- From time to time it is necessary to adapt journal structures to recent developments within the scientific community. Like many other disciplines, sports medicine and sport science are facing enhanced reporting requirements for scientific publications, expressed in consented guidelines like the CONSORT statement ( http://www.consort-statement.org/media/default/downloads/CONSORT%202010%20Checklist.pdf ). Following them properly, however, may lead to difficulties with low word limits. So far the JSAMS limit was set at 3,000 for original research, and it has probably served well to facilitate concise writing.
- For the November issue, I would like to highlight three papers addressing the topic of physical activity. In the past decades, there has been an increasing interest in physical activity research, with a shift from emphasizing aerobic exercise to the broader concept of physical activity for various health benefits6. Physical activity guidelines describe how much physical activity at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity (MVPA) is needed to achieve these beneficial health effects. Generally, less females than males comply with physical activity guidelines: 85% of girls and 78% of boys, and 32% of women and 23% of men4,5.