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On the Paralympics, DLAs, and PIPs

John Pring writes about how disabled people "may be dividing their time over the next fortnight between celebrating the achievements of our wonderfully talented Paralympians, and trying to predict just where the next attack on their rights might come from."

An Olympic legacy for couch potatoes? 

Mary Black asks whether the Olympics and Paralympics will inspire us to exercise more regularly or will it turn us into a nation of couch potatoes?

Move aside Doc Martin - a day in the life of a real village doctor

Sophie Reshamwalla blogs about her experience as an emergency care doctor at the London 2012 Olympic games

Doping in sport - thoughts on another Olympic legacy

Julian Sheather, ethics manager of the British Medical Association, looks at the ethical arguments for and against doping in sport.

Do athletes with prosthetic limbs have an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes?

Abhishek Chitnis asks whether athletes with the latest cutting edge prosthetic limbs have an unfair advantage over able bodied athletes.

Pistorius at the Olympics: the saga continues

Giuseppe Lippi writes "It is not a matter of establishing whether the ‘Blade Runner’ is faster or stronger, it is just the case of establishing what kind of athlete Pistorious is."

The truth about sports drinks

Sports drinks are increasingly regarded as an essential adjunct for anyone doing exercise, but the evidence for this view is lacking.Deborah Cohen  investigates the links between the sports drinks industry and academia that have helped market the science of hydration

How valid is the European Food Safety Authority's assessment of sports drinks?

Matthew Thompson, Carl Heneghan, and Deborah Cohen find worrying deficiencies in the evidence used to support the health claims made for sports drinks

Commentary: Role of hydration in health and exercise 

T D Noakes investigates how humans have been misled to believe that they need to drink to stay "ahead of thirst to be optimally hydrated.

Forty years of sports performance research and little insight gained

Carl Heneghan and colleagues take a critical look at the evidence used to back up claims that Lucozade enhances sporting performance

Miracle pills and fireproof trainers: user endorsement in social media

Adam Smith and Greg Jones investigate the marketing of sports products in social media in the UK and the US

Mythbusting sports and exercise products

Carl Heneghan and colleagues examine the evidence behind the claims made for sports and exercise products

To drink or not to drink recommendations: the evidence

Fluid intake recommendations during exercise have changed substantially over the past half century, Yannis Pitsaladis and Lukas Beis

Physical activity and health: MMXII

What recent progress has been made in the field of physical activity and health research?

Will London's Olympic public health legacy turn to dust?

London won the Olympic bid on the back of a promise to increase young people’s participation in sport. Denis Campbell assesses the likelihood of success

Passport to clean competition

A “biological passport” may deter athletes—and the sports doctors who help them —from using banned substances, finds Kirsten Patrick

Testing athletes, and banning those who take drugs, is unjustifiable

"Fairness" is for the... looking glass world, where the faster you can run, the less you are allows to train

London 2012 - What health impact?

While sport is perhaps the most obvious purpose of the Olympic Games, the public health impact of the Games may stretch well beyond the Games themselves or their traditional ambitions.

Paralympic athlete's health

While sport has value in everyone's life, it is even more important in the life of a person with a disability. This is because of the rehabilitative influence sport can have, on the physical body, and on rehabilitating into society.

What can we learn from asthma in elite athletes?

As Olympic competitors are told they no longer need authorisation for using the most common inhalers, Sophie Arie looks at why asthma seems so common in elite athletes and the lessons that could be of huge benefit to the general public
Richard Budgett: Olympic challenge
The thousands of athletes descending on London in 2012 will need health care as well as sporting facilities. Rebecca Coombes talks to Richard Budgett, the man in charge of providing it, about the public health legacy, anti-doping measures, and McDonalds sponsorship

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Professional code of ethics in sports medicine
Provides ethical and legal guidance for sports and exercise medicine practitioners
How will we know if the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics benefit health?
By measuring directly attributable effects in addition to opportunity costs