October 1, 2019
September 2019 journal review roundup

September 2019 Primary Care Sports Medicine Journal Roundup

The American Journal of Sports Medicine (August 2019, September 2019)

Note: I accidently reviewed August so we get some extra articles this month. Cheers, -John
  • This study established the SRC incidence among elite soccer players in 2 international professional leagues and identified major RTP and performance differences between EPL and MLS players.

  • MLS players missed a mean 7.3 games after concussion (37.0 days missed); EPL players missed a mean 0.6 games after concussion!!

  • The rate of SRC sustained in high school football practice decreased by 57% after a rule change limiting the amount and duration of full-contact activities, with no change in competition concussion rate.

  • In animal models…Both single and multiple injections of PRP exert similar anti-inflammatory effects on the synovium in the short term. However, this effect is sustained in the long term only for multiple injections.

  • Multiple injections of PRP exert a chondroprotective effect, but only in the short term. This effect is not seen with a single injection of PRP.

  • Complex meniscal tears, larger extrusion, cartilage injuries, and larger meniscal excision were significant and clinically relevant prognostic factors for worse outcomes 1 and 2 years after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy.

  • There were no meaningful differences in patient satisfaction or clinical outcomes between patients with traumatic and degenerative tears and no or mild OA. Predictors of dissatisfaction with APM were female sex, obesity, and lateral meniscal tears.

  • Our findings suggested that APM was an effective medium-term option to relieve pain and recover function in middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscal tears, without obvious OA, and with failed prior physical therapy.

  • Several demographic and radiographic factors were associated with moderate to severe hip joint cartilage injury. Most notably, increased cam severity and borderline dysplasia substantially increased the risk of grade 3-4 acetabular and femoral head cartilage injury, respectively, indicating that specific deformity may drive specific cartilage injury patterns in the hip joint.

British Journal of Sports Medicine (September Vol 17, September Vol 18)

  • Male gymnasts sustained mostly upper limb injuries, while female gymnast reported lower limb injuries.

  • Floor was associated with the greatest number of injuries for both male and female gymnasts.

  • Higher competitive level and exposure to competition were risk factors for gymnastics injury: age, body mass, body size, training duration and life stress were significant associated factors.

  • The cold was indeed a common illness in Team Finland during the Winter Olympic Games. POCT proved to be clinically valuable, especially for influenza. The aetiology of the common cold was identified in most cases.

  • All subjects with influenza (n=6) and 32 close contacts were treated with oseltamivir

  • There are considerable interindividual differences in the response of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and other cardiometabolic traits to a given exercise programme dose.

  • The authors developed this consensus statement on exercise response variability following a symposium dedicated to this topic.

  • Time and impairment-based measures dominated RTS criteria, despite sport being a complex physical and biopsychosocial activity with demands across all aspects of function.

  • Time was included as a criterion in 85% of studies, and over 80% of studies allowed RTS before 9 months.

  • Whether RTS tests are valid—do they predict successful RTS?—is largely unknown.

  • Highly variable- the reported radiographic OA prevalence varied between 0% and 100% >10 years after injury, regardless of follow-up time

  • Active bike commuting improved cardiometabolic health; as did leisure-time exercise. Leisure-time exercise of vigorous intensity conferred more rapid effects on peripheral insulin sensitivity as well as additional effects on cardiorespiratory fitness than did moderate intensity exercise.

Sports Medicine (September 2019)

  • After ACL-R, knee flexion motion and internal knee extension moment are the most affected variables and are consistently smaller in the injured limb during running when pooling evidence. Clinicians should be aware that these deficits do not appear to resolve with time and, thus, specific clinical interventions may be needed to reduce long-term disability.

  • Wearing exercise CS during and following a 10-km treadmill run elevated IMP and reduced muscle tissue oxygenation in the anterior compartment of healthy runners. Furthermore, the use of exercise CS did not prevent early exercise-induced muscle damage, as measured by serum biomarkers..

Sports Health Journal (September/ October 2019)

  • There was a positive trend in 25(OH)D concentrations from higher doses of supplementary vitamin D in military submariners and a possible benefit to bone health when vitamin D was combined with calcium.

  • There are limited head-to-head trials comparing viscosupplementation formulations that differ based on number of injections, and in particular, there is a paucity of trials evaluating single-injection formulations. Based on the currently available data, there appears to be similar efficacy with the possibility for greater cost-effectiveness and less patient inconvenience with single-injection formulations.