The Summer of 2013-14

July 5, 2014

THE SUMMER OF 2013-14 My last diary was written in November as I was returning to Australia for the summer of cricket. We had lost The Ashes 3-0 in England, but we certainly did not feel that the scoreline reflected the difference between the two teams and everyone was looking forward to playing the Poms…

The Ashes and all that

November 19, 2013

One of my abiding memories of my now distant childhood was lying in bed at night with my transistor radio (those of you under 30 ask your parents what they are) next to me on the pillow listening to the Test match commentary from such exotic sounding places as Trent Bridge, Old Trafford and of…

How do I decide how to treat?

May 10, 2013

HOW DO I DECIDE HOW TO TREAT The decision on how to treat a particular condition is sometimes very clear. For that particular condition e.g. a bacterial infection, there is a treatment e.g. specific antibiotic, that is simple, safe and effective in nearly every case. In musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine, frequently it is not clear which…

Surviving 30 Years on the road as a Team Physician

April 2, 2013

I realised the other day that it was thirty years since I did my first overseas tour as a team doctor (World University Games, Edmonton, Canada 1983). Since then I have lost count of the number of trips that I have done with a succession of Australian national sporting teams (swimming, athletics, field hockey, soccer…

2012 CONSENSUS CONFERENCE ON CONCUSSION IN SPORT

November 6, 2012

The 4th Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport took place last week in Zurich, Switzerland. Previous conferences have been held in 2001 in Vienna, in 2004 in Prague and in 2008 also in Zurich. This year’s conference was held under the auspices of the IOC, FIFA, International Rugby Board (IRB), the International Ice Hockey Federation…

HONORARY IRISH FELLOWSHIP

October 14, 2012

Recently I was honoured to be invited by the Irish Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine to attend their annual conference in Dublin and to accept an Honorary Fellowship. The conference itself was held over two days at the College of Surgeons and was excellent. I spoke in a seminar in stress fractures. The conference quality was…

BMA Book of the Year

October 14, 2012

Recently I was fortunate to attend the BMA Book of the Year award held in London. The fourth edition of our book Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine had been nominated in the Medicine category which seemd to be a category for books that did not fit into any other category!! The finalists were Unfortunately we…

Sporting Icons

August 27, 2012

SPORTING ICONS During the London Olympics, the day after Usain Bolt’s 200 metre victory, I was chatting to my old friend and colleague Chris “Rab” Wardlaw, athletics coach, educationalist and astute observer of life. He raised the question “Is Usain Bolt bigger than Muhammad Ali”. The conversation then led to the question ”Who are the…