Risk Factors for Injury in Elite Youth Ice Hockey

I had planned today on writing a sequel to my weekend post on spondylolysis, and I will definitely do so later this week.  But I have hockey on my mind this morning.

Our local team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, fought valiantly this shortened NHL season, and came within a whisker of the playoffs.  The team I grew up with, the Detroit Red Wings, have moved on to the Conference semi-finals, and so if I have any skin left in the game, it is with the Wings.

But I was captivated last night, as I’m sure some of the blog’s readership was, with an extraordinary Game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins which brought to mind Jim McKay’s famous line from the “Wide World of Sports”:  “the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.

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Patrice Bergeron scored the goals at end of regulation and in OT to send Bruins to victory

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The Maple Leafs: deflated at the end of a heartbreaking game.

Somehow, the Maple Leafs went from leading 4-1 to losing 5-4 in overtime, as the Bruins, playing at home in Boston, achieved one of the more memorable comebacks in NHL playoff history.

As this was happening, my Twitter feed exploded with #bruins and #leafs posts, as two cities were collectively either shouting with joy or gnashing their teeth.  If you’ve never ‘watched’ a sporting event via Twitter, I commend the experience to you: it’s a bit like tapping into the collective consciousness of whatever group your following. Read more of this post

AMSSM 2013 Conference in San Diego

The American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is having its annual meeting in beautiful San Diego, California this year beginning April 17.  We’re less than a week away and very excited for what promises to be a great conference.

As the new editor for the CJSM blog, I am looking forward to meeting new people and seeing old faces, from the Executive Editor of CJSM (and former blog editor) Chris Hughes (a new friend) to people like William Meehan, one of the recipients of this year’s AMSSM Young Investigator Grants and an old and dear friend. Read more of this post

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