Despite the additional obvious challenges, Tokyo 2020 has been another glorious celebration of sporting excellence, with an impressive haul of medals for Team GB.🏅 While we catch our collective breath and await the Paralympic Games, here’s our round-up of some of the articles and content that caught our eye in July.

Research, Articles and Podcasts


Achilles Tendinopathy – A Dutch evidence-based overview of the risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, imaging, treatment and prognosis

Low Back Pain – A 2021 consensus statement for preventing and managing low back pain in elite and sub-elite adult rowers

Primary Cam Morphology – A study to introduce and clarify the concept when not clearly associated with disease


Sudden Cardiac Death in Sport – A podcast with leading Cardiologist, Professor Sanjay Sharma

ECG interpretation – International criteria for electrocardiographic interpretation in athletes: Consensus statement

Heart Rate Variability – Fractal correlation properties of HRV as a biomarker of endurance exercise fatigue in ultramarathon runners


Brain Health – A new study suggests professional rugby may be associated with changes in brain structure

Mouthguards – Is it time to mandate their use in all contact sports?


Injury Prevention – Knowledge, beliefs and strategies in elite female footballers at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

Gender Affirming Hormones – What are the effects on athletic performance in transwomen and transmen? Implications for sporting organisations and legislators

Hormone Intelligence – Applying artificial intelligence techniques to modelling female hormones for dancers, athletes and exercisers

COVID-19 – Clinical patterns, recovery time and prolonged impact of illness in international athletes: the UK experience

SARS-CoV-2 in South Korea – Physical activity and the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, severe COVID-19 illness and COVID-19 related mortality: a nationwide cohort study

Training and Competing in the Heat – A summary of the main information to protect athlete health

Rest vs Reps: Getting this pre-season right after a year of fitness issues in football

Athlete Mental Health – Depression assessment: Challenges and treatment strategies in the athlete

Resource Round-Up

Some websites, podcasts and resources you might find useful:

ECG Interpretation in Athletes – Six open access ECG training modules from the University of Washington in collaboration with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians

Dates for Your Diary

SSPA 19th Annual Conference: Women and Sports – 19th November

BOA Annual Congress  – Aberdeen,  21st-24th September 2021

FIMS WORLD CONGRESS OF SPORTS MEDICINE – Athens & online, 23-26th September 2021

Teachings of Tokyo: Reflecting on the 2021 Olympic Games – Mon 27 Sep 2021, 3:00pm to 8:00pm, Royal Society of Medicine and online

7th ECOSEP CONGRESS – Sports Medicine and Science: Facts for the Future – 19-20th November 2021, Athens

SSPA 19th Annual Conference: Women and Sports – 19th November 2021

And Finally…

Once again, our industry colleagues provided some lighter moments… 😁

There are some days when we just fail to switch off…

And others where the view from the office just can’t be improved upon

Which makes up for days like these…

Do let us know your feedback, and any suggestions you have for websites, apps or networks for inclusion in future bulletins.

DISCLAIMER: Horizons is intended as a helpful round-up for members of potentially interesting articles/opinions that have been shared online. SEMPRIS are not qualified to make/infer any clinical judgements, and the inclusion of content, events and resources does imply endorsement.

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