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    Dr Lim Zhuang Li
    • Zhuang Li Lim, Sports and Exercise Physician Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Kuantan, MALAYSIA

    Many thanks for producing the thoroughly enjoyable article on SEM practitioners around the world. We would like to add that SEM in Malaysia has also been well established as a standalone speciality since 2002. The impetus for for kickstarting the speciality was having being appointed the host city for Commonwealth Games 1998 (Kuala Lumpur). Our training programme, was in effect a combined 4 year run-through standalone clinical training, in its inception together with Rehabilitation Medicine originally, of which very early then branched out into an independent Sports Medicine Masters training program in the early 2000s, with on average 4 to 6 trainees a year qualifying out of the program. At the moment, we have approximately nearly 60 practitioners throughout the broader Malaysia with a large number of my contemporaries working within the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Our core service focuses on optimising musculoskeletal health across all spectrum of age and health, performing diagnostic imaging and guided-pain interventional, therapeutic and regenerative procedures, sideline and team physician management, prescriptive exercise clinics and fitness/performance testing, and various collaborative work with public health in being an advocate for healthy living. The training program is indeed quite similar as to how the Australasian and British FSEM curriculum content-wise, and has been traditionally done at the University of Malaya throughout the whole clinical course. Many of...

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    • Volker Scheer, Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant Ultra Sports Science Foundation, Pierre-Benite, France; Univerity UDIMA, Madrid, Spain; RRU RAF Honington, UK
    • Other Contributors:
      • Heinz Lohrer, Orthopedic Suregon, Sports Orthopaedics
      • Nikos Malliaropoulos, Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant
      • Beat Knechtle, General Practitioner

    Dear editor/ dear authors,

    We read with interest your editorial ‘Sport and exercise medicine around the world: global challenges for a unique healthcare discipline’ [1] in BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. We would like to congratulate the authors for bringing the challenges of our speciality back into the spotlight again.

    While Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) may be a modern and more inclusive terminology than sports medicine, many of the challenges of our speciality have remained the same over the years. Societies such as the European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) have championed for years for the advancement of sports medicine/ SEM speciality across Europe by providing education, publishing research, organising congresses, collaborating with other organisations and serving as a source of information to the public [2–4]. ECOSEP has been promoting exercise for prevention and treatment to policy holders, creating post-graduate programmes and seminars to provide further training for physicians and bringing practitioners together, not only with biannual congress but also through promoting professional dialogue and standards [2–4]. Other societies, like the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA) have been champing for a common sports medicine speciality within Europe for over 20 years, providing a detailed curriculum for sports medicine practitioners [5]. Even back then they recognised that sports medicine is a m...

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    The contents reported here do not represent the views of the RRU/ RAF Honington or of UDIMA Madrid in general but of the individual author (VS).