n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Clinical case reporting in sports and exercise medicine : commentary

Volume 23, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



With the emergence of robust clinical research during this century and wide acceptance of the principles of evidence-based medicine, clinical case reports have been regarded with ambivalence. It can be argued that they offer no credible evidence on the rate of clinical events, and no comparison or control group. Furthermore, they are severely limited as a way of understanding risk factors and causes of disease, or efficacy of therapeutic or preventive interventions. Despite these arguments clinicians often prefer to learn from case reports and use them as vehicles for continuing medical education.

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