, the virtual experience.

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As no doubt nearly all of our readers of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, COVID-19 has impacted our personal and professional lives, as well as the lives of everyone around us. Our daily routines have changed, our job descriptions might have changed, and we are in a new normal at this time. However, it has been humbling to see so many individuals pull together for the greater good in our communities locally, as well as in our regions and countries from around the world. From the perspective of sports medicine clinicians, we are trying to find the right approach of how to best serve our patients, communities, and teams. Furthermore, our responsibilities to continue to teach our next generation of sports medicine providers must continue. With that in mind, the AMSSM Annual Meeting was converted to a free virtual non-CME version of the 2020 AMSSM Annual Meeting over the original dates of the Annual Meeting from April 25-29. Read more of this post

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