68 e-Letters

published between 2012 and 2015

  • Re:Minimalist shoes
    Douglas B. Baumgarten

    This is an interesting study. However, based on my clinical experience studying the biomechanics of running shoes, I would disagree with the speculation as to why "full" minimalist shoes appear to be safer than "partial" minimalist shoes. Using videography, we observe the biomechanics of runners wearing different shoe types. What I've noticed about partial minimalist shoes, is that the combination of a soft foam sole...

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  • Consistancy
    Jeff Van Horn

    These findings are consistent with my experiences in working with those who have tried the semi and true minimal footwear for every day use. Those who are committed to true minimal shoes, ie; vibram five finger, answer differently based on their belief of my position on the subject. If they feel I am against minimal shoes, they state minimal shoes are the best and they will never go back to traditional shoes. If they feel...

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  • Response to: "Challenging beliefs in sports nutrition: are two 'core principles' proving to be myths ripe for busting?"
    Javier T. Gonzalez

    The editorial by Brukner [1] provokes an interesting debate around two nutrition-related principles that are certainly worth of discussion. There are however, some points that may be misleading to some readers, particularly regarding the second point. The major problem is the oversimplification of complex issues, which begins in the description of the "principle": "The optimum diet for weight control, general health and a...

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  • Response to: Is the lack of physical activity strategy for children complicit mass child neglect?
    Susan Farrell

    A rather short response to the editorial: I initially saw the " pullava" surrounding this on a TV website. I agree wholeheartedly with the authors; the current situation is un-sustainable Generations of the future will be obese, T2 diabetes will be the norm and goodness knows what cancers will prevail. Not only lack of exercise is child neglect but so too overfeeding your child ( particularly with foods of low nutritional...

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  • Olympic athletes lose to poor dental health
    C. Albert Yeung

    Oral health can have a negative impact on athletic performance but this study [1] shows that Olympians did not ensure their teeth were kept in good condition. Nearly half (46.5%) of the athletes reported not attending a check-up or hygiene visit within 12 months of the Games and 8.7% reported never receiving such care.

    The Commonwealth Games is one of the world's largest multi-sport events and is also held ever...

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  • Letter to the editor Judo, the way of mutual welfare and benefits
    Emerson Franchini

    I would like to congratulate Dr. Nikos Malliaropoulos for the initiative to organize a Judo and Martial Arts issue in this prestigious journal1, a topic with increased number of publications in the last decades.2 However, despite the broad range of topics suggested in the initial call for papers1, only four papers (including the editorial) about judo/martial arts were published, which can be an indicative that the high -l...

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  • Concussion in Sport and hypopituitarism
    Joanna Lane

    There is a growing body of research highlighting that "sports-related repetitive TBI has a cumulative effect on the development of pituitary dysfunction." [1]

    The Consensus Statement of 2008 did not allude to post-traumatic hypopituitarism (PTHP), but it is an important and treatable complication of concussion which every GP and A&E department should be alert for, for the following reasons:

    - PTHP,...

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  • Wear helmets but do not trust one from a rental shop.
    David K Talbot

    First let me say I fully support the need to wear helmets for snowsports however the authors appear not to understand the ski rental market where a helmet would be expected to last several months in the hands of people with no interest in looking after it or that ski helmets are designed to part destruct on impact, be that in a crash or being dropped and kicked around the boot room. Rental outlets will tend to carry onl...

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  • Anabolic Androgenic Steroids Stimulate DHEA in the same Mechanism as Testosterone
    James M. Howard

    It is my hypothesis that mammalian evolution occurred because of selection for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). ("Hormones in Mammalian Evolution," Rivista di Biologia / Biology Forum 2001; 94: 177-184). Subsequently, I deduced that human evolution is a consequence of selection for testosterone within mammals which produced primates; further selection produced humans. ("Androgens in Human Evolution. A New Explanation of Hu...

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  • Reducing sitting time in the workplace
    Khawer Ayoub

    Chau and colleagues(1) add further insights to the discussion about sitting time and health risks. As they discuss, a possible explanation for the weaker associations with occupational sitting demonstrated in their study may be the relatively short follow-up time compared to other studies. Indeed, epidemiological associations between occupational physical activity and heart disease go as far back as the 1950s, when it wa...

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