eLetters

116 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Exercise challenge testing of elite winter athletes for exercise-induced asthma
    Martin R Lindley

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the article published in BJSM by Dickinson et al (February 2006) (1) on challenge methods for screening elite winter athletes for exercise induced asthma (EIA). We are in agreement with the commentary by Professor Rundell that this is a solid and clear paper reaffirming the efficacy of eucapnic voluntary hyperventilation (EVH) in diagnosing EIA. However, we believe that...

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  • Answer to letter by Prof. G Lippi
    Paola Brancaccio

    Dear Editor,

    We are pleased that our Leader has engendered interest, thank Prof Lippi and his colleagues for their letter, and are grateful to the Journal for the opportunity to reply. We fully agree with their ideas: using normative data from non-athletic population may well result in over- investigation and unnecessary worries for athletes. This is why we believe that serum concentrations of the enzymes in quest...

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  • Mixed martial arts not all bad
    Gregory H. Bledsoe

    Dear Editor,

    I read with interest the article written by Dr. G.J. Buse entitled, No holds barred sport fighting: a 10 year review of mixed martial arts competition published in the 6 February 2006 edition of your journal. As a researcher focused on injury prevention, I have recently been part of a research group reviewing data from both mixed martial arts competitions and professional boxing and enjoyed reading...

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  • Identification and implementation of specific reference limits for athletes’ monitoring.
    Giuseppe Lippi

    Dear Editor,

    We were very interested by the article of Brancaccio and Collegues (1), which concluded that biochemical monitoring of athletes, including measurement of serum creatine kinase (CK) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activities, might be helpful to reveal the state of the muscle and its biochemical adaptation to the physical workload. This is a valuable consideration, and both CK and LDH monitoring in...

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  • Health benefits of high-intensities aerobic training.
    Giuseppe Lippi

    Dear Editor,

    The influence of a regular physical exercise on health and fitness is well-established, as physically active subjects are characterized by a consistently decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, fractures and mental health problems. Accordingly, the current guidelines recommend 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity activity on most days of the week, and tha...

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  • Patellofemoral pain sydrome and Achilles tendinopathy
    N Fusun Toraman

    Dear Editor,

    This study emphasizes use of personal experience rather than the scientific evidence in medical treatment of patellofemoral pain sydrome (PFMS) and Achilles tendinopathy (AT). Being a physiatrist working in this field, I feel that we need to look at observations of these practitioners more carefully. The authors suggested the following four factors not using scientific evidence for the management of P...

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