The September CJSM

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September brings with it sideline football duties…. and the new edition of CJSM to share on social media

Our year at the journal is punctuated with unique excitement when we publish a new edition of the journal, six times per annum.

There are literally months and months of prep work; ranging from the entire peer review process to the meticulous proof-reading and manuscript editing done by the hard-working CJSM staff to the staging of each edition:  what studies will we publish this month, what is our page limit, will we run a case report on-line this month, are we publishing a consensus statement, etc.?

Months and months of work reaching a crescendo of activity:  Is this what giving birth is like?  (Wait, my wife may actually answer that while she puts me in an arm bar. Sorry, the question was merely rhetorical!).

After all that group work–resulting in the ‘birth,’ if you will, of the new journal–I start kicking into another gear as the Emerging Media Editor…trying to share the new content through the various social media spheres (blog, podcast, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) CJSM occupies.

Our most recent offering–the September 2014 CJSM–is a particularly fine edition, and I’m proud to be sharing this with you on these different media channels.  It leads off with an editorial on the effect of the Ramadan fast on the risk of sports injuries written by Roy Shephard of the University of Toronoto.

Dr. Shephard notes the importance of understanding the effect of the 29 day fast as he notes “…..that a growing proportion of participants in both national and international athletic competitions are Muslims…..”  He then goes on to provide an elegant and concise review of what is known about the issue.  Among the articles he includes is a 2013 study by Eirale et al., “Does Ramadan Affect the Risk of Injury in Professional Football?”  This study was profiled in this very blog last year.  I encourage you to click to the primary study and to my post to learn more about what Drs. Eirale and company discovered about the differential effect of the Ramadan fast on Muslim and non-Muslim athletes in Qatar.

May I commend to you, as a relevant aside, the work that Dr. Eirale has published in CJSM.  I certainly have found it illuminating; his case report on a frontal bone fracture in a soccer player is another bit of his work that I have used for a chapter I was writing for an upcoming text:  I just discussed this same report in a recent blog post.

Thanks Dr. Eirale, for all the clinically relevant sports medicine research you are doing!

Over the months of September and October I plan to review in more detail a few of the articles in this new edition of CJSM.  And then, as November approaches, the push will begin….to organize the sixth and final issue of 2014….and to experience another surge of excitement!

I’ll close with a reminder to take the poll at our previous post on shoulder dislocations.  Do you have a preferred method for reducing an anterior shoulder dislocation?  If so, head to the poll and let us know which technique you prefer.  We’d love to hear from you.

See you on line!

 

Ramadan

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The Crescent Moon rising at sunset, marking the start of the month of Ramadan

The month of Ramadan begins tomorrow, July 9, and lasts until August 7.  As many of this blog’s readers will know, observant Muslims will fast from dawn until sunset:  no food, no liquids…..no sports drinks or power bars.  The questions of ‘carb loading’ or ‘gluten free’, (‘should i drink some chocolate milk after my workout?‘) can all be put on the table until the evening.  The diet is one of pure abstinence, morning until night.

Muslim athletes are not unique in observing a fast: Catholic Christians will consume much less than usual if observing the prescribed tenets of Lent on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and Jewish athletes will go a full 24 hours consuming nothing on Yom Kippur: friends have told me they will be loath to brush their teeth or even shower, lest anything whatsoever pass into their mouths on that, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

And, of course, there are athletes who experiment with fasts, juices and cleanses that have nothing to do with religious observance (I’ve tried the “Master Cleanse” myself once).

What may be unique, however, to Islam  is the duration of the practice:  a full 30 days, where an observant Muslim will forego all food and drink from dawn (Sahur) to dusk (Iftar).

I admire the discipline the act of fasting requires.  As a sports medicine clinician, I have often wondered how athletes observing such fasts might be impacted.  Of course, I am  not alone in this, as the subject of the Ramadan fast and its effect on athletes was, for instance, a subject of considerable interest in the 2012 London Olympics, which took place during Ramadan.  The effects of Ramadan on sports performance have even been discussed in this blog in a 2011 post.  And now  the most recent issue of the CJSM, which rolls out today, highlights a study looking at this very practice of fasting and its impact on footballers:  “Does Ramadan Affect the Risk of Injury in Professional Football.” Read more of this post

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