Berlin 2016: The 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport

20161027_120311The 4th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport is one of CJSM’s published pieces that gets referenced frequently. Reflecting work that took place at a conference in Zurich in 2012, it was time to have an update on the issue of sports-related concussions.  As many of you know, the 5th consensus conference just took place in Berlin.  I was sorry I could not attend, and I look forward to the publications that will emerge from this meeting.

Today’s blog post is both about the Berlin conference and the power of social media.  I have written about social media and its import in the world of contemporary sports medicine.  I have celebrated the ability of media such as Twitter to bring people from different parts of the globe together, essentially obliterating barriers of distance and time.  I have lectured frequently on the ability of social media to translate findings from research into clinical practice.

Today’s blog post is proof of that power.

CJSM is delighted to have today guest author Osman Ahmed, a lecturer in physiotherapy at Bournemouth University in the UK, a practicing sports physiotherapist for the Football Association, and a leader in the use of social media in our profession. He attended and presented a poster at the Berlin conference. I first ‘met’ Dr. Ahmed on Twitter, and we’ve begun a deepening collaboration drawing on our mutual research interests.  We continue to interact on Twitter and Google Drive, but I have yet to shake his hand! [there are some issues social media can’t resolve on its own…..yet]

Some day, I look forward to meeting Osman in person.  In the mean time, I hit him up to share with the CJSM readership his impressions from the consensus conference.   Thanks so much for taking the time, Osman.


Impressions of a concussion consensus conference from a newbie: Berlin 2016  — Osman Ahmed


The largest chandelier in the whole of Germany is present in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Few in the sports medicine community would argue that a consensus meeting has been as eagerly anticipated as the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin this October. Since the last consensus meeting in Zurich in 2012, there has been an ever-increasing focus on sports concussion in the mainstream press [1], the scientific literature [2], and also in popular culture [3]. Given the magnitude of this conference, the impressive Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Potzdamer Platz was a fitting setting.

With so much attention on concussion in sport, there was plenty for the organising committee to work towards ahead of the conference. Read more of this post

CJSM Podcast 8: A Conversation with South Africa’s Jon Patricios

Our newest podcast guests jsm-podcast-bg-1Jon Patricios, M.D., the current president of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) and the 2015 Travelling Fellow of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

Dr Patricios is currently Director of the Morningside Sports Medicine Unit and a sports physician at The Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Johannesburg. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (UK), and the International Sports Medicine Federation.

Dr. Patricios has been a team physician to school, club, provincial and international sports teams in rugby, cricket, soccer, athletics and basketball.  He is a member of the Cricket South Africa and SA Rugby medical committees and the Rockies Comrades Marathon Panel of experts. He is chief medical officer for the MTN Qhubeka cycling team and the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club; founder and Director of Sports Concussion South Africa; sports concussion consultant to World Rugby; and serves on tribunals for the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport.

jon p at work

Dr. Jon Patricios, President of the South African Sports Medicine Association

He has authored a case report on thoracic outlet syndrome in CJSM and is someone I have collaborated with on a talk focused on the use of social media by sports medicine clinicians, given in Orlando, Florida  at the 2014 meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Jon Patricios, Speaking at ACSM 2014 on Social Media for Sports Medicine Clinicians

Somehow, among these many duties, he found the time to sit down for a chat, which you will find here in the podcast.  Thanks Jon, and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon in Hollywood, Florida at #AMSSM15 !

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The CJSM blog, and more. Much more.


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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