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Use of psychotropic substances among elite athletes – a narrative review

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Exner J, Bitar R, Berg X, Pichler EM, Herdener M, Seifritz E, Claussen MC
Swiss Med Wkly. 2021;151:w20412

Knowledge on the underlying causes and patterns of substance use, as well as the prevalence of substance use disorders in professional sports, is still limited. High prevalence of various substances (i.e., nicotine, prescription opioids) may indicate potentially harmful patterns of use, requiring further research. Specific preventive and therapeutic concepts for the treatment of substance use disorders in elite athletes should be developed.

Long-term evaluation of the distal transverse plantar approach for Morton’s neuroma excision

Original article
Ngo THNN, Traverso A, Chopra S, Hassani H, Crevoisier X
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20347

The transverse plantar approach results in good objective outcome scores, including scar healing, in the long term. It offers optimal visualisation of the nerve, does not require deep dissection and allows the exposure of two adjacent web spaces of the foot through a single incision.

Changes in injury incidences and causes in Swiss amateur soccer between the years 2004 and 2015

Original article
Gebert A, Gerber M, Pühse U, Faude O, Stamm H, Lamprecht M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14690

Injury prevention in amateur soccer has been promoted in recent years, but few studies have addressed long-term changes in injury rates. Better knowledge of changes in injury incidences and causes could help improve prevention strategies.

A mini-overview of single muscle fibre mechanics: the effects of age, inactivity and exercise in animals and humans

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Jee H, Kim JH
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14488

Muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass are important social issues in an aging population. One of the safest and most effective ways to delay and prevent the negative effects of aging and inactivity is physical exercise.

The treatment of iron deficiency without anaemia (in otherwise healthy persons)

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Clénin GE
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14434

Iron is not only important for the storage and transport of O2, but also plays many other vital roles, Hence, detection and treatment of iron depletion, even in the absence of anaemia, is crucial.

Adapting the "Chester step test" to predict peak oxygen uptake in children

Original article
Maggio ABR, Vuistiner P, Crettenand A, Tabin R, Martin XE, Beghetti M, Farpour-Lambert NJ, Deriaz O
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14435

Good cardiorespiratory fitness in youth is associated with a lower risk of myocardial infarction in later life. Measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness is necessary to assess the future risk of disease and evaluate physical activity programmes.

Prevalence of abnormal electrocardiograms in Swiss elite athletes detected with modern screening criteria

Original article
Perrin T, Trachsel LD, Schneiter S, Menafoglio A, Albrecht S, Pirrello T, Eser P, Roten L, Gojanovic B, Wilhelm M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2016;146:w14376

In recent years, a number of recommendations for ECG interpretation in athletes have aimed to improve specificity without losing sensitivity.

Current opinion: where are we in our understanding and treatment of osteoarthritis?

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Poole AR
Swiss Med Wkly. 2016;146:w14340

Ultraviolet radiation protection and skin cancer awareness in recreational athletes: a survey among participants in a running event

Original article
Christoph S, Cazzaniga S, Hunger RE, Naldi L, Borradori L, Oberholzer PA
Swiss Med Wkly. 2016;146:w14297

Iron deficiency in sports – definition, influence on performance and therapy

Review article
Clénin G, Cordes M, Huber A, Schumacher YO, Noack P, Scales J, Kriemler S
Swiss Med Wkly. 2015;145:w14196

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