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McCrory P. The “piriformis syndrome”—myth or reality? Br J Sports Med 2001;35:209–210.

This article has been retracted due to duplicate (or redundant) publication.

The work was assessed by BMJ’s Research Integrity team and in conjunction with the British Journal of Sports Medicine. We judge that the work is not meaningfully different in genre, content or intended audience from previously published material by the same author. It was published without clear or appropriate attribution to the previous sources. In our judgement this constitutes duplicate (or redundant) publication of the following

McCrory P, Bell S. Nerve entrapment syndromes as a cause of pain in the hip, groin and buttock. Sports Med 1999;27:261–74. doi: 10.2165/00007256-199927040-00005

We would like to acknowledge the preliminary work of Nick Brown in investigating publications by Dr Paul McCrory and thank him for bringing these concerns to our attention.

During 2021 and 2022 there was an investigation by British Journal of Sports Medicine and BMJ which found that some of McCrory’s work was the product of publication misconduct. British Journal of Sports Medicine published a summary of the investigation.1


1. Macdonald H, Ragavooloo S, Abbasi K, et al. Update on the investigation into the publication record of former BJSM editor-in-chief Paul McCrory Br J Sports Med doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2022-106408