82 e-Letters

published between 2009 and 2012

  • Response to Valerie Bougault, Louis-Philippe Boulet Br J Sports Med 2012;46:402-406
    Harri Hemil

    Bougault and Boulet write that there is a high incidence of viral respiratory infections in elite swimmers, in particular during heavy training programmes. However, Bougault and Boulet do not mention the evidence indicating that vitamin C may protect against respiratory infections of athletes.

    In five placebo-controlled trials with participants under heavy acute physical stress, vitamin C supplementation halved...

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  • Shockwave in MTSS: more questions than answers?
    Bhavesh D. Kumar

    Dear Editor,

    I commend the authors for their efforts in conducting a prospective clinical trial on this therapeutically challenging condition [1]. They developed nice reproducible intervention protocols, and appeared to have access to a good flow of appropriate subjects that could be followed-up relatively easily.

    Reading beyond the abstract, however, there is ample evidence that the headline result...

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  • Sickle Cell Trait: what's a sports laboratory clinician to think?
    Giuseppe Lippi

    I read with interest the editorial of O'Connor et al on screening for the presence of sickle cell trait (SCT) in student athletes (1). Although some aspects are indeed agreeable, such as the need of continued research to strengthen the rationale for either continuing or revoking SCT mandatory testing in student athletes, there is however a drawback in their analysis that must be clearly emphasized. The cost-effectiveness...

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  • Need advice
    Bob Valdez

    I am just a concerned father of a 13 year old girl who has been playing competitive soccer for four years now.At what age do girls become more at risk to acl injuries and can anyone suggest what exercises she can do to minimize the chances of this happening.

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Lifetime injury prevention - needed for all forms of physical activity, not just sport
    Caroline F Finch

    Webborn's [1] articulation of the different injury prevention needs across an athlete' sporting lifetime emphasises that a "one-size-fits all" does not apply for sport safety and that researchers and practitioners will need to be creative in developing solutions to the varying injury problems for different age-groups of athletes. His recognition that addressing these life-course stage injury risks will require the input o...

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  • Gate control pain modulation theory explains the effectiveness of prolotherapy
    Stavros Saripanidis

    Dear Editors,

    The dorsal horns are not merely passive transmission stations but sites at which dynamic activities (inhibition, excitation and modulation) occur. [18]

    Via a series of filters and amplifiers, the nociceptive message is integrated and analysed in the cerebral cortex, with interconnections with various areas. [1]

    The processing of pain takes place in an integrated matrix throughout...

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  • Ski injury research on the pulse of time
    Gerhard Ruedl

    We read with interest the recent article by Sulheim et al. [1] entitled "Risk factors for injuries in alpine skiing, telemark skiing and snowboarding - case-control study". We congratulate these authors for their well conducted study to explore the effects of a number of potential risk factors for injury, including age, gender and ability. However, there are a few points we would like to comment. In general, ski injury r...

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  • Subjective measure of monitoring exercise performance: Borg scale
    Srijit Das

    Subjective measure of monitoring exercise performance: Borg scale VIKRAM MOHAN 1 SRIJIT DAS 2

    1.Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 42300, Puncak Alam,Malaysia 2.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz, 50300 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

    Subjective measure of monitoring exercise performance: Borg scale...

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  • Injury surveillance on young elite athletes participating in the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck/Austria
    Gerhard Ruedl

    Injury surveillance on young elite athletes participating in the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck/Austria

    Gerhard Ruedl (1), Wolfgang Schobersberger (2)

    (1) Department of Sport Science, University Innsbruck/Austria (2) Chief Medical Officer of Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck; Institute for Sports Medicine, Alpine Medicine & Health Tourism Innsbruck/Austria

    Do we really w...

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  • Intracompartmental Pressure Testing - Understanding Our procedures
    Pria Krishnasamy

    Exercise Induced lower leg pain is a common condition with a number of differential diagnoses which commonly overlap, one of which is chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS). Traditionally, CECS is thought to be caused by elevated pressures in a muscular compartment and is commonly diagnosed by measuring elevated intramuscular pressures.

    However, as discussed by Hislop and Batt (2011), there continues to...

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