OPEN ACCESS: Twists, Turns & Entanglement – Complexity and the tricky challenges of sport for the athlete and practitioner

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Philip Glasgow & Stephen Mutch

Complex decision making is a central pillar of working in performance sport. Are players available for training or competition? What is the optimal training content and progression for an athlete? What is the best intervention for the athlete to resolve an injury while supporting performance? These and many other questions are part of any normal day working in sports medicine. This ACPSEM issue of BJSM (figure 1) highlights the complex and changing environment in which practitioners work and encourages us to avoid a simple linear approach but rather seek to synthesise a wide range of factors to help us make better judgements.

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