67 e-Letters

published between 2010 and 2013

  • Response to: Is the lack of physical activity strategy for children complicit mass child neglect?
    Susan Farrell

    A rather short response to the editorial: I initially saw the " pullava" surrounding this on a TV website. I agree wholeheartedly with the authors; the current situation is un-sustainable Generations of the future will be obese, T2 diabetes will be the norm and goodness knows what cancers will prevail. Not only lack of exercise is child neglect but so too overfeeding your child ( particularly with foods of low nutritional...

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  • Olympic athletes lose to poor dental health
    C. Albert Yeung

    Oral health can have a negative impact on athletic performance but this study [1] shows that Olympians did not ensure their teeth were kept in good condition. Nearly half (46.5%) of the athletes reported not attending a check-up or hygiene visit within 12 months of the Games and 8.7% reported never receiving such care.

    The Commonwealth Games is one of the world's largest multi-sport events and is also held ever...

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  • Letter to the editor Judo, the way of mutual welfare and benefits
    Emerson Franchini

    I would like to congratulate Dr. Nikos Malliaropoulos for the initiative to organize a Judo and Martial Arts issue in this prestigious journal1, a topic with increased number of publications in the last decades.2 However, despite the broad range of topics suggested in the initial call for papers1, only four papers (including the editorial) about judo/martial arts were published, which can be an indicative that the high -l...

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  • Concussion in Sport and hypopituitarism
    Joanna Lane

    There is a growing body of research highlighting that "sports-related repetitive TBI has a cumulative effect on the development of pituitary dysfunction." [1]

    The Consensus Statement of 2008 did not allude to post-traumatic hypopituitarism (PTHP), but it is an important and treatable complication of concussion which every GP and A&E department should be alert for, for the following reasons:

    - PTHP,...

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  • Wear helmets but do not trust one from a rental shop.
    David K Talbot

    First let me say I fully support the need to wear helmets for snowsports however the authors appear not to understand the ski rental market where a helmet would be expected to last several months in the hands of people with no interest in looking after it or that ski helmets are designed to part destruct on impact, be that in a crash or being dropped and kicked around the boot room. Rental outlets will tend to carry onl...

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  • Anabolic Androgenic Steroids Stimulate DHEA in the same Mechanism as Testosterone
    James M. Howard

    It is my hypothesis that mammalian evolution occurred because of selection for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). ("Hormones in Mammalian Evolution," Rivista di Biologia / Biology Forum 2001; 94: 177-184). Subsequently, I deduced that human evolution is a consequence of selection for testosterone within mammals which produced primates; further selection produced humans. ("Androgens in Human Evolution. A New Explanation of Hu...

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  • Reducing sitting time in the workplace
    Khawer Ayoub

    Chau and colleagues(1) add further insights to the discussion about sitting time and health risks. As they discuss, a possible explanation for the weaker associations with occupational sitting demonstrated in their study may be the relatively short follow-up time compared to other studies. Indeed, epidemiological associations between occupational physical activity and heart disease go as far back as the 1950s, when it wa...

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  • Sickle cell anemia in oman
    Dr Edwin Dias

    The frequency of sickle cell trait was 7.5%, sickle cell disease 0.46% in Oman(1).In my experience of sickle cell disease in Oman there were frequent vaso-occlusive crisis requiring hospitalization ,few cases of frequent blood transfusion requirement acute chest syndrome avascular necrosis of bone and rarely cerebro-vascular events associated with sickle cell disease. Severe infections needing hospitalisation were also s...

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  • More education needed
    Kerry J Lang

    I was very interested to read the article on suicide, sport and medicine and agree that more attention should be paid to the psychological wellfare of athletes. I am a doctor, albeit not a psychiatrist, and have also been part of the British triathlon team since 2005. On several occasions I have been acutely aware of depression in an athlete which has gone apparently undetected. In one particular case a female athlete wa...

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  • How hip pads can reduce upper limbs injuries ?
    Louis Douls

    Dear authors,

    After I read your abstract, I don't understand how you can write than hip pads can reduce distal radial fracture and glenohumeral dislocation ? I can understand there is a statiscal relationship, but for me it's an error to say that hip pads affect upper limb injuries. Please, can you explain to me how you found these results and this conclusion mainly.

    Thank you,

    Louis Douls.

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