British Journal of Radiology Olympic special feature

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Continuing with our London 2012 Olympic theme the British Institute of Radiology have produced an Olympic special feature looking at the impact and uses of imaging and radiology in sports medicine.

The Olympic medical teams at London 2012 are involved in caring for elite athletes as they prepare for their chance at gold.  The Musculoskeletal Elf has friends in the medical team so a big hello to them. I know that they appreciate access to imaging services such as CT, radiography, ultrasound and MRI facilities as this will provide high quality diagnostic services for our Olympic athletes.

This special issue of the British Journal of Radiology highlights the roles of radiologists, radiographers and clinical staff members who will be helping with the competitors, including the accuracy of diagnosis, how to know when an athlete is ready to return to full training after an injury, the proper screenings to help with an accurate assessment and the technicalities of particular procedures (i.e. injections).

The Olympic special feature includes the following articles:

  • Lower extremity and pelvic stress fractures in athletes
  • Tendon and ligament imaging
  • Imaging of muscle injury in the elite athlete
  • Radiological interventions for soft tissue injuries in sport
  • A physiotherapy perspective of musculoskeletal imaging in sport
  • Imaging in sport and exercise medicine: “a sports physician’s outlook and needs”

Read and enjoy as the content is informative and helpful for the future care of athletes of all levels. It’s only free until the end of August

Do you see elite sportsmen and women with musculoskeletal injuries? What is your view on this special feature?. Will it change your clinical practice? Send us your views on this blog and become part of the Musculoskeletal Elf community.


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Tracey Howe

Hi I am Tracey Howe. I am a Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK and Deputy Chair of Glasgow City of Science. I am also an editor for the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group and a convenor for the Cochrane Health Care of Older People Field. I am a Trustee of the Picker Institute Europe. I started my career as a physiotherapist in the National Health Service in England. I have extensive experience of assessing the quality of research in Universities in the UK and internationally. I enjoy strategic visioning, creative problem-solving, and creating vibrant, multi-disciplinary environments, through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships, that empower others to succeed.

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