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So you're a rocket scientist. That doesn't impress me much. Unless of course you can help me live longer, feel better, and look younger. We do not have all the answers, but we can certainly add a few extra years to some bits. Your bones, for example. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know the importance of preventing falls and hip fractures in older people nor do you need modern technology to run an exercise programme (p 7). Resistance training helps improve muscular strength and bone density (p 18) and Tai Chi can help balance, flexibility, and fitness (p 29). Looking younger is a little more difficult.

So you think you're quite fit. That doesn't impress me much. But if you want to throw further, jump higher, or run faster, the laboratory may be able to help. We can test your fitness by measuring lactate levels (p 35), and assess muscle isokinetic strength and mobility (p 39). But, take care you don't overdo it. Our knowledge of overtraining isincomplete (p 67) and sport can affect one's perception of mental health (p 4). Measuring your thoughts—that's a different journal.

We hope you will be impressed, however, with some of the changes to the journal and our plans for the future. Our new expanded editorial board reflects the success of the journal internationally and our intention to collaborate with some of the brightest and most exciting world leaders in our discipline. You will find two new educational initiatives in this issue. The correct management of a cardiac emergency in sport was highlighted by some recent adverse publicity and we invited the Scottish Royal Colleges group, who pioneered the cardiac care section in their Diploma examination, to write a series of short articles (p 69). We are also conscious of the developing critical mass of researchers, and publish the first of a series on research methodology (p 59). New researchers are the future contributors to the journal and this is for you.

But, now the discordant note. Deliberate foul play (p 65).

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