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Welcome to the Swedish theme issue: putting exercise into sports medicine
  1. Richard Frobell1,
  2. Mats Börjesson2
  1. 1Department of Orthopedics, Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  2. 2Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard Frobell, Department of Orthopedics, Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Lund 22185, Sweden; Richard.frobell{at}

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This theme issue celebrates the collaboration between BJSM and the Swedish Society of Exercise and Sports Medicine (SFAIM). From this issue onwards, SFAIM members will gain full access to BJSM through a link on our website (; SFAIM will also reach out to a wide audience using the BJSM blog and podcasts. As the chairman of SFAIM, I am proud to be guest editing this issue, together with Richard Frobell, where we present some of the ongoing work of Swedish Exercise and Sports Medicine.

SFAIM: a proud tradition

SFAIM was formed in 1952; it was affiliated with the Swedish Society of Medicine and the Fédération Internationale de Médecine du Sport (FIMS) within its inaugural year. From the beginning, physiology and traumatology featured prominently in the Society, illustrated by the topics from the first scientific meetings in 1952: ‘Ligament Injury of the Knee in Sports’, ‘Tennis Elbow’, ‘Eye Injuries in Ice hockey’ and ‘Knockout in Boxing’. In 1953, ‘The Athlete's Heart’ was discussed, followed by ‘Testing methods for Physical Performance’ and ‘Achilles Tendon Ruptures’. Interestingly, these topics are still highly relevant and appear in 2013 Sports Medicine conference programmes!

Has nothing changed, then? Indeed, it has. Our society as well as the overall health panorama have changed markedly in the past 60 years. Today, a top health challenge is the increasing frequency of lifestyle related diseases, and their consequences. Medical care, including new and more effective medications, the reduction …

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