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366 e-Letters

  • Author's reply
    Dimitrios Stasinopoulos

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to thank you for your time and interest to read and comment our article. I do not agree with some of your comments, but I think that the disagreement is the beginning in order to continue research in a topic.

    Lateral epicondylitis (LE), commonly referred to as tennis elbow (TE), is a tendon problem. Although the terms TE and LE are not appropriate, I will use these two terms in...

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  • ECSWT for Lateral Epicondylitis
    Frank A. Pettrone

    Dear Editior,

    I read with interest the Stasinopoulos/johnson article on ECWST for "tennis elbow". I would like to bring to the author's attention our double -blinded, randomized (placebo vs. active treatment groups) study previously presented at the AAOS annual meeting 2003 with 6 month results and at the 2004 meeting with 12 month results. This study has been accepted for publication in the JBJS.

    Our s...

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  • Low-energy ESWT - New aspects for mechanism of action
    Jan D. Rompe

    Dear Editor,

    I read with interest the review of Stasinopuolos and Johnson on the “Effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy for tennis elbow” (Br J Sports Med 2005; 39:132-139).

    I acknowledge their evaluation in terms that the trials from Haake et al. [1] and from our group [2] are by far the highest-ranking publications in this field, while other studies show various major flaws in study desi...

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  • The hidden placebo
    Christopher J Beedie

    Dear Editor,

    I read your editorial 'The power of placebo' with some relief. It would seem that all too often, 'advances' in practice and even research are relegating the placebo effect to the status of quackery. Certainly, I am not a great fan of many therapies or technologies that claim scientifically dubious healing or performance-enhancing qualities (I am to be honest even less of a fan of those who sell them...

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  • Sport's Injury prevention; are we measuring the right parameter?
    Per B Mahler

    Dear Editor,

    Having worked in sport's injury prevention with children for the last 15 years and having monitored their evolution in a representative group of about 160 adolescent girls and boys competing in various sports, I can but express a certain amount of frustration as to the results of injury prevention.

    Having contributed to introduce and observed changes in, nutritional and psychological counse...

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  • Overstated cost effectiveness?
    Kim M Dalziel

    Dear Editor,

    Huang and colleagues have prepared an estimate of the cost- effectiveness of the Victorian, Active Script Programme, which they conclude indicates a successful program and one suitable for wider adoption. Confidence in a cost effectiveness estimate depends on confidence in the evidence on effectiveness and costs.

    The Active Script Program evaluation was designed to determine up- take of the...

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  • An ethical argument prompted by gene manipulation and improvement of athletic performances
    Andrew Murray

    Dear Editor,

    Prompted by Lippi & Guidi [1] and their discussion that drugs which modulate hypoxia inducible factors (HIFs) should soon be included in antidoping legislation, is an old argument from my undergraduate days. They state that HIFs stimulate red cell production and so could be used as an athletic stimulant or to treat pathological conditions that involve altered oxygen metabolism. On the flipside of...

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  • Stretching and hamstring strains
    Ian Shrier

    Dear Editor,

    I recently read the article by Dadebo et al with interest [1]. I am a little confused by their results and their take home message. First, the correlation for SHT is reported as 0.02 (Table 6) and 0.54 (Table 8, one predictor) when the two correlations should be equal [2]. Second, the appropriate analysis is Poisson regression with counts of injuries as outcome and exposure rates as a covaria...

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  • Blind-sided by fraud
    Eric N Grosch

    Dear Editor

    Pseudo-scientific detection of illusory entities did not end in 1907. Attributing physical mass to the “soul,” a man-made theological construct, exemplifies a fallacy Gould attributed to Mill:

    The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own. And if no real entity answering to the name could be...

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  • High-energy versus low-energy protocols of shock wave application
    Jan D. Rompe

    Dear Editor,

    I read with interest the article “Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for plantar fasciitis: randomised controlled multicentre trial” by John Ogden (Br J Sports Med 38: 382, 2004).

    I strongly contradict his suggestion that multiple dosed, low-energy, non-anaesthetically based treatments [9] cannot accomplish the same clinical outcome and patient satisfaction as single dosed, high-energy, ana...

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