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In a 2018 editorial, the challenges of bridging the gap between current practice and evidence in sports medicine were highlighted.1 Establishing and perpetuating evidence-based practice is the responsibility of individuals across all disciplines within sports medicine. Clinician–scientists are an important bridge between research and clinical practice because they have a foot in both worlds. Clinicians understand questions that are faced in daily clinical practice and are ideally situated to develop and undertake clinically relevant research.2 There are several key barriers to clinician engagement in research, but Esculier et al 1 argue that a model with more clinician–scientists would avoid clinicians criticising researchers for the lack of clinical applicability of their research and researchers criticising clinicians for not using the latest evidence in their practice. A call to action by the authors included recommendations for greater involvement of clinicians in research design, completion and dissemination; funding clinicians’ research contributions; creating combined clinic and research positions and facilitating organic collaboration between clinicians and scientists through smart working space design.1
Most clinicians learn through private unaccredited courses, rather than from scientific journals or postgraduate university courses.3 While clinicians may strive to enhance their clinical skills through courses, few courses prioritise critical appraisal skills, integration of best evidence into practice and contribution to research through collaboration with researchers. Lander et …
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Contributors CE and CN contributed equally to the writing of the paper.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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