63 e-Letters

published between 2015 and 2018

  • The Devil Is In The Detail
    Steve R Bollen

    I would like to comment on the conclusions of the recent published meta-analysis by Thorlund et al in the BMJ and the subsequent sensationalist editorial. The conclusions are at odds with my own personal experience and that of my peer group.

    Although the methodology of the study is valid I would take issue with the conclusions reached.

    The meta-analysis on benefit started with nearly 1800 studies and wa...

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  • Low dose physical activity and the elderly
    Roy J. Shephard

    At the age of 86, I am a strong believer in the virtues of moderate physical activity for the elderly, walking some 5 km most mornings, and tending a substantial garden. Moreover, I agree with the proposition that for an elderly population, any physical activity is better than none, and that controlled experiments can be devised to demonstrate some of the short-term benefits of an increase in such activity. However, I w...

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  • Non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries.
    Henare R Broughton

    It is common practice to refer lower limb injuries as non-contact, in this paper the categories have been clearly defined. The term pressing needs defining which may help the non soccer community. All lower limb injuries in football ought to be categorised as contact or in-direct contact with respect to the ground or an opponent. The principles of the Laws of Motion from Newtonian mechanics and basic physics might add fur...

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  • Serum Testosterone In Sedentary, Active And Athletic Males From Kosovo
    Gezim Murseli

    Testosterone is one of the anabolic androgen steroids (AAS) that has been abused to improve higher athletic performance by enhancing muscle development and recovery. The purpose of this study was to assess basal level of serum total testosterone in male athletes and to compare it with physically active and sedentary males.

    The study sample was composed of 40 males divided in four groups of different physical acti...

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  • Time to bust the myth?
    Roy J. Shephard

    Recent editorials have renewed the debate on the role of physical inactivity in the current obesity epidemic. [1, 2] Malhotra and colleagues cite an opinion piece suggesting "little change of physical activity levels in the past 30 years," while Blair counters that U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics show "mining, agriculture and agricultural jobs declined substantially."

    Both statements have some truth, but they neg...

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  • Coke and sports
    Matthew B. Kowalsky

    It is like saying Coca-Cola is the favorite drink of many athletes. The truth is much more complex. Research in this field that is funded by the beverages industry tends to be biased. There will always be people in any field, including scientific research, who will do almost anything to make a buck. I can understand the necessity of balancing the views on any public health issue, but here the balance is tipped over by an ev...

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  • Re:Re:12 Reasons why the "Physical Activity Myth" paper should not have been published; Request for retraction or modification based on open external peer-review
    Paul Kelly

    In response to Professor Cooper:

    We thank Prof Cooper for his comments (15th June 2015) on our Letter to the Editor, and in particular his critique of our Point 3. We stated in our original letter that "we invite discussion and criticism of our review, and will gladly amend any sections that can...

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  • Re:12 Reasons why the "Physical Activity Myth" paper should not have been published; Request for retraction or modification based on open external peer-review
    Richard S Cooper

    Kelly et al make a number of useful comments about the unfortunate editirial by Malhotra et al. However they too obscure the main point. They use a 2008 NIH document as the key reference to refute the editorialists' claim that exercise does not lead to weight loss.

    What the NIH document actually says -

    The magnitude of weight loss due to physical activity is additive to caloric restriction, but physi...

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  • If you can click through to this Google+ Community I hope it will help...
    Karim Khan

    It seems very clear that there are two different ways of interpreting the tile of this editorial. BJSM is grateful for the terrific engagement in this important debate - we revel in debate.

    But it's not helpful to have two soliloquys going on so I respectfully suggest there are two basic interpretations of the title.

    Please click through to this Google Community http://ow.ly/PaHbz to see the two inte...

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  • Review
    Gary Pearce

    This article speaks to the growing need to ensure all work groups including managers take the time to move around more frequently. It is also interesting to note that while this is based on short term studies it will have large long term gains. I will be very interested to see where this research goes in the future. I personally will be looking at ways to partake of this valuable insight in to the need to move away from...

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