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Can the EAT-Lancet ‘Planetary Health Diet’ save patients and the planet? Episode #365

Traditionally, sports medicine may have focussed on joints and tendons and muscles, but, as with medicine more widely, nutrition is now being properly recognised as an essential aspect of health. Food is a very strong lever to improve human health and environmental sustainability on earth. However, food is currently threatening both people and planet. The food we eat, the ways we produce it, and the amounts wasted or lost affect us all – athletes, patients and clinicians. On this BJSM...


How to encourage translational research among our peers? The Collaborative Research Network. #364

Is it possible to support small, individual clinicians with an interest for research, while also encouraging collaborative research from major medical centers and teaching hospitals? These topics and others are explored on this episode of the AMSSM Sports Medcast. Host Dr. Devin McFadden, MD is joined by a panel which includes Dr. Anthony Beutler, MD, Dr. Andrew Peterson, MD, and Dr. Stephanie Kliethermes, PhD who help form a portion of the AMSSM’s Collaborative Research Network leadership....


Making exercise trials more useful with Professor John Ioannidis. Episode #363

We have known for a long time that exercise is effective in lowering blood pressure. But how does it stack up against antihypertensive medication? On this episode, Dr. John Ioannidis joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (T: @ddfriedman) to discuss his recently published BJSM meta-analysis that made headlines around the world Dr Ioannidis is recognised as one the most influential scientists alive today. A Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford...


Bumping up physical activity throughout pregnancy. Episode #362

Did you know that fewer than 15% of women will actually achieve the minimum recommendation of 150 min per week of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout their pregnancy? Meeting the recommendation can reduce the risk of pregnancy-related illness such as depression by at least 25%, and the risk of developing gestational diabetes, hypertension and preeclampsia by 40%! So why are some clinicians still scared to prescribe physical activity to soon-to-be-mums? On this week’s episode, Dr....


Comparing exercise and drugs for hypertension with Dr Huseyin Naci. Episode #361

Did you know that one in four people have hypertension? And with recent changes to diagnostic criteria in major clinical practice guidelines, the prevalence is only going to increase. With concerns about the cost, effectiveness, and potential for side effects of antihypertensive drugs, isn’t it time we looked beyond the pharmacy shelves to lower blood pressure? On this episode, Dr. Huseyin Naci PhD (T: @huseyinnaci2) joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (T:@ddfriedman) to discuss his recently...


Regenerative medicine: Game changing innovation or the next big flop? Episode #360

Host Dr. Devin McFadden, MD is joined by Dr. Lisa Fortier, DVM, PhD on the AMSSM Sports Medcast to discuss regenerative medicine technologies and the current evidence for their use. Dr. Fortier is a Professor of Surgery at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York, with a particular interest in translational research including the prevention of post- traumatic osteoarthritis. In addition, her internationally renowned research investigates the clinical application...


Busting nutrition myths with Dr. Zoë Harcombe PhD. Episode 358

What should we eat in order to stay healthy and avoid disease? Nutrition is one of the biggest drivers of chronic disease, including obesity and diabetes, yet the answer to this seemingly simple question remains a subject of heated debate. On this week’s episode, Dr. Zoë Harcombe (@zoeharcombe) joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (@ddfriedman) to address some common nutrition myths. Zoë has a PhD in public health nutrition. The full title of her thesis is: “An examination of the randomised...


An A-Z of Sports Cardiology, with Prof Jon Drezner. Episode #357

Professor Jon Drezner, a world authority on Sports Cardiology and vastly experienced Sport & Exercise Medicine physician, kindly gives us his time on this BJSM podcast to fill us in on updates in the Sports Cardiology world. Covering everything from high-risk groups, to the subsequent management of ‘positive’ screening results, this podcast will ensure that the listener is very much up-to-date with the latest research & developments in Sports Cardiology. For more information & a deeper-dive...


It’s all about the shoes…well, maybe not. Episode #356

Minimalist? Maximalist? Zero drop? Is there really one running shoe paradigm to rule them all? On this week’s episode, Dr. Chris Napier PhD (T: @runnerphysio) and Paul Blazey (T: @Blazey85) joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (T:@ddfriedman) to debate running shoe prescription. Chris is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, where he recently obtained his his PhD (“Running biomechanics and injury prevention”) in 2018. Since...


AMSSM Sports Medcast - FAI and hip dysplasia: two ends of an overlapping spectrum. Episode #355

Is this a dysplasia problem? Or is this an impingement problem? Did you know that a young adult with a non-arthritic hip problem sees an average of 4.2 health care providers before a diagnosis of impingement is made?! On this week’s podcast, Dr J.W. Thomas Byrd MD (T:@nashvillehipmds) joins AMSSM’s Sports Medcast (T: @TheAMSSM) to discuss femoroacetabular impingement and hip dysplasia. Dr. Byrd founded the Nashville Hip Institute to help treat patients with complex hip disorders using...


Knowledge translation with Dr Sandro Demaio. Episode #354

Knowledge translation with Dr Sandro Demaio. Episode #354 There are over 1.5 million papers published each year…but as many as 50% of them are never read by anyone other than their authors, referees and journal editors. How can we move research from the laboratory, the academic journal, and the medical conference into the hands of people and organisations who can put it to practical use? On this week’s podcast, Dr Sandro Demaio (@SandroDemaio) joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (@ddfriedman) to...


Sham surgery for shoulder impingement

Management of shoulder pain has been estimated to account for 4.5 million visits to the doctor and $3bn (£2.3bn; €2.6bn) each year in the US alone. 44-70% of patients with shoulder pain are diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome. Although various non-operative treatment modalities are recommended as initial treatment for patients with shoulder impingement, subacromial decompression has become one of the most frequently performed orthopaedic procedures in the world...BUT DOES IT...


An Update on Injury Prevention Programmes, and #SportSuisse2018, with Mario Bizzini. #352

We catch up with BJSM Deputy Editor, Physiotherapist and hugely influential researcher Mario Bizzini. We discuss everything from the evidence behind injury prevention programmes, maximising their implementation, and the upcoming #SportSuisse2018 Links below: JOSPT Clinical Guideline Knakentroll (Swedish Group) - FIFA11+...


Lifestyle management of type 2 diabetes #351

Type 2 diabetes is a complex systems disease, caused by interactions between lifestyle and genes. It is an illusion to believe that it can be cured by medication. Lifestyle change should always be at the heart of treatment. Hanno Pijl is an internist-endocrinologist and professor of Diabetology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) In Leiden, The Netherlands. He co-authored over 250 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, primarily related to obesity and type 2 diabetes. He has...


Preventing overdiagnosis in 2018 with Dr Ray Moynihan Episode # 350

Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure? What are the downsides? What happens if I do nothing? And are there simpler, safer alternatives? Dr. Ray Moynihan (@raymoynihan) joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (@ddfriedman) to discuss the growing problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and what is being done to wind back the harms of too much medicine. Ray is an Australian academic, author and award-winning health journalist who completed his PhD on overdiagnosis in 2015 at the Centre...


Talking physical activity and Golf and health, with Dr Andrew Murray. Episode #349

We were thrilled to catch up again with Dr Andrew Murray, the recently appointed Chief Medical Officer to the PGA European Tour, European Tour Performance Institute, and Ryder Cup Europe. He is universally known for his work promoting physical activity for health, his ultra-endurance challenges, and for leading the ‘Golf and Health project’. In this podcast he covers everything from the health benefits of golf, how to produce a consensus statement, the WHO’s GAPPA, to how to overcome various...


Low carb vs low fat diet for type 2 diabetes. Episode #348

Contrary to the long held contention that low fat diets are best for people with type 2 diabetes (DM2), the totality of current evidence suggests that low carb diets are at least as effective in ameliorating metabolic health in DM2. In fact, low carb seems to be somewhat better, particularly in the short to medium term, although the evidence is of moderate certainty. On this week’s episode Prof Hanno Pijl (@HannoPijl) and dr Esther van Zuuren (@Ezzoef) join Dr Aseem Malhotra...


Time to get real about childhood obesity with Dr Sandro Demaio. Episode #347

Did you know that the worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016? In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults and more than 340 million children were classified as overweight or obese. At the individual level and in our modern, obesogenic world, weight gain has become the norm—the biological and social path of least resistance. On this week’s podcast, Dr Sandro Demaio (@SandroDemaio) joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (@ddfriedman) to discuss childhood obesity and public health...


The demonisation of dietary fats and saturated fat: villain or hero? Episode #346

Is saturated fat good or bad? But doesn’t it cause cardiovascular disease? And what about the guidelines? On this week’s episode, Dr. Zoë Harcombe (@zoeharcombe) joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (@ddfriedman) to discuss the takeaways from The BMJ’s Food For Thought conference 2018 ( and the demonisation of dietary fats. Zoë has a PhD in public health nutrition. The full title of her thesis is: “An examination of the randomised controlled trial and...


The truth behind sports drinks. Episode #345

Did you know that a regular bottle of Gatorade contains 34g of sugar? That’s over 8 teaspoons of sugar! The WHO recommends that <10% of our daily energy should come from free sugars. For an adult consuming 2000 calories daily, this equates to a recommended limit of roughly 50 grams, or 12 teaspoons. On this week’s episode, Dr. Deborah Cohen (@deb_cohen) joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman(@ddfriedman) to reveal the shocking truth behind sports drinks and the industry’s ties to sporting...