eLetters

30 e-Letters

published between 2000 and 2003

  • Authors' Reply: chiropractic spinal manipulation for back pain
    E Ernst

    Dear Editor

    McCarthy, Byfield [1] and Breen [2] make a number of comments which require a brief reply. I wrote the article on this specific subject because I was invited to do so by the British Journal of Sports Medicine. All three correspondents seem to oppose my "long track record" of writing about adverse effects of spinal manipulation. I do this simply because it is my job. I try to apply the rules of science to al...

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  • Observations concerning chiropractic spinal manipulation for back pain a reply
    Peter W. McCarthy

    Dear Editor

    We found the leader by Professor Ernst (Br J Sports Med 2003;37:195-196) to be rather disjointed, out of date and potentially misleading. This is particularly evident in the initial paragraph. The author begins by generally addressing sports medicine clinicians, including those who are trained in mobilisation and manipulation, namely osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors and a...

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  • The "war" on chiropractors
    Alan C Breen

    Dear Editor

    The Ernst and Sran commentary [1] about 'chiropractic manipulation' is not consistent with the majority of systematic reviews, nor national guidelines. It is, however, highly consistent with the previous and prolific writings of the first author himself on this topic. Surely, the significance of this pattern is an obvious one, and the suggestion that if anyone else but a chiropractor performs a ma...

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  • Response to: Endurance in young athletes: it can be trained
    Ralph Beneke

    Dear Editor

    With regard to the Leader by ADG Baxter-Jones and N Maffulli [1] we would like to extend our appreciation to the authors for their interest in this never ending “hot debate”.

    The authors clearly point out difficulties and potential pitfalls of exercise testing, exercise prescription and the interpretation of acute responses and of the chronic adaptation to exercise training during growth and ma...

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  • Cardiovascular preparticipation screening
    Fabio Pigozzi

    Dear Editor

    The presence of false positive ECGs is without doubt a limit to the diagnostic capability of this investigation in the contest of cardiovascular screening of athletes. These abnormal ECG appearances result mainly from the morphological adaptations of the heart to training and to the actual sport practised. For example, endurance athletes show a higher rate of ECG abnormalities than athletes practising ‘tec...

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  • Cardiovascular screening of athletes: a unique opportunity for an epidemiological experiment
    Roy J. Shephard

    Dear Editor

    The Italian requirement that all professional and amateur athletes obtain medical certification of their ability to participate in their chosen sport dates from 1950.[1] In 1971 and 1982 this mandate was reinforced by specific legislation of the Italian Ministry of Health, covering both competitive and non-competitive participants.[2] Consequently, large numbers of symptom-free and ostensibly health...

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  • Pseudo science
    Ralf Milke

    Dear Editor

    Does BJSM even use its review process? Being a runner and running trainer and scientist, I am embarrased about this article.[1] The news *running is unhealthy* quickly went the round. Here in Germany it already was in TV text, in several online newspapers (with headlines like 'Run into Osteoporosis'), and has reached internet discussion boards. It will supposedly appear in printed matter starting tomorro...

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  • Is athlete bone loss due to excess hormone 1,25-D?
    Trevor G Marshall

    Dear Editor

    We cannot help but note the correlation between the results of this study of female athletes, and the study conducted on male long distance runners in Denmark [1]. We propose that sunshine might be the common factor driving the observed bone loss in these two, apparent...

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  • Head injuries in Ice Hockey-no prevention?
    Julian Kennedy

    Dear Editor

    The helmets worn in ice hockey - what is their specification and composition? They look like canoeing-type and very thin plastic, if so, it is no wonder head injuries continue. The players need padded helmets more like motorcycle crash helmets to withstand the knocks with a layer of polystyrene or other shock absorbing material.

  • New Electronic Manuscript Tracking System
    Roderick Duncan

    Dear Editor

    I enjoyed reviewing for this journal very much and can only hope that more journals will use a similar electronic system.
    Having waited over 16 weeks to hear from a different journal, I think that the electronic system provides an excellent service to the authors.

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