A peek into the future of sports medicine: the digital revolution has entered our pitch
- 1Department of Public and Occupational Health, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 2Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway
- 3Aspetar, Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar
- Correspondence to Dr Evert Verhagen, Department of Public and Occupational Health, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, Van der Boechorststraat 7, Amsterdam 1081 BT, The Netherlands;
- Accepted 26 October 2013
- Published Online First 22 November 2013
The current wide-scale availability of the internet and connected mobile devices is revolutionising healthcare. Patients and practitioners have unprecedented access to health information; they communicate with each more than ever before. It seems as if new technology is appearing daily and with it comes the promise of greater (cost) efficiency and quality of medical practise.1 The sports medicine community is currently buzzing about ‘eHealth’, which may be defined as the practise of medicine supported by electronic processes and communication. The newest buzzword is ‘mHealth’, referring to eHealth driven by the use of mobile devices, not limited to smartphones. Indeed, we are seeing an increased use of readily available technologies such as SMS messaging, social media platforms, apps and online questionnaires in both clinical and research settings.
Executing on the promise: patients entering their own data!
Grindem et al2 illustrate how online technologies can aid clinical practice. Specifically they monitored return-to-sport after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury; one of the clinical ‘success’ measures of postinjury rehabilitation. Current methods that register sports activity after ACL injury are usually restricted to knee-demanding sports alone to limit the time-burden for patients and to ensure valid data collection. Participation …