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Featured Collection: Injuries in sport

© Hampton University; FlickrHigh level sport is fun to watch, but harder to participate in. Modern Olympic athletes are the best of the best, are gifted, and have dedicated good part of their life to achieve athletic excellence. All this comes at a stiff price: they may suffer from a greater incidence of injury.

This series of articles gathers a series of international experts to give their well-researched views on some of the topics close to our hearts, and, we hope, to the hearts of our readers.

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Editors' profiles

Prof Nicola Maffulli, Editor-in-Chief

Prof Nicola Maffulli is a Consultant at Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Surgeons and is also Chair in Musculoskeletal Disorders in Salerno University School of Medicine, Honorary Chair in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, and has a Visiting Professorship in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Keele University School of Medicine. His particular scientific interests include physiopathology of sports injuries and arthroscopic techniques of the knee, foot and ankle.

Dr John Furia, Deputy Editor

Dr John Furia is a partner in SUN Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Corporation, located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Evangelical Ambulatory Surgical Center, president of the Union County Medical Society, and has served as president of Old Trail Imaging, LLC. Dr Furia practices orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and specialises in the use of shock wave therapy as a treatment for various musculoskeletal and sports medicine disorders.

Featured article: Primary stability of a shoulderless Zweymüller hip stem

In this in vitro study, Bieger et al. investigate a modification of the Zweymüller stem design with reduced proximal lateral shoulder with regard to primary stability. This modification allows tissue and bone sparing surgery to be performed. They conclude that reducing the typical shoulder of the Zweymüller-type stem design does not negatively influence axial stability but might negatively influence rotational stability. However, comparable results still suggest a reasonable resistance against rotational forces.