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Unravelling confusion in sports medicine and sports science practice: a systematic approach to using the best of research and practice-based evidence to make a quality decision

Ardern, Clare L; Dupont, Gregory; Impellizzeri, Franco M; O�Driscoll, Gary; Reurink, Guus; Lewin, Colin; McCall, Alan


Clare L Ardern

Gregory Dupont

Franco M Impellizzeri

Gary O�Driscoll

Guus Reurink

Colin Lewin


One of the challenges of working in professional sport is the constant pressure to be innovative, to adopt new strategies, techniques and technologies to gain that all important competitive advantage. Players, managers and chief executive officers feel the pressure to perform and win matches—often this manifests as a perception of needing to accumulate all those marginal gains possible and fear of missing out, that is, another team has a cryotherapy chamber, so we should too, even if it may not be effective. The medical and performance team feel pressure to provide these so-called ‘one-percenters’ that players and managers and even the Board can obsessively chase. In this process, practitioners often come up against charismatic forces hawking the next silver bullet, magic potion or black box that will claim to win games, improve performance, enhance recovery and predict injury or talent.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 11, 2019
Publication Date Jan 11, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2019
Journal British Journal of Sports Medicine
Print ISSN 0306-3674
Electronic ISSN 1473-0480
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 1
Pages 50-56
Keywords Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation; Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; General Medicine
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