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Publisher TOR DAVIES BSc (Hons) Editor LYNN BOOTH MCSP Art editor DEBBIE ASHER Advertising manager PAUL HARRIS 020 8287 3312 Sales and marketing SALLY HUMPHRIES BSc (Hons) 020 8287 3312 Subscriptions SANDRA GREATOREX 020 8287 3312


(Physiolife editor) Steve Aspinall

Sophie Cox Dr Bryan English MCSP, MAPA


BSc (podiatry), SRCh, MChS

Dip.Sports Med, DO

Joanne Elphinston BPhty MA, MCSP Viv Lancey


Dr Dylan Morrisey MCSP, MSc. PhD Prof Graham Smith FCSP, SRP Joan Watt


Dr Nick Webborn MRCGP, DipSports Med, MSC

Dr Greg Whyte PhD, BSc (Hons) Welcome

to the Spring edition of sportEX medicine and this Spring, as you will have probably noticed by now, brings a fresh clean look

and feel to sportEX. On page 21 we have asked for a few moments of your time, just to get an update on your views about sportEX medicine and how we can enhance its usefulness, to you as practitioners, in the future. All responses will be entered into a prize draw to win a full year’s online subscription to all Primal Pictures’ Sports Series 3-D anatomy.

One of the main goals in terms of the design changes we have made has been to present our content as clearly and as usefully as possible. Among other things we have introduced quotes which highlight key take home points and a consistent abstract box which outlines what the article seeks to achieve and what it is hoped you will gain from reading it. We have also worked at re- structuring the articles so that there are fewer blocks of solid text and more comprehensive sections. We hope through these changes that the overall look and feel is more up to date and visually stimulating but most of all that the information is easier to read and process and therefore more memorable!

So without further delay please enjoy this latest issue of sportEX medicine. Tor Davies, publisher

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CONTENTS 4Journal watch

6Sudden cardiac death in athletes

This article looks at the background and causes of SCD and the principles of cardiac pre-participation screening

9Support for British world class disabled swimmers

An overview of biomechanics support services currently being provided to elite disabled swimmers


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A look at some of the latest research

14Scapular dyskinesia and

– what is the evidence? A review of the current evidence on both scapular muscle activity in subjects with impingement and the use of taping techniques

shoulder impingement on muscle activity? 18Taping 24PhysioLife Pages from the Physiobase community What is the effect of scapulothoracic taping

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