eLetters

116 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Authors reply
    Alejandro Lucia et al

    Dear Editor

    Re: eLetter from Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo et al.

    Authors responses are in bold:

    Barakat et al. [1] have presented us with a paper of excellent methodological quality, following all the steps recommended in the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) and dealing with a question that never fails to generate controversy with respect to the practice of physical activity dur...

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  • Does exercise training during pregnancy affect gestational age? A randomised controlled trial
    Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo

    Dear Editor

    Barakat et al. [1] have presented us with a paper of excellent methodological quality, following all the steps recommended in the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) and dealing with a question that never fails to generate controversy with respect to the practice of physical activity during pregnancy: prematurity. Another strongpoint of the paper is the fact that the physical exerc...

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  • What about Ethics and Genetics?
    Arno Müller

    The Editorial by Shephard addresses the potential problems involved in a mass ECG screening for athletes. He explains that on the one hand Italian (sport)cardiologists are in favor of a (mandatory) mass screening program, while on the other hand US physicians seem to have good reasons for opposing this Italian model.

    Although Shepard’s review is agreeable to the current situation, he neglects some important issues....

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  • The end-spurt does not require a subconscious intelligent system, just our conscious brain
    Samuele M Marcora

    Dear Editor

    I agree with Professor Tim Noakes that the presence of an end-spurt cannot be explained by either the traditional peripheral fatigue model, or the more recent negative feedback model proposed by Amann and Dempsey [1, 4]. However, I think that the presence of an end-spurt is also at odds with Noakes’ central governor model.

    In fact, a subconscious intelligent system capable of regulating in anti...

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  • Screening the athlete’s shoulder for impingement symptoms: a clinical reasoning algorithm for early
    Lennard Funk

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am extremely concerned by the article by Cools et al. The paper offers an algorithm to the differentiation of external from internal impingement. The basis of their differentiation is purely on the relocation test alone. The only article they reference for this fact is Blevins (1997), which only refers to rotator cuff pathology in athletes. The authors also clearly state the inaccuracy of the re...

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  • Lateral epicondylitis surgery complications
    Erica L. Williams

    I had lateral epicondylitis surgery in January 3, 2008, wore a cast for two weeks then about three weeks of physical therapy and sent back to work on light duty and first of March 2008 I was put back to full work duty and physical therapy was stopped also. I am still in pain and my doctor has closed my case even though he informed me that injury would only get worse as long as I continue to perform my job as a city lette...

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  • IS THERE A SINNLESS SINN IN DOPING?
    Mitja Lainscak

    Doping can severely affect individual’s health.[1] The international community took action and nowadays an advanced mechanism to tackle doping in sport and recreational activity exists (www.wada.com).

    In a recent Warm up section of the Journal, Pluim presented her view of sins and cheating, based on the International Tennis Federation statistics. Focusing on “social drugs” and failure to comply with therapeuti...

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  • Accidental cheating?
    Giuseppe Lippi

    In an overview of the 40 most recent cases of doping in tennis, Babette Pluim highlighted that in only 13 of the cases (32%) was a prohibited substance taken to enhance performance, whereas most frequently banned substances were taken with no intent to enhance performance or without (significant) fault or negligence.[1] I definitely agree that products that are on the list of prohibited substances should be critically r...

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  • Unsafe footabll goalposts
    Brenda Smith

    I have just had a book published called "A football Goalpost Killed My Son," it is published by www.chipmunkapublishers.co.uk I have been campaigning for goalpost safety in the UK for 17 years and hope for legislation eventually. I decided to write my book after my first book was published early this year. My first book is mainly about bringing up a child with complex special needs, but contained a chapter about my sons...

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  • Collegiate rugby union injury patterns
    Henare R Broughton

    The study presented by Hamish Kerr et al on "Collegiate rugby union injuries..." deserves comment.In a general sense the injury pattern may be atrributed to the confrontational type of game that the players had been taught.The tackle features as the event with more injuries occurring as illustrated in the study.In this type of game the fact that T-boning occurs, that is, where the ball carrier runs directly towards an onc...

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