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Sports medicine in Wonderland? Keep on running
  1. Rhijn JA Visser1,
  2. Johannes L Tol2
  1. 1Department of Sports Medicine, Elkerliek Hospital, Helmond, The Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Sports Medicine, The Hague Medical Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr JL Tol, Department of Sports Medicine, The Hague Medical Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands; hanstol{at}

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“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you'd generally get to somewhere else – if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing” “A slow sort of (lower land) country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

Twice as fast

This fairy tale excerpt from Lewis Carroll (1865) adeptly describes the current position of sports medicine in The Netherlands, and probably worldwide.1 2 For political and financial reasons, we need to run twice as fast to achieve our goals. Kinetic chain adepts would probably beg to differ, but doubling your speed seems to be easy and doable: just move your legs forward twice as fast! Increased speed will eventually grant recognised specialists status of sports medicine and, at the same time, this will be a tremendous stimulus for grant-funded research projects.2

We are proud as members of The Netherlands Association of Sports Medicine to see our speed increase significantly through our affiliation with BJSM. You are all kindly invited on our seventh annual congress to celebrate this milestone. The congress will take place at the Efteling, the largest fairy tale theme park in The Netherlands. This park is renowned for its fantasy forest and with over four million visitors each year, it …

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