New investigation into plagiarism allegations against concussion expert Paul McCrory | concussion in sports

The British Journal of Sports Medicine says it is investigating a body of work published by its former editor-in-chief, neurologist Dr Paul McCrory, in light of “additional allegations of plagiarism” against the world-renowned concussion expert.

The peer-reviewed journal will review the four previous consensus statements published by Concussion in Sport Group (CISG), of which McCrory was the lead author, along with a sample of other papers of which he was the first or first author.

McCrory resigned as head of the sale agreement in March after British Journal of Sports Medicine He retracted a 2005 editorial, published when he was editor-in-chief, citing “unlawful and inexcusable copyright infringement” of Professor Steve Hack’s work.

In the ensuing months, it was Accused of copying material in other articles Without attributing he reportedly apologized, Tell website Retraction Watch He requested that the papers in question be withdrawn and that “the errors were not intentional or deliberate.”

It has also become the subject of investigations from AFLwho was a former concussion consultant for a long time, The medical regulator in Australia. McCrory did not respond to questions about the Guardian Australia allegations.

In a statement on its website, the BJSM, published by Britain-based BMJ Group, said it was ready to take action if the additional allegations lead to other cases of plagiarism.

BMJ recently retracted ‘Time Emperors – Measurement and Performance in the Run’, by former BJSM Editor-in-Chief Dr. Paul McCrory, due to what the BMJ Research Integrity Team had established as an illegal and unjustifiable copyright infringement.

“We are aware of additional allegations of plagiarism against Dr. McCrory that have since been made. BMJ and BJSM take these allegations very seriously. The BMJ Research Integrity team is currently examining these allegations and will act accordingly when the investigation is complete.”

McCrory, who is also an honorary partner of the prestigious Florey Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, was the editor-in-chief of BJSM from 2001 to 2008. He has published hundreds of articles in journals including the publication.

“The BMJ Research Integrity Team is investigating all allegations as well as a sample of other papers in which they are first or first author,” the statement read.

“We understand that Dr McCrory has resigned from his leadership position in the Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) as well as his role as part of the Scientific Committee of the International Concussion Conference on Concussion in Sport.

The BJSM has published five iterations of the consensus statement from these consensus conferences (Vienna 2001, Prague 2004, Zurich 2008, Zurich 2012, Berlin 2016). Dr. McCrory is the first author of the last four statements.

“These will also be reviewed by the BMJ Research Integrity team. Whether Dr. McCrory’s actions have affected the content of the prior statements is the purview of the Scientific Committee designated by CISG.”

CISG is an international body of experts that has met every four years since 2001 to provide sports icons around the world with blueprints on how to manage head injuries, and is funded by the International Olympic Committee, FIFA and world rugby among others.

The consensus data it produces has been used to inform concussion management policies in professional leagues including the NFL, World Rugby, and AFLHe is responsible for developing the standard SCAT5 tool that clinicians use to assess head injuries in athletes aged 13 or older.

McCrory is the lead author of four of the five consensus statements, which have been criticized for not reporting strong evidence. The most recent of these statements, made in 2016, do not acknowledge the existence of a “cause-and-effect relationship” between recurrent concussions or sub-concussion effects and chronic neurodegenerative disease.

Last year a group of Academics, researchers, clinicians, and caregivers have argued The Consensus Statement process in the Sale Agreement has consistently reduced risk.

McCrory has been a high-profile spokesperson on concussion in sports globally. He has also on numerous occasions expressed skepticism about the relationship between concussion and CTE, and his resignation has raised questions about the quality of the evidence behind some concussion policies.

Earlier in April, the NFL announced that senior attorney Bernard Quinn QC Will lead an independent review on concussion advice and clinical research provided To the league and its players by McCrory.

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After allegations of plagiarism, there has been a growing push for better research on concussions. a A study published in the Journal of Concussion by researchers in Canada They analyzed the most widely cited statements and guidelines for concussion and found that they were not informed by robust, well-designed clinical trials, known as randomized control trials.

In their analysis, the researchers included those four CISG concussions in the Mathematical Consensus Statements written by McCrory.

“There remain many unanswered questions about how best to prevent, diagnose, manage and treat concussions,” the authors of the analysis wrote.

“A review of the widely cited consensus data on concussion shows that best practices in concussion management remain largely informed by mediocre evidence…Calls have been made for more high-quality evidence in order to form definitive clinical guidelines.”

A separate study led by Monash University in Melbourne published in April found that the brains of Australian amateur soccer players were still recovering two weeks after suffering a concussion.

the study, Published in Sports Medicine Openadds to the growing concern that sports-related concussion guidelines allowing players to return to competition 11 days (NRL) or 12 days (AFL) after they have suffered a concussion may be inadequate.

Associate Professor David Wright, of the university’s Department of Neuroscience, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure structural changes, oxygen consumption and blood flow in the brains of male and female Australian base players with concussions.

The 13 athletes in the study underwent MRI scans after being allowed to return to play after the mandatory 12-day recovery period. They were compared to a group of 16 Australian footballers in the control group who had not experienced a sport-related concussion in the past three months or more.

Although Australian soccer players who had recently suffered a concussion were allowed to play, the study found evidence that the athletes’ brains have not yet fully recovered.

“We found evidence of residual brain white matter injury, as well as a trend of reduced blood flow in the brains of those who had recently had a concussion and were deemed fit to return to play,” Wright said.

White matter changes and frequent head injuries have been linked to the development of mental illness and an increased risk of suicidal ideation. White matter deterioration has also been observed in athletes who do not have other conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, which may explain this, As in the case of the late AFLW player Jacinda Barkley.

A joint article written by neuropathologists and neuroscientists, Published in the Australian Medical Journal After McCrory’s resignation from the sale agreement, he said, “McCrory’s downfall has raised suspicion International consensus guidelines For the management of head injuries in sports, a spotlight has been focused on conflicts of interest in sports medicine within elite/professional sports.”

Co-author of the article, La Trobe University neuroscientist Professor Alan Pearce, said that although the NFL announced a review of McCrory’s work on concussion and medical advice, attitudes about concussions still need to change.

pierce who previously spoke of his difficulties with the NFL when he tried to study the effect of concussions on former playersHe said it was now clear that resolving the symptoms was not enough to clear the concussion player from returning to the field. He said more rigorous research is needed and should be funded to better understand what concussion recovery looks like.