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Publisher TOR DAVIES BSc (Hons)

Art editor DEBBIE ASHER Sub editor ALISON SLEIGH Journal watch BOB BRAMAH

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COMMISSIONING EDITORS Brad Hiskins - Australia & NZ Whitney Lowe - USA & Canada Humphrey Bacchus - UK & Europe Glenn Withers - Worldwide Dr Marco Cardinale - Worldwide Dr Thien Dang Tan - USA & Canada Joseph Brence, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT, DAC


Bob Bramah MCSP, MSMA Paula Clayton Stuart Hinds Rob Granter Michael Nichol



Joan Watt MCSP, MSMA Dr Greg Whyte PhD, BSc (Hons)

BSc (BASRaT), MSc MSc, FA Dip, Mast STT


JAN 2014

When I published the first issue of sportEX medicine, 14 years ago, the mission was simple; to produce a journal that bridged the gap between “the findings and the doing”, or more specifically turning the research into practice.

We’ve had our fair share of academics turn their noses up at sportEX for not being a pure research journal. In fact we’ve lost out on a couple of professional association subscription deals, because the powers that be believed research journals were more important to their members, than something which translated that research into information that helped them do their jobs more effectively and with less mental effort (I wonder how many took the time to consult the people paying the member subs about what they would prefer?).

But the tide is turning because the pressure to do more with less, both time and money, is unrelenting. Research is fundamentally and critically important, we all know that, but it’s what you do with it that matters. This is why we’re focusing on forging alliances with like-minded people such as Joseph Brence, our US research reviewer, who from the April issue onwards will become a commissioning editor, with his own dedicated section. If you are like-minded and have a access to a pool of practitioners committed to turning evidence into practice, and are interested in a similar arrangement then get in touch (

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CONTENTS 4 Journal watch

The latest key research 8 Research analysis

Two detailed reviews on turning evidence into practice

10 Psychology of sports injury Getting athletes back to play

In the meantime enjoy the issue. Tor Davies, physio-turned publisher and sportEX founder

16 Hamstring injuries in football 23 Taping: evidence or hype? 28 Case Study

Part 1: Assessment, diagnosis and prognosis

The treatment of patellofemoral pain with taping

Management of acute patella dislocation TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SPORTEX VISIT

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