eLetters

68 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • 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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  • Comparative Physiology
    Craig Sharp

    Dear Editor

    It was a pleasure to read Paul McRory championing the cause of comparative animal and human physiology, and of his equine example.(1) To the latter he might have added that, because the horse is entirely a nasal breather, attempts were made, from 1800 BC in Egypt to 17th century Europe, to increase its ventilation by slitting the nostrils, paralleling the (equally futile) attempts of modern runners with nas...

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  • Authors reply: Defining a cricket injury
    John Orchard

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Mitchell and Hayen for their criticisms of our consensus definition of cricket injuries. We agree that our “injury” definition is based on maintenance of high level function (i.e., ability to continue playing at elite level) rather than physical tissue damage. We accept that this introduces a certain bias into the definition, namely that some players may be able to continue to play with a cert...

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  • Defining a cricket injury
    Rebecca Mitchell

    Dear Editor,

    While Orchard and colleagues[1,2] should be congratulated for their attempt at developing an international consensus on the definition of a cricket-related injury, a broader look at the literature on definitions of injury might have provided a more robust definition of a cricket injury.

    Orchard et al.[1, 2] define a cricket injury (or significant injury) as “any injury or other medical conditio...

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  • Treatment of hyperthermia
    Evan L Lloyd

    Dear Sir

    Much of the controversy about the cooling methods used in hyperthermia arises because of a failure to consider the underlying physiology. There are two distinct mechanisms for the development of hyperthermia, SLOW and FAST, and each requires a different method of cooling.

    The SLOW hyperthermia involves exposure to heat with only mild physical activity. In this situation the hyperthermia develo...

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  • Authors' reply
    Bill T Vicenzino

    Dear Editor,

    It is with interest we read the comments by Rompe, regarding our systematic review and we take this opportunity to respond.

    1. Rompe found it ‘annoying’ that our systematic review showed no benefit in the use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) for lateral epicondylalgia (LE) and did not include recent evidence. The census date of our comprehensive database searches was clearly stated...

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  • Cooling heat stroke patients
    Yoram Epstein

    Dear Editor,

    Smith in his recent article in the Br J Sports Med highlights the importance of aggressively cooling heat stroke victims to improve prognosis.[1] The paper extensively reviews the major cooling methods, and the author advocates the immersion in an ice-cold bath as the method of choice. Whereas this conclusion might be true for young patients who may tolerate aggressive treatment with ice water (1–5°C...

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