Volume 6 - Targeted Topic - Straight Science

February 2017
Athletes are constantly scrutinised for their ability to perform well, compete honestly and uphold values in sport. This Targeted Topic on Straight Science shines the light inwards on the performance, honesty and standards of research in sports science and medicine. Our Guest Editors, Clare Ardern, Adam Weir and Rod Whiteley take us on a guided tour through the research landscape, along with a superb line-up of contributing authors, who examine the incongruous relationship between research output and clinical requirements, and how sports science reports are really used in the field (and on the field!), as well as answer the question: can we really predict which athletes will get injured? We also look at how clinicians can avoid ‘shazam’ therapies and overdiagnosis; and how can researchers use the right statistics to improve the quality of their research, and translate knowledge to practitioners effectively, despite often finding themselves at odds with the publishing industry. Finally, we interview high jumper and the Pride of Qatar, Mutaz Barshim. The nation’s most successful Olympian, who tells us about competing with a fractured vertebra, the importance of providing an athlete with clear medical information and his key relationship with his experienced coach.

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Editorial
EDITORIAL: Sports medicine in 2017 – do we know where we are going?

In my lifetime as a clinician I have seen many changes in the perception of what constitutes progress in...

Written by – Nebojsa Popovic MD PhD

Sports Medicine
The art of treating clearly

How to avoid the ‘shazam’ trap in sports medicine Written by Boris Gojanovic and François Fourchet,...

Written by – Boris Gojanovic and François Fourchet, Switzerland

Sports Science
Uncertainty, heuristics and injury prediction

Written by Mladen Jovanovic, Serbia Predicting injuries in high-performance sports is of great...

Written by – Mladen Jovanovic, Serbia

Sports Medicine
The current sports medicine journal model is outdated and ineffective

Where to next to improve knowledge translation? Written by Christian Barton, Australia Academic...

Written by – Christian Barton, Australia

Sports Medicine
There are many good reasons to screen your athletes

But predicting future injury is not one of them Written by Nicol van Dyk, Arnhild Bakken, Stephen...

Written by – Nicol van Dyk, Arnhild Bakken, Stephen Targett and Roald Bahr, Qatar

Sports Science
Want to see my report, coach?

Sport science reporting in the real world Written by Martin Buchheit, France On the 9 March 2013,...

Written by – Martin Buchheit, France

Sports Medicine
Overdiagnosis in sports medicine

Written by Robert-Jan de Vos, the Netherlands BACKGROUND Overdiagnosis is defined as the...

Written by – Robert-Jan de Vos, the Netherlands

Sports Medicine
Down the rabbit hole or jumping over it?

What researchers see as important is different from what clinicians need Written by Jill Cook,...

Written by – Jill Cook, Australia

Sports Medicine
Systematic reviews in sports medicine

Written by Mike Clarke, United Kingdom Over the past few decades, systematic reviews have become...

Written by – Mike Clarke, United Kingdom

Letters From
Divided we stand

A LETTER FROM: London, United Kingdom Written by Adam Meakins, United Kingdom Despite significant...

Written by – Adam Meakins, United Kingdom

Interview
Mutaz Barshim

- Interview by Jake Bambrough, Qatar Mutaz Essa Barshim is the pride of Qatar his name, Mutaz, even...

Interview by – Jake Bambrough, Qatar

Sports Medicine
Genes and elite athletic status

Moving forward Written by Tijana Durmic, Serbia Every 4 years we enjoy the extraordinary...

Written by – Tijana Durmic, Serbia

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