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Watch and learn: educational videos at your finger tips
  1. Babette M Pluim
  1. Correspondence to Dr Babette M Pluim, Academic Center of Evidence based Sports medicine (ACES), Amsterdam Collaboration for Health and Safety in Sports (ACHSS), Meibergdreef 9, Amsterdam 1105 AZ, The Netherlands; bpluim{at}

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BJSM education offers clinicians three categories of free videos: (1) physical examination; (2) exercise prescription and (3) IOC education.

Physical examination videos

These are very helpful for learners as well as for teachers. When information is presented using visual and auditory input, working memory absorbs more information than when only one of these senses is used.1 Presenting medical education in this way allows the student to organise the information in a structured fashion and greatly assists him or her to incorporate it into long-term memory. The BJSM physical examination videos provide a systematic framework for the student to learn how to conduct a thorough physical examination—an essential tool for every sports physician. The videos are short, so you can focus on one test at a time (eg, Lachman's test). And you can conveniently watch a video several times over. The proof is in the pudding—they have been viewed over 4.5 million times on YouTube already!

A number of internationally renowned clinicians have contributed to the physical examination videos.

Dr Mark Hutchinson teaches you the physical examination of the knee, the shoulder, and the hip and groin. View one video at a time or watch the whole series by clicking on the play list. Dr Mark Hutchinson’s Knee, Shoulder and Hip/Groin Exam is a combined project involving the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), and the Norwegian University of Sport Sciences, Oslo. The project is a teaching initiative of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM), Vancouver.

From Duke University, Dr Michael Reiman focuses closely on the physical examination of the hip joint. The author has undertaken a systematic review and meta-analysis of the diagnostic accuracy of all the current clinical tests involving the hip, and produced an evidence-based method of examination.2 He also provides additional information on the physical examination of individuals with hip dysfunction and injury.3 If you like an evidence-based approach, read the wonderful book by Dr Chad Cook and Dr Eric Hegedus4 (figure 1).

Figure 1

Orthopedic physical examination tests: an evidence-based approach.

Dr Roger Hawkes, and wrist and hand surgeon Doug Campbell, have combined to produce a 15 min video that guides you through the examination of the wrist. Their combined experience with golfers and other professional athletes ensures that you learn all you need to know about examining the wrist.5

Exercise prescription videos

The ‘BJSM-approved’ exercise prescription videos provide evidence-based programmes for you to use. There are countless exercise videos on the web but only a tiny number are based on scientific evidence. In line with BJSM's commitment to the highest levels of knowledge translation, these videos provide an archive of exercises that are supported by quality trials.

The first video shows basic exercises for older adults and explains the importance of resistance training for this group. It is a collaboration between researchers at the UBC's Department of Physical Therapy, the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, the CHHM and the Brain Research Centre at Vancouver Coastal Health, and the video is based on their research.6

The second study presents a series of injury prevention exercises for the shoulder and has been produced by the International Swimming Federation (FINA).

IOC education videos

Each of the IOC educational videos focuses on a specific topic.

Healthy body image: women, young and old, who take part in regular sport, will profit from the many health benefits of physical activity. However, there is scientific evidence that, under certain circumstances, sport can have a negative influence on the body image of some female athletes (eg, the female athlete triad). In response to this potentially damaging health risk, the IOC has developed the ‘Hungry for Gold’ videos which enable you to:

  • Learn about healthy eating and exercise habits;

  • Understand the importance of a healthy body image;

  • Find out how to prevent the development of the female athlete triad.

Sexual harassment and abuse in sport: harassment and abuse (physical and mental) occur in all sports and at all levels of competition. The physical and psychological consequences of harassment and abuse are significant for the athlete and severely damage the integrity of sport. Evidence shows that the abused athlete suffers more injuries and illnesses, and has an increased risk of drop-out. The IOC recognises the risks of sexual harassment and abuse in sport, and has developed an educational tool that uses the experience of a number of fictional characters.

And remember—BJSM is very happy to provide a repository to host your contributions. We welcome new videos from clinicians and member associations, so that we can expand our library of videos.


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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.