6 Must Read Journals on Exercise and Injuries

6 Must Read Journals on Exercise and Injuries

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

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 I find the material to be too general, not specific and out of date.

I read journals.

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

I wanted to share with you my best 6 journals that I lean towards when it comes to exercise and injuries.

#1 – The American Journal of Sports Medicine


This is one of the grand daddy of journals. It is focused on the sports medicine community and comes out monthly. It has some surgery info but it also has great articles on anatomy, injuries and exercise.  I would recommend checking it out on a monthly basis.

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 is targeted to strength and conditioning coaches and comes out every month. This journal has exploded over the last few years. It started off as a so-so journal but has matured and is starting to draw big researchers and great articles. I know this journal focuses on athlete population but still there are a lot of great papers when it relates 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 physiologist. Even with its high focus on systems of the body, this monthly journal is great for special populations. Often times there are articles when it relates to chronic conditions. If you have a client with a chronic condition, make sure to read this.

Journal Name: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal

Journal Abbreviation: Med Sci Sports Exerc

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 do get great benefit from it because a key thing to preventing and recovering from a back injury is exercise. This journal often times has an article on exercise and on 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 fields of musculoskeletal and sports-related rehabilitation, health, and wellness which is many of the people that I work with. The journal comes out monthly and is targeted to physical therapists, but I get a lot of value from reading it. It is a paid journal but some articles they open up to the public for download and many of those are keepers.

Journal Name: The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy

Journal Abbreviation: J Orthop Sports Phys Ther

Link: http://www.jospt.org/


#6 – Journal of Athletic Training


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

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