Special e-edition: Pain Management

Welcome to this extra e-journal edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

BJSM readers, listeners and other social media followers have a keen interest in pain. It’s a big problem! So, here is an online only version of BJSM and external content just for you! This is all content that has been published before – now in one convenient spot. We mirror the format of our regular print journal with a few extras.

Going online offers some advantages. This e-journal highlights recent research in the pain management literature, outside of our own BMJ-BJSM stable, and will complement some of our own high-quality content to give readers a broad overview of the topic (note: some papers may have a paywall – log in via your organisation if you have the appropriate subscriptions to access full-text). This edition contains top research articles from JAMA, PLoS One and the BMJ within the pain management/scientific field.

Our popular podcast content is an exciting addition here that will enhance knowledge translation. Top quality pain researchers and practitioners including Professors Lorimer Moseley and Peter O’Sullivan discuss the science behind pain management and give practical tips for clinicians. This is supplemented by an infographic.

Readers are reminded, BJSM has its own online mobile application or ‘App’. This can be downloaded for Apple and Android. The App allows users to see all of the latest podcasts, blogs and other BJSM content in one easily accessible package. (It’s super for podcasts).

If you enjoy this new topical approach to present the latest evidence-based research and debate, then please do send us your thoughts via any of our social media channels. We are always looking for ways to get you, the reader, quality clinical content in the format that suits you!

Just use #BJSMOnlineEdition to involve others in the discussion.

We hope you get a chance to have a physically active day,

BJSM print and digital editors.


Pain Science: “Don’t mislabel nociceptors as pain fibres”

Professor Lorimer Moseley chats with final year medical student Daniel Friedman about the terms pain, nociception and central sensitisation. How are they used? Are they taught accurately or poorly?


Can group-based reassuring information alter low back pain behavior? A cluster-randomized controlled trial
Pernille Frederiksen, Aage Indahl, Lars L. Andersen, et al


Interactive Voice Response–Based Self-management for Chronic Back Pain: The COPES Noninferiority Randomized Trial
Alicia A. Heapy, Diana M. Higgins, Joseph L. Goulet, et al


Avoid routinely prescribing medicines for non-specific low back pain
Adrian C Traeger, Rachelle Buchbinder, Ian A Harris, et al


International Olympic Committee consensus statement on pain management in elite athletes
Brian Hainline, Wayne Derman, Alan Vernec, Richard Budgett, Masataka Deie, Jiří Dvořák, Chris Harle, Stanley A Herring, Mike McNamee, Willem Meeuwisse, G Lorimer Moseley, Bade Omololu, John Orchard, Andrew Pipe, Babette M Pluim, Johan Ræder, Christian Siebert, Mike Stewart, Mark Stuart, Judith A Turner, Mark Ware, David Zideman, Lars Engebretsen


Pain and fatigue in sport: are they so different?
Kieran O’Sullivan, Peter B O’Sullivan, Tim J Gabbett

Professor Peter O’Sullivan on Tiger Woods’ back and “core strength”

In this podcast from 2014 Professor Peter O’Sullivan shares his thoughts on the media attention around Tiger Woods’ obvious back pain while playing in the US PGA. He discusses what the pathology might be, why the media suggested that Mr Woods’ ‘sacrum went out’ and contends that ‘core strengthening’ may not be the panacea.


Managing non-traumatic back pain in sport
Ben Darlow, Peter O’Sullivan


Central sensitisation in different tendinopathies: are we comparing apples and oranges?
Seán McAuliffe, Rodney Whiteley, Peter Malliaras, Kieran O’Sullivan


Poor overall quality of clinical practice guidelines for musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review
Ivan Lin, Louise K Wiles, Robert Waller, et al


Effect of tai chi versus aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia: comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial
Chenchen Wang, Christopher H Schmid, Roger A Fielding, et al


Professor Lorimer Moseley on the brain and mind in chronic pain

Professor Lorimer Moseley answers questions from Ebonie Rio, Department of Physiotherapy, Monash University, covering the important difference between pain and nociception, and sharing thoughts on how pain science can help clinicians working in sports medicine.


Musculoskeletal pain and exercise—challenging existing paradigms and introducing new
Benjamin Smith, Paul Hendrick, Marcus Bateman, et al