n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Translation of research : editorial

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



Sports medicine and exercise science has blossomed as a discipline. For example, in the 1960s the understanding of fatigue was restricted to changes in substrates and metabolites that could be measured in a muscle biopsy. The explanation of fatigue revolved around these measurements and interventions were planned using this limited knowledge. Now, over 40 years later, the functioning of the brain and muscles can be measured simultaneously during a bout of exercise and therefore the understanding of fatigue has both broadened and deepened. It goes without saying that the interventions have become more enriched with a much stronger impact. There are many other examples showing that the knowledge database has increased exponentially as the discipline has evolved. However, just like other branches of science, the gap between the knowledge of a topic and the translation of this knowledge into action is still wide.

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