eLetters

68 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • Safety concerns based on outdated standards and illegal bats
    Daniel A. Russell

    Dear Editor,

    In their paper [1], McDowell and Ciocco conclude that "BBS values in slowpitch softball exceed recommended safety limits imposed on the sport" and their "findings indicate that softball is perhaps more dangerous then most coaches, players and parents think." Had this paper been published in an American journal it might have attracted considerable attention from the news media due to its alarming conclusion...

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  • Hand wasing is very important
    Hillary N. Kleehammer

    Dear Editor,

    Thank you for the help on the topic of hand washing. I have been studying the importance of hand washing for about three weeks, with no success. This article helped me out a lot. I know how it is to have snotty kids, I babysit, and the spreading of germs is deadly. I recently spoke to a young woman who after her daycare job, each day would throw all toys and such into a bucket of bleach. We are d...

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  • Why such large increases in Hb mass?
    Christopher J Gore

    Dear Editors,

    The altitude training study of Friedmann et al. reported a 6% increase in haemoglobin mass (Hbmass), but this result warrants close scrutiny, particularly without a corroborating measure of augmented VO2max, nor of corresponding measures in a matched control group. The authors’ contend that “there exist no studies in which the changes in total haemoglobin mass following treatment with recombinant...

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  • 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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