eLetters

90 e-Letters

published between 2004 and 2007

  • The myths of RICE: Crucial issues of intermittent cryotherapy and compression in sports traumatology
    Karsten Knobloch

    Dear editor,

    We read with great interest the recent work of Dr. Algafly und Dr. George regarding the effect of sole cryotherapy on nerve conduction velocity, pain threshold and pain tolerance in healthy volunteers. We would like to thank the authors for their important contribution, but we would further appreciate commenting on some issues raised by the authors.

    The ankle was focussed in this study usi...

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  • understanding correlations
    Ian Shrier

    Dear Editor

    The authors of this study suggest that the 2d:4d ratio is an important predictor of sporting ability in women. The interpretation is based on the beta-coefficients and p-values from regression analyses of different sports and the authors cite several works that hypothesize about biological mechanisms.

    I have several questions about the methods. First, if one is a high level running athlete, th...

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  • The in-line technique for tendon injections
    Mahamoud M Gabal

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest this work..But from the radiological point of view the in line technique for injection is much effective for attacking the color spots which represent the neovessls. There are two types for this technique.First the long in line technique which enable us to see the entire path of the needle in its way to attack the target. We inject from the medial side in the direction of the lon...

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  • Non-random fluctuations in power output: methodological limits and complexity of interpretation
    Sébastien Racinais

    Dear Editor

    In line with the previous work of their laboratory, Tucker et al [1] recently proposed a new point of view on the dynamic control mechanisms of the athlete during self-paced exercise. The authors should be thanked for their innovative contribution to exercise physiology, and we think that the tools they used need some complements.

    Firstly, some methodological caution should be taken into accou...

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  • Response to Dickinson´s and McConnell´s letter - authors reply
    Wilfried Kindermann

    Dear Editor,

    We appreciate the electronic letter from Dickinson and McConnell who refer to our review “Inhaled beta 2-agonists and performance in competitive athletes”. They make the point that maintaining the formal requirement to apply for a TUE (therapeutic use exemption) before the start of therapy with inhaled beta 2-agonists in asthmatic athletes in the long term leads to improved medical care and diagnost...

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  • A Case in Support for the Female Athlete Triad
    Susan Awdishu

    Dear Editor-in Chief

    I read with great concern the opinions expressed in the commentary by DiPietro and Stachenfeld published in the June issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (1). As a competitive athlete who has experienced both oligomenorrhea and amenorrhea, I applaud the American College of Sports Medicine for leading the way to educate girls and women about the Female Athlete Triad (2). Like man...

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  • Abbreviated TUE's have improved service delivery
    John W Dickinson

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the recent review from Kinderman and Meyer in the recent supplement in the BJSM entitled ‘Inhaled ß2-agonists and performance in competitive athletes’. They raise the issue as to whether it is appropriate for inhaled ß2-agonists to require an abbreviated TUE before an athlete is allowed to use them in order to attenuate their asthma/EIA. They put fo...

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  • Are the effects of stretch sustained?
    Lisa A Harvey

    Dear editor,

    I read with interest the recent systematic review examining the effectiveness of stretch on ankle range of motion. The authors are to be commended for such an important piece of work. The treatment effects are very small and in keeping with a number of randomised controlled trials looking at the effects of stretch in patients with neurological conditions. I suspect few clinicians would consider a t...

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  • Fractured Fairy Tales: Hyponatremia and the ACSM Fluid Recommendations
    William O Roberts

    Dear Editor,

    Noakes and Speedy, in the article, “Case proven: exercise associated hyponatremia is due to overdrinking,” deliver a shot at the 1996 ACSM Exercise and Fluid Replacement Position Stand that is off the mark. Much as the popular 1960’s television cartoon series Rocky and Bullwinckle Show presented Aesop’s Fables in “Fractured Fairy Tales;” a key element of the story is missing.

    The ACSM po...

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  • Stride pattern of runners article comment
    John Harlin

    Dear Editor,

    In the article about how older runner's strides are shorter which I have included below my comment, one has to seriously take into account the body fat percentage of each runner otherwise such a test won't mean that much.

    Most of us tend to put on more weight as we get older. Weight has a serious effect on stride length. It has a serious effect on stride length regardless of age. But even g...

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