90 e-Letters

published between 2004 and 2007

  • Authors reply Re: It`s just not cricket! ...It's more than a game!!
    Rob Duffield

    Dear Dr Maher

    Thank-you for the letter and interest in the research on compression garments we recently published in BJSM (and apologies for the delayed response – conference and holiday time!). Further, we appreciate the comments and required clarification of the specificity of the research design in relation to cricket. As with the English system, in Australia cricket matches are also conducted over both sing...

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  • It`s just not cricket!
    David P Mather

    Dear Sir,

    Cricket is a unique game characterized by bursts of variable intensity at unpredictable times. As a retired First-Class cricketer of six years experience, I was drawn towards this article [1]; exploring the benefits the introduction of full-body compression garments might offer cricketers who have to deal with the physiological challenges presented.

    The particular choice of running test and...

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  • Re: Comment on age determination in adolescent male football players: It does not work!
    Jiri Dvorak

    Yes, it does work Prof. Malina

    We thank Prof. Malina for his interest in our paper. In most sports, the performance of adolescent athletes is determined by their physical maturity and thus related to age. In order to guarantee equal chances for different age groups, age-related tournaments for male and female players have been established in football. However, due to the fact that registration at birth is not co...

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  • Royal Navy Heat Illness Clinic
    Daniel G Roiz de Sa

    Dear Editor

    We wish to congratulate Professor Hopkins on his article [1] discussing the link between malignant hyperthermia and exertional heat illness.

    In his commentary on the article Frank Wappler raises the suggestion that it would be desirable to develop guidelines for investigating patients with exertional heat illness, and we would like to highlight to the readership that such guidelines have...

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  • Does heat contribute to the exercise-induced production of HSPs in human skeletal muscle?
    James P Morton

    Dear Editor

    Ogura et al. [1] demonstrated that microwave hyperthermia treatment increases HSP27, HSP72 and HSP90 content of human skeletal muscle. We have also employed a passive heating protocol entailing submersion of one limb (to the level of the gluteal fold) in warm water maintained at approximately 45°C [2]. Our protocol induced an increase in muscle temperature to 39.5°C and we failed to observe any increas...

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  • Knowledge transfer gone too far?
    Cathy L Zanker

    Dear Editor

    I felt my heart sink as I read this paper. I’m not quite sure why, but perhaps my response reflected my concern that science and in particular, exercise science, is at risk of making a fool of itself? It is increasingly evident that there is a plethora of unorthodox diet and/or physical activity interventions emerging in conjunction with the global 'threat' of an obesity epidemic.

    The notion...

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  • Practical Issues for the Reformation
    Jeffrey A. Russell

    Prof. McCrory was precisely on target in recommending a proactive reformation in sport and exercise medicine (SEM). He started by outlining Martin Luther’s seminal declaration of 1517. The analogy is insightful. I cannot disagree with any of Prof. McCrory’s major points, though I must highlight some more practical issues concerning access to quality SEM care.

    I am an American completing my PhD in the UK in the...

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  • Are the effects of stretch sustained? (Authors reply)
    Joshua Burns

    Dear editor,

    Thank you for your interest in our systematic review. In response to your question, we did describe the duration between stretching and measurement for each trial in Table 1, column 4. We reported measurements ranging from ‘immediately’ to 72 hours post-stretch. One of the trials (Peres et al., 2002) measured ankle range of motion after six days of rest from stretching and reported an effect size o...

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  • The scientific impact of sports medicine.
    Giuseppe Lippi

    We have read with interest the editorial of Editor Paul McCrory on “The reformation of sports medicine”,[1] which recently appeared in this journal. Among the valuable considerations, it was highlighted that sport and exercise medicine specialists will also need to understand the scientific process and be capable of performing research in an effective manner, a process that goes through the acquisition of research skills...

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  • Natriuretic peptides testing in athletes.
    Giuseppe Lippi

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the article of D'Andrea et al. on the usefulness of Doppler myocardial imaging (DMI) and strain rate imaging (SRI) for the early identification and monitoring of athletes with drug-induced cardiac involvement, especially in those experimenting long-term misuse of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) [1]. The chronic misuse of AAS in athletes, especially bodybuilders and power lifter...

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