Myth busters could be a regular session at any medical conference. But sports medicine seems particularly susceptible to suggestion, quackery or placebo as everyone looks for an easy answer. Jamie Kissick took us on an entertaining trip around the dubious evidence base surrounding interventions such as functional movement prediction of injury; managing muscle soreness; glucosamine and chondroitin; ice baths in recovery and many others. I was delighted to hear praise for my colleague Chris Bleakley’s work. And, indeed, mention of the POLICE acronym.
Should my child play contact sports? It is a question asked by many parents following the discussions about trauma in professional sport. J. Scott Delaney outlined many of the arguments, focusing on the short and long term risks associated with concussion. My view of Delaney's talk is that the evidence is unclear- and it can be difficult, even for you as the doctor, to be objective. ...continue reading →
Martin Burtscher is Professor at the Department of Sport Science, Medical Section, at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
Gerhard Ruedl is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sport Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
Daily news reports on skiing injuries during the winter season may convey the impression of downhill skiing as being a most dangerous activity. In fact, these reports have to be interpreted in the light of the very large participation rates. Worldwide, there are more than 2,000 downhill ski areas spread across 80 countries with an estimated 400 million skier days annually.
Assuming a death rate of 1 per 1 million skier days and an injury rate of 1-2 per 1,000 skier days a total of 400 fatalities and 400,000 to 800,000 injured skiers would result. That may be enough to fill newspapers daily but they actually represent a relatively low death and injury risk.
Put another way, for the individual who skis for 20 days per winter season on average ...continue reading →