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The following electronic only articles are published in conjunction with this issue of BJSM

Sequential avulsion of the anterior inferior iliac spine in an adolescent long jumper

C Yildiz, Y Yildiz, M T Ozdemir, et al

We present here an unusual case of a sequential avulsion fracture of the anterior inferior iliac spine (AIIS), occurring first in the right and then the left AIIS, during long jump attempts. The case of a 17 year old boy with pain around his right groin, which first occurred during a long jump attempt, is presented. Radiographic examination revealed an avulsion fracture of the right AIIS. After conservative treatment, full athletic activity was allowed 2 months after the injury. However, 4 months later the patient returned with a similar pain in the opposite side of his groin. Radiographs revealed another fracture of the left AIIS. The boy underwent the same treatment protocol; he was examined with isokinetic dynamometry. No complication or re-injury occurred during the 2 year follow up period. In the present study, we introduce the first case of a sequential bilateral AIIS avulsion fracture caused by a long jump.

(Br J Sports Med 2005;39:e31)

Ventricular septal defect in a world class runner

A Boraita, J Esteve-Lanao, M Pérez, et al

We report the case of an elite male, East African endurance runner (18 years old) who ranked in the top 15 in the World Cross Country Championships (sub 21 year old category) despite having a ventricular septal defect (VSD; width: 0.22 cm) that was diagnosed 2 weeks after this event with echocardiographic evaluation. This athlete was a moderate altitude native (∼3000 m). Cardiac dimensions were within normal limits and no significant pathological signs were observed. His Vo2max was relatively low given his performance level (67.9 ml kg−1 min−1). Despite his limited training background (only 1 year), his running economy was, however, better than the values reported in our laboratory for Caucasian runners of the same age. Further cardiological follow up might confirm that the VSD causes no pathological effects or any performance detriment in future years.

(Br J Sports Med 2005;39:e32)

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