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The following electronic only articles are published in conjunction with this issue of BJSM (see also page 101 and page 110)

Quadrilateral space syndrome: a case study and review of the literature

W T Hoskins, H P Pollard, A J McDonald

Quadrilateral space syndrome is an uncommon injury. The true prevalence is unknown because of a lack of literature and possible misdiagnosis. Prevalence may increase as knowledge of the syndrome increases. The case is presented of a recreational triathlete who had a spontaneous onset of quadrilateral space syndrome. The diagnosis was made by physical examination and confirmed with magnetic resonance imaging. A conservative, yet aggressive rehabilitation programme resulted in functional improvement within six weeks. Results have been maintained for eight weeks.

(Br J Sports Med 2005;39:e9) http://bjsm.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/39/1/e9

Prevalence of headache in Australian footballers

P McCrory, J Heywood, C Coffey

Objective: To survey the prevalence and risk factors for headache in a population of elite professional Australian footballers.

Methods: A prospective questionnaire based survey was performed on elite Australian footballers participating in a national competition. The survey was designed to assess the prevalence and risk factors for headache using standardised International Headache Society (HIS) criteria. Headache prevalence was compared with that of an age and sex matched community control population.

Results: A total of 160 questionnaires were analysed. Headaches were reported by 80% of subjects, with 49% of respondents reporting headaches during competitive match play and 60% during training. There was no significant difference between the footballers and the community sample in the number of headaches ever; however, they did report more headaches in the three months before the survey—that is, during the competitive playing season. In the footballers, 22% of headaches conformed to the strict IHS definition of migraine headaches. When the relaxed definition of “footballers migraine” was used, 34% of headaches met these criteria. Footballers were at significantly increased risk of footballer’s migraine than community controls.

Conclusions: Headaches are common in Australian footballers, and the prevalence of migraine is increased in relation to community prevalence studies. Furthermore, the strict HIS criteria may not adequately identify the specific subtype of football related headache. This finding has important implications in the management of headache in this setting.

(Br J Sports Med 2005;39:e10) http://bjsm.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/39/1/e10

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