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McCrory P. Commotio cordis. Br J Sports Med 2002;36:236–237.

This article has been retracted due to plagiarism of the following material:

Curfman GD. Fatal impact — concussion of the heart. N Engl J Med 1998; 338:1841–43.

Nesbitt AD, Cooper PJ, Kohl P. Rediscovering commotio cordis. Lancet 2001; 357:1195–97.

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