eLetters

68 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • The changing scenario of providing doping to athletes
    Giuseppe Lippi

    Dear Editor,

    There is a long history of doping in sport. Since the ancient Greco- Roman times, ergogenic aids in form of natural products, bland chemicals and animal extracts, have been commonplace in the attempt to push human performances to the limit. In recent times, remarkable advances in science and biotechnology have favoured the introduction of synthetic molecules, recombinant hormones and genetic manipulatio...

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  • A Short Reply To Russell
    Mark McDowell, MBA, Ph.D.

    Dear Editor,

    We appreciate Russell's comments and additional analyses. While there may be minor points where we still disagree, it is clear from Russell's comments that he supports our general hypothesis that there is indeed a safety concern in the sport of slow-pitch softball. We continue to stand by our field-testing research as well as published human response time studies that support our claims that the sp...

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  • Myoglobinuria paradox
    Joseph H. Keffer

    Dear Editor,

    Your diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis appears warranted on the basis of the "dark urine" and "muscle aches combined with massive elevation of creatine kinase. However, I cannot accept the report that there was no myoglobinuria present in these individuals. The urine is dark due to the myoglobin and in view of the CK increase in the thousands, myoglobin must have been present. Many laboratories use outdated and...

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  • Iliac spine avulsions
    Constance M. Lebrun

    Dear Editor,

    I was interested to read your recent article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on a sequential AIIS avulsions in an adolescent long jumper. I have recently had a young patient who was a soccer player, with two sequential avulsions on the right side of the AIIS within a shorter time frame. I would just like to point out, however, that on the xray, especially in Figure 1, it appears as if the injur...

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  • Wrong statement on lacking efficiency of ESWT for tennis elbow
    Jan D. Rompe

    Dear Editor,

    I read with great interest the systemic review from Dr. Bisset and co-workers "A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials on physical interventions for lateral epicondylalgia" (BJSM 2005; 39:411- 422).

    I find it annoying how the authors disregarded the results of the most recent trials regarding treatment of chronic tennis elbow with extracorporeal shock waves. Their conclusion th...

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  • Safety concerns could be made stronger
    Daniel A. Russell
    Dear Editor,

    I am writing again, not to engage in a war of words with the authors, but to offer some suggestions which might strengthen the safety concerns reached in the paper by McDowell and Ciocco.[1] Unfortunately, it appears that the authors misunderstood the point of my first letter and assumed that I was criticizing their conclusions regarding the safety in slow-pitch softball. I do not disagree with their conclusion...

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  • Validity comparison of different protocols
    Sandro Sperandei

    Dear Editor,

    In the last years, validity and reliability of tests used is exercise science has gained a lot of attention. Since the review of Atkinson and Nevill (1998), many works has published addressing these matters.

    Baltaci et al., in the present work, assessed the validity of three different forms of sit-and-reach (SR) test and compared the results with flexibility of hip joint for flexion using a go...

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  • The sport of slow pitch softball is still unsafe: a reply to Russell
    Mark McDowell, MBA, Ph.D.

    Dear Editor,

    We would like to thank Russell for his letter because we feel the subject of safety in the sport of men’s slow-pitch softball has been ignored for too long and it is refreshing to see that others are also taking notice. An increase in the awareness of this subject through discussions and scientific publications will help lead to required, well-defined, safety standards in the sport of softball. Unfort...

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  • Increase in Hb mass after alitude training in elite junior athletes
    Birgit Friedmann

    Dear Editors,

    Dres. Gore and Hahn suggest that the significant mean increase of 6% in total haemoglobin mass (tHbmass) which we observed after altitude training in elite junior swimmers might to a major extend be attributed to few erroneous measurements after altitude training. As already discussed in the paper, we agree that an increase of about 24% is astonishingly high. However, as pointed out, we were not the...

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  • Unconsciousness after diving in Osler-Weber-Rendu disease
    Richard E Moon

    Dear Editor,

    The article published by Dr. Hsu and colleagues [1] appears to furnish a new mechanism for neurological decompression illness, related to intrapulmonary right-to-left shunting. However, the authors’ explanation of the mechanism of injury in their patient is not supported by a more detailed analysis.

    During a scuba dive, the tissue partial pressure of inert gas (nitrogen if the diver is brea...

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