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383 e-Letters

  • 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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  • FATIGUE AS ONLY EMOTION ?
    CELIO LEVYMAN.MD,MSc

    Dear Editor,

    This a very interesting, but curious,paper.The novel theory presented, enhanced the CNS as the more important center regulatory of exercise fatigue, resembles all the research that occupied the minds of clinical and experimental neuroscience people in regard of pain.

    Pain is a reality, an alarm signal. Of course there are many pain syndromes as diseases by thereselfes, as migraine, cluster h...

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  • Might enteric or intraperitoneal oxygen improve performance?
    Richard G Fiddian-Green

    Dear Editor

    Judging from our animal studies, there is an opportunity to improve performance by supplementing hepatic oxygenation from an enteric or even a peritoneal source.

    The idea might be especially appealing to the armed forces but might conceivably be applied in a manner conducive to endurance sports. In our study oxygenating just half of the gut eliminated the compensatory increase in cardiac outp...

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  • Reply to authors' comments
    Ercan Cetinus

    Dear Editor

    Our reply to the comments raised by an author is submitted as follows. Author Comment (AC):I would be very interested to know what the authors actually mean by the term “shin splints”

    Reply: Shin splints, which we cited in our article as one of the main causes of recurrent lower leg pain, refers to a condition that produces pain and discomfort in the leg owing to repetitive running or hiki...

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