Some interesting questions for debate! (Student focussed!)

As we launch a new term of sports medicine teaching at the University of British Columbia,  here is a list of ‘hot topics’ relevant to Human Movement Studies courses, Kinesiology courses and physio courses. We’ll keep you apprised of the best parts of the discussion in the course! Although statements may be phrased as ‘assertions’ that is just like a debate title. Please don’t quote me as ‘believing’ all the things listed here!

  • Athletes should drink ahead of thirst to perform better and prevent heatstroke
  • An ACL reconstruction in an athlete will help prevent OA in later life
  • ACL injuries can be prevented by 30-50% in at-risk populations
  • Hamstring injuries can be prevented in football (soccer)
  • Knee arthroscopy in 55- year olds can improve quality of life and delay the need for arthroplasty
  • Adequate hydration and salt balance prevents exercise-associated cramps
  • The second impact syndrome is a potential cause of death if an athlete within a week of having concussion
  • What is the optimum dose of physical activity for health?
  • Physical education in schools  is a good way of ensuring that children meet the guidelines for physical activity
  • Personal motivation and circumstances  are more important than the built environment in promoting physical activity behaviour
  • Olympic champions are born and not made
  • Doctors are not vulnerable to financial influence when undertaking research and reporting their findings
  • Personalized medicine is an exciting advance and likely will do more for human health in the next 20 years than will physical activity promotion.
  • How much does physical inactivity contribute to noncommunicable disease burden compared with smoking or other known risk factors like diabetes or obesity?
  • To convince people to change behaviour, data are more important than stories or emotion
  • What does the term ‘evidence’ mean in the term ‘evidence-based practice’; What are the “levels of evidence?”
  • Carter racing team –
  • If you wanted to know the answer to a medical question – such as whether a treatment was effective, how would you go about that? For example, whether you should have a PRP injection for Achilles tendinopathy?
  • Advil and other anti-inflammatory medication can help cure Achilles tendinitis and allow players to perform better in a season.
  • Resistance training in people aged >65 years can demonstrably improve their cognitive function compared with folks who don’t exercise.
  • People who are fat (BMI>30) and fit (treadmill test, not in bottom 20%) are LESS at risk of death than people who are normal weight (BMI<25) and unfit (bottom 20% on treadmill test).

One Response to Some interesting questions for debate! (Student focussed!)

  1. Kari says:

    The hydration guidelines from ACSM can be found at:
    There is also information about the effects of dehydration on performance, hyponutremia, and signs that can help to identify if you are dehydrated.