Welcome to our latest Horizons round-up.

As another challenging year approaches its conclusion, we continue to admire and appreciate the resilience of our members and their colleagues, while still managing to provide some lighter moments. We can relate to this tweet about life in general https://twitter.com/DShadowgazer/status/1449065674840629262 and we always appreciate a medical joke https://twitter.com/LadyInterlocks/status/1447890051526918145

Hands up who can view this clip without a mix of respect and wincing at the future of the athlete’s knees? https://twitter.com/CoachNickNewman/status/1447676089384439808

And if that has made you feel tired just to watch, you’ll relate to those moments when an extra hour of sleep seems like the ultimate gift https://twitter.com/britishswimming/status/1454538619578892293

In the meantime, here are some of the research and articles that caught our attention in October.

Research, Articles and Podcasts


Shoulder Pain – Early versus delayed active range of motion after open subpectoral biceps tenodesis https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/23259671211026619

Orthopaedic Research – From study to scalpel: knowledge translation for research in orthopaedic surgery https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/10/27/bjsports-2021-104406

Injury Prevention – Do exercise-based prevention programmes reduce non-contact musculoskeletal injuries in football (soccer)? A systematic review and meta-analysis https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/55/20/1170

Knee Osteoarthritis – Autologous stem cell therapy: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/55/20/1161

Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy – Should exercise interventions be the mainstay in the management of the condition? https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2021/02/08/should-exercise-interventions-be-the-mainstay-in-the-management-of-lateral-elbow-tendinopathy/

Low Back Pain – Effectiveness of treatments for acute and subacute mechanical non-specific low back pain: a systematic review with network meta-analysis https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/10/21/bjsports-2020-103596


Atrial Fibrillation – Risk in athletes: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/55/21/1233

Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Socioeconomic factors and outcomes from exercise-related sudden cardiac arrest in high school student-athletes in the USA https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/10/28/bjsports-2021-104486


Concussion – Do physical interventions improve outcomes following concussion? A systematic review and meta-analysis. https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/09/29/bjsports-2020-103470?rss=1

Concussion Management – Avoiding a red card: recommendations for a consistent standard in professional football (soccer) https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/09/27/bjsports-2021-104796

Concussion in Para Athletes – One size doesn’t fit all https://sirc.ca/blog/concussion-in-para-athletes/

Mental Health Management – Consensus statement: The role of club doctors in Australian rules football: a Delphi study https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/10/17/bjsports-2021-104388

Depression and Elective Hip Arthroscopy – Association between comorbid depression and rates of postoperative complications, readmissions, and revision arthroscopic procedures post arthroscopy https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/23259671211036493


Sleep – A podcast that explores the importance of sleep for elite footballers https://soundcloud.com/user-951858569/importance-of-sleep-for-elite-footballers?si=78204ef7594e45728f895a308bb4598d

PRISMA – Consensus statement: Implementing the 27 PRISMA 2020 Statement items for systematic reviews https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/10/08/bjsports-2021-103987

RTP – Symptom cluster associated with prolonged return-to-play in symptomatic athletes with acute respiratory illness (including COVID-19): a cross-sectional study https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/55/20/1144?rss=1

SARS-CoV-2 – Risk of transmission from on-field player contacts in amateur, youth and professional football (soccer) https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/10/17/bjsports-2021-104441

Heat Stroke – Prehospital management at sports competitions for Paralympic athletes https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/10/27/bjsports-2021-104786

Dates for Your Diary

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST- reflections and lessons learnt from experts – Online, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 18:50 (GMT) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sudden-cardiac-arrest-reflections-and-lessons-learnt-from-experts-tickets-197002809707?keep_tld=1

7th ECOSEP CONGRESS Sports Medicine and Science: Facts for the Future – Athens, 19-20th November 2021 http://www.ecosep21.com/

SSPA 19th Annual Conference: Women and Sports – Online, 19th November 2021 https://sportfisio.ch/symposium/

IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport – Monaco, 25-27 November https://ioc-preventionconference.org/

ACSEP VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2021: Ahead of The Game – Challenges in SEM – Online, Dec 3-4 https://www.acsep.org.au/page/events/2021-annual-scientific-conference

The 18th Turkish Sports Medicine Congress – Online, 3rd to 5th December 2021. Virtual conference.  https://twitter.com/FimsOrg/status/1445035785749729291

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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 not imply endorsement.

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