eLetters

90 e-Letters

published between 2004 and 2007

  • Injury risk for new generation artificial surfaces may be higher in hot weather
    John W. Orchard

    Dear Editor

    I would like to congratulate Ekstrand et al. [1] for their study comparing the injury incidence on new generation artificial turf to natural grass. At the very least, their findings are reassuring that it is relatively safe to continue to play football (soccer) on new generation artificial surfaces in cool climates, subject to ongoing injury surveillance. As an author who has published multiple article...

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  • Comment on age determination in adolescent male football players: It does not work!
    Robert M Malina

    13 March 2007 Comment on Age Determination in Adolescent Male Football Players: It Does Not Work!

    Dear Editor

    The recent paper of Dvorak and colleagues (2007) has as one of its objectives “…the possible use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which has no radiation risk, in estimating the age of healthy adolescent football players” (p. 45). It also proposed to “…evaluate the reliability and validity of t...

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  • Re: A stitch in time
    Linda M Castell,

    Dear Editor

    I was amused by the new terminology of "exercise-related transient abdominal pain" for stitch. It seems a shame that a more creative approach wasn't taken to use STITCH as a mnemonic!

    I used to get this fairly frequently as a child exploring the countryside. It was annoying but, since I usually had a pressing need to get from A to B rapidly, I tended not to let it deflect me very often. I...

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  • Hyponatraemia and dehydration. Calming the controversy?
    Evan L Lloyd

    Dear Editor

    The article by Noakes and Speedy [1] has provoked ferocious arguments [2-7]. It appears that, while the aetiology of hyponatraemia is clear, the main argument is over the ACSM guidelines, which tell athletes “to learn to drink fluids during exercise, in volumes that approximate sweat loss in an effort to prevent both extremes – dehydration and hyponatremia” [2]. There are several difficulties....

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  • Prop forward neck lumps revisited
    Duncan R Bayne

    Dear Editor

    We have seen and treated a series of four of these patients. None of the lesions were deemed to be suitable for liposuction and hence they were removed surgically, under general anaesthetic.

    All were found to be vascular and un-encapsulated which necessitated sharp dissection to facilitate excision. Excess overlying skin was also taken in two cases to ensure cosmetic correction. Vacuum drai...

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  • Time to rush? Timing is a crucial issue in elite athletes suffering from Achilles tendinopathy
    Karsten Knobloch

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the randomized-controlled trial performed by Mayer and coworkers focussing a four-week treatment interval for running athletes suffering Achilles mid-portion tendinopathy. Time is of critical importance in rehabilitation of all sport-related injuries as pointed out by the authors and we fully agree with them. Given a professional soccer player suffering mid-portion Achilles t...

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  • Hepatic oxygenation: rate-limiting factor in athletes.
    Richard G Fiddian-Green

    Dear Editor

    If my understanding of tissue energetics is correct then a rate-limiting factor in athletes might well be the adequacy of hepatic oxygenation [1]. If so the presence of celiac axis stenosis might be a contributing and reversible factor.

    Celiac axis stenosis, which may be caused by a contricting band of fibrous tissue, was found in 1.7% of 3449 patients from 0 to 18 years examined with abdomi...

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  • Direct CW Doppler based cardiac output in the swimming pool
    Karsten Knobloch

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the editorial from Dr. Meyer regarding the question: Should aqua training and swimming be allowed for patients with left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure. We fully agree with the author that care should be taken when prescribing aqua exercise and swimming to patients with a deteriorated cardiac function. Furthermore, Dr. Meyer asks for more studies of patients invo...

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  • Bench-presser’s shoulder – a question of neovascularisation
    Karsten Knobloch

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the case series from Bhatia and coworkers describing the “Bench-presser’s shoulder” as an overuse insertional tendinopathy of the pectoralis minor muscle. We fully agree with the authors that tendinopathy is often times underdiagnosed as it is at the pectoralis minor muscle. However, we would like to comment on some issues.

    Body-building athletes seem to be the pred...

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  • Night splints have no place in tendinopathy - and compliance is of utmost importance
    Karsten Knobloch

    Dear editor

    We read with great interest the randomized trial of de Vos and coworkers regarding the additional value of night splinting to eccentric training in Achilles mid-portion tendinopathy. Functional improvement assessed using the VISA-score and patient satisfaction were not different between sole eccentric training and the combination of eccentric training and the night splint.

    Roos found in 2004...

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