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366 e-Letters

  • Cardiovascular preparticipation screening
    Fabio Pigozzi

    Dear Editor

    The presence of false positive ECGs is without doubt a limit to the diagnostic capability of this investigation in the contest of cardiovascular screening of athletes. These abnormal ECG appearances result mainly from the morphological adaptations of the heart to training and to the actual sport practised. For example, endurance athletes show a higher rate of ECG abnormalities than athletes practising ‘tec...

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  • Cardiovascular screening of athletes: a unique opportunity for an epidemiological experiment
    Roy J. Shephard

    Dear Editor

    The Italian requirement that all professional and amateur athletes obtain medical certification of their ability to participate in their chosen sport dates from 1950.[1] In 1971 and 1982 this mandate was reinforced by specific legislation of the Italian Ministry of Health, covering both competitive and non-competitive participants.[2] Consequently, large numbers of symptom-free and ostensibly health...

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  • Pseudo science
    Ralf Milke

    Dear Editor

    Does BJSM even use its review process? Being a runner and running trainer and scientist, I am embarrased about this article.[1] The news *running is unhealthy* quickly went the round. Here in Germany it already was in TV text, in several online newspapers (with headlines like 'Run into Osteoporosis'), and has reached internet discussion boards. It will supposedly appear in printed matter starting tomorro...

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  • Is athlete bone loss due to excess hormone 1,25-D?
    Trevor G Marshall

    Dear Editor

    We cannot help but note the correlation between the results of this study of female athletes, and the study conducted on male long distance runners in Denmark [1]. We propose that sunshine might be the common factor driving the observed bone loss in these two, apparent...

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  • Head injuries in Ice Hockey-no prevention?
    Julian Kennedy

    Dear Editor

    The helmets worn in ice hockey - what is their specification and composition? They look like canoeing-type and very thin plastic, if so, it is no wonder head injuries continue. The players need padded helmets more like motorcycle crash helmets to withstand the knocks with a layer of polystyrene or other shock absorbing material.

  • New Electronic Manuscript Tracking System
    Roderick Duncan

    Dear Editor

    I enjoyed reviewing for this journal very much and can only hope that more journals will use a similar electronic system.
    Having waited over 16 weeks to hear from a different journal, I think that the electronic system provides an excellent service to the authors.

  • Club doctors and physiotherapists
    Patricia A Turner

    Dear Editor

    Waddington et al.[1] have highlighted an important issue in the context of sport injury management. However, this article, like many others, provides erroneous information and percpetions of 'qualified physiotherapists'. In the UK a physiotherapist must be State Registered (CPSM at present) to work in the NHS. A physothrapist does not need to be 'chartered' - i.e. a Member of the Chartered Socie...

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  • Bromocriptine-anabolic steroid interaction in a body builder
    Denis J Petro

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the report of atrial fibrillation and syncope in a body builder taking anabolic steroids and bromocriptine.[1] Drs Manoharan, Campbell and O'Brien present an interesting and perceptive report of bromocriptine misuse. Several additional points can be made regarding this case. While the authors noted the effect of the fasting state on bromocriptine kinetics,[2] in addition bromocriptine an...

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  • Intense training in elite female athletes: evidence of reduced growth and delayed maturation?
    Shona Bass
    Dear Editor

    In their recent article 'Intensive training in elite young female athletes,' Baxter-Jones and Maffulli reviewed 18 manuscripts and concluded 'training does not appear to affect growth and maturation .'[1] We have two concerns about this conclusion. First, we agree that analyses of cross -sectional and cohort data in this population are confounded by sampling bias; gymnasts who are successful at an elite leve...

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  • Examination of resuscitaion skills
    Arturo Lupoli

    Dear Editor

    Lavis et al [1] seek to explain the poor results obtained by candidates undertaking the Bath University diploma in sports and exercise medicine as a failure of the candidate to take the subject seriously. They expect the standard to be comparable to “that required of a candidate completing the same task on an ATLS, PHTLS or ALS course.”

    A candidate undertaking any of the above courses, or a...

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