6 Must Read Journals on Exercise and Injuries

6 Must Read Journals on Exercise and Injuries

An injury could be anything from a twisted ankle, sprained wrist, or any other discomfort that affects your performance or ability to train. Numerous journals about exercise and injuries can provide expert advice on how to prevent different types of injuries, as well as deal with them if they happen anyway. Keeping yourself informed about potential risks and taking special precautions to avoid injuries will help you stay safe while exercising regularly.

I am often asked where I get my information on exercise and injuries.

And I don’t do much reading of books and textbooks. I find the material to be too general, not specific, and out of date.

And I read journals.

I know this sounds boring, but this is the source of all we do.

And I wanted to share with you my best six journals that I lean towards regarding exercise and injuries.

#1 – The American Journal of Sports Medicine


This is one of the granddaddies of journals. It is focused on the sports medicine community and comes out monthly. It has some surgery info and excellent anatomy, injuries, and exercise articles. I would recommend checking it out every month.

Journal Name: The American journal of sports medicine

Journal Abbreviation: Am J Sports Med

Link: http://ajs.sagepub.com/

#2 – Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research


This is what the big boys read. It targets strength and conditioning coaches and comes out every month. This journal has exploded over the last few years. It started as a so-so journal but is mature and is starting to draw prominent researchers and great articles. I know this journal focuses on the athlete population, but still, there are many excellent papers related to exercise and injuries. Many of the concepts of rehabilitation evolved from working with athletes.

Journal Name: Journal of strength and conditioning research

Journal Abbreviation: J Strength Cond Res

Link: http://www.nsca-jscr.org/

#3 – Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal


This journal has too much physiology. This is why it is targeted to exercise physiologists. Despite its high focus on body systems, this monthly journal is excellent for special populations. Often some articles are related to chronic conditions. If you have a client with a chronic disease, make sure to read this.

Journal Name: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal

Journal Abbreviation: Med Sci Sports Exercise

Link: www.ms-se.com/

#4 – Spine


This is one of the big daddies of the journal world. It has been around for a long time and comes out bi-weekly. It has a strong surgery focus and is written for the medical community. I still get a great benefit from it because exercise is critical to preventing and recovering from a back injury. This journal often has an article on exercise and back injuries.

Journal Name: Spine

Journal Abbreviation: Spine

Link: www.spinejournal.com

#5 – The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy


This journal focuses on the fields of musculoskeletal and sports-related rehabilitation, health, and wellness which are many of the people I work with. The journal comes out monthly and targets physical therapists, but I get a lot of value from reading it. It is a paid journal, but some articles open up to the public for download, many of which are keepers.

Journal Name: The Journal of orthopedic and sports physical therapy

Journal Abbreviation: J Orthop Sports Phys Ther

Link: http://www.jospt.org/ 

#6 – Journal of Athletic Training


This is an excellent journal and the best part. It is free. The Journal of Athletic Training comes out every other month and is targeted at athletic therapists. Each issue has a theme and often relates to an injury. Therefore there is a good article on the anatomy and often exercises for that injury. I still find the contents of many of the journal articles of benefit to me.

Journal Name: Journal of athletic training

Journal Abbreviation: J Athl Train

Link: http://journalofathletictraining.org/

This is my list; what is yours?

I would love to hear what journals you read.

Leave a comment and let us know.

Rick Kaselj, MS