The London Olympics are imminent – inevitably the focus for most will be on the achievements of athletes after years of intensive training to go faster, higher and further. However, behind the scenes, there has also been increased focus on the topic of sports and exercise medicine.
In recognition of the research which has been developing in this area, BMC Medicine has launched a new cross-journal article collection: ‘Advances in Sports Nutrition, Exercise and Medicine’ edited by Mr. Mike Carmont, a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon with an interest in lower limb sports surgery and sports medicine.
Mike Carmont introduces the article collection with an editorial published in BMC Medicine, giving an overview of the recent changes in this field, including research and comment published in this collection. Simon Till is the clinical lead for Sheffield’s National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine, which has been developed as part of the Olympic Legacy. He discusses, in an editorial, how specialists in Sports and Exercise Medicine can contribute towards increasing physical activity in the UK, as well as the challenges involved in achieving the goals of the Olympic legacy.
High levels of physical activity are also the topic of a technical advance by Uwe Schütz and colleagues in which 44 ultramarathon runners are tracked over the course of 4,486km with a mobile MRI scanner to determine the physiological changes that occur over this feat of endurance. Perspectives from an ultramarathon runner and a physiologist on this article can be read in the accompanying editorial and commentary.
Of course, performance optimization is always a topic of interest when it comes to sports medicine, and a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN) finds that betaine supplementation can improve cycling sprint power. Healing of injuries is a key topic presented in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology (SMARTT), and a research article here examines the effect of physical and sports therapy treatment for medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), which is a common complaint of high endurance athletes.
Articles offering novel insights into the clinical utility of all aspects of sports medicine will be considered for inclusion in this article collection, and are invited to submit to the following journals: BMC Medicine, Harm Reduction Journal, JISSN and SMARTT. Queries regarding potential submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.