Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray
The University of Edinburgh | UoE · Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC)

FFSEM, RCCP(Glas), MRCGP, MBChB, PgC MSK USS

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Additional affiliations
August 2015 - present
The University of Edinburgh
Position
  • PhD Student
August 2011 - present
European Tour Golf
Position
  • Sports Medicine Consultant
August 2011 - present
Scottish Rugby Union
Position
  • Sports and Exercise Medicine Doctor

Publications

Publications (59)
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Objectives The purpose of this prospective study was to report incidence and transmission of SARS-CoV-2, among professional golfers and essential support staff undergoing risk assessment and enhanced risk reduction measures when considered a close contact as opposed to standard isolation while competing on the DP World Tour during the 2021 season....
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Objectives This pilot study aimed to see whether a risk assessment and risk reduction approach was a practical and feasible approach, as compared with standard isolation for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic persons positive for SARS-CoV-2. Methods This prospective cohort study included all players and caddies participating in two large professional...
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Background Approximately 10% to 20% of patients with joint arthroplasties are golfers. The aim of this study was to assess if being a golfer is associated with functional outcomes, satisfaction or improvement in quality of life (QoL) compared to non-golfers following total knee arthroplasty. Methods All patients undergoing primary total knee arthr...
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Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a clinically beneficial and cost-effective treatment for patients with end-stage hip arthritis.1 Among patients undergoing lower limb arthroplasty, golf is a popular pursuit.2-4 Hip arthritis can limit patients’ ability to play golf, and this can adversely affect quality of life (QoL).5 However, the effect of being a...
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Background: The physical and mental health benefits of golf are well recognized, and as a moderate-intensity activity, it is an ideal sport for patients after joint arthroplasty. Purpose: To assess the rate and timing of returning to golf and the factors associated with these after hip, knee, or shoulder arthroplasty. Study Design: Meta-analysis;...
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Summarising and synthesising the evidence on cricket health and wellbeing can help inform cricket stakeholders and navigate future research directions. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between cricket participation, health and wellbeing at all ages and playing standards, and identify research gaps in the existing litera...
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Background Following conversations with the International Chief Medical Officer Group for Sport, the World Health Organisation Mass Gatherings team, and host public health teams, a risk assessment and managed risk approach was piloted for professional golf at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open 17th to 25th April 2021. Objective The aim of this study wa...
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Background The distribution of professional golfing injuries is poorly understood. Objective The aim of the study was to perform a systematic review to describe the epidemiology of musculoskeletal injuries in professional golfers. Design A systematic review using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guideline...
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Background There is no published data on the incidence or risk of SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission when playing golf, a sport played outdoors where social distancing is possible. Objective The purpose of this prospective study was to report incidence and transmission regarding SARS-CoV-2, of professional golfers competing on the PGA European Tour acr...
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Background Injuries and illnesses represent a health problem affecting athletics athletes’ training and performance. Recently, research on injury and illness epidemiology and risk factors have provided some insights to help implement prevention strategies. The next step is presenting the science, in an engaging form that can assist medical teams, c...
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Objectives The aim of this study was to assess whether a risk assessment and managed risk approach to contact tracing was practical and feasible at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open 2021 and could inform further pilot work regarding disease transmission during elite sporting events. Methods This prospective cohort study included all international atte...
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Objectives There is no published data on the incidence or risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission when playing golf, a sport played outdoors where social distancing is possible. The purpose of this prospective study was to report incidence and transmission regarding SARS-CoV-2, of professional golfers competing on the PGA European Tour across 23 events in...
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Background Golf is a sport played worldwide by >60 million people from a variety of backgrounds and abilities. Golf’s contribution to physical and mental health benefits are becoming increasingly recognised. Countries have adopted a range of restrictions to playing golf during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aims The purpose of this narrative review was to...
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Introduction Rugby football (Union and League) provides physical activity (PA) with related physical and mental health benefits. However, as a collision sport, rugby research and media coverage predominantly focus on injuries in elite players while the overall impact on health and well-being remains unclear. This study aims to provide a greater und...
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Introduction The dissemination of research, and evaluation of its impact is an increasing priority for the scientific community and funders. We take the topic of golf and health and aim to outline processes that may contribute to improved research uptake, use and impact proposing a research impact (RI) tool. We then evaluate our published research...
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Physical Activity is recognised as a major global pandemic and a modifiable risk factor in several health outcomes. Evidence suggests that medical students lack knowledge of the physical activity guidelines. Limited curriculum space and available staff expertise in medical faculty. To address this, a flipped classroom was used to encourage the stud...
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It is no longer enough for researchers to publish their work. Despite vast volumes of high-quality research published, relatively little is disseminated, and even less is applied to clinical practice. In order to maximise impact, researchers and journals must take some responsibility for ensuring that findings are disseminated widely in an engaging...
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Explains the role of Altmetrics in Sports Medicine.
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How to make an engaging infographic
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Infographic. Best investments for physical activity C Schiphorst1, A Murray1,2, P Kelly1, C Oliver1, F Bull3 Physical inactivity may well be THE fundamental public health challenge of our age. Despite compelling evidence on the health benefits of physical activity (PA), the combination of increasing mechanisation, digitisation, motorisation and u...
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Infographics is an abbreviated term for an information graphic. Information is presented in a logical manner, similar to storytelling, using data visualisations, text and pictures.1 Statistically, the most successful infographics, in terms of number of ‘shares’ on social media, contain an average of 396 words2 and a combination of data visualisatio...
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First Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) to deliver and evaluate physical activity promotion Goal :To encourage people to sit less and and be more active in various settings (neighbourhood, school, work, home. • Also teaches how to monitor and set physical activity. https://www.coursera.org/learn/get-active
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Many industries use infographics: business, politics, food, finance, and healthcare, including physical activity promotion. This article describes inforgraphic usage in healthcare.
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The need to increase global levels of physical activity to benefit population health is now incontrovertible.1 ,2 Policy that recommends a voluntary target by countries to reduce global inactivity by 10% by the year 2025 has been adopted by the WHO. Given the compelling argument, and clear aim to increase physical activity, what is required are me...
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Background: Debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms (GIS) and dermatological injuries (DI) are common during and after endurance events and have been linked to performance decrements, event withdrawal, and issues requiring medical attention. The study aimed to determine whether GIS and DI affect food and fluid intake, and nutritional and hydration...
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In little more than a decade, concussion has become one of the biggest issues taxing modern sport. Incidents of apparently concussed athletes in football's World Cup and in recent Six Nations’ rugby matches have generated unparalleled column inches in the press, comment on social media and challenging review articles;1 the clear suggestion is that...
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The many positive benefits of regular physical activity (PA) and resultant increased cardiorespiratory fitness on improved health are widely acknowledged.1 GPs are in a unique position to engage the public in PA given their access across local communities, particularly less healthy populations, older people, and those with lower socioeconomic statu...
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MacAuley and colleagues rightly state that it’s “extraordinary how long mainstream medicine is taking to accept the importance of physical activity.”1 If we are serious about providing the best care for every patient every time, something that is proved to increase happiness, prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, and significantly increa...
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Background: Blisters are the most common dermatologic problem in ultraendurance runners. Their incidence, localization, pain scores, and risk factors in field conditions are poorly understood. Methods: We conducted an observational field-based cohort study during the 5-day multistage 2010 and 2011 Al Andalus Ultimate Trail (219 km). Daily postra...
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Ultramarathon races (i.e., any distance in excess of the standard marathon distance of 42,195 km) have gained popularity in recent years, often taking place in extreme and savage environmental conditions and of human testing the limits . The human body often demonstrates a remarkable adaptation to these challenges, but still overuse endurance and i...
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The aims of this study were to assess the dietary intake and monitor self-reported recovery quality and clinical symptomology of a male ultra-endurance runner who completed a multiday ultra-endurance running challenge covering 4,254 km from North Scotland to the Moroccan Sahara desert over 78 consecutive days. Food and fluid intakes were recorded a...
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Sport and exercise medicine (SEM) physicians are increasingly using musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK US) in their clinical practice, but are they competent to do so? No formal training accreditation programme exists and courses are of variable length and quality. Training standards for other specialties practising MSK US are reviewed in the UK, Euro...
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Physical inactivity's propensity to cause preventable morbidity and mortality grossly is under-recognized by both the public and by health care professionals. If health care professionals are serious about doing the best for every patient every patient visit, then we must be skilled in assessing physical activity levels as well as providing appropr...
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Background: Anecdotal evidence suggests ultra-runners may not be consuming sufficient water through foods and fluids to maintenance euhydration, and present sub-optimal sodium intakes, throughout multi-stage ultra-marathon (MSUM) competitions in the heat. Subsequently, the aims were primarily to assess water and sodium intake habits of recreationa...
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Background Education of health professionals is a key element of the wider strategy to increase society's physical activity levels. To date, no study has directly assessed UK medical students’ knowledge of physical activity guidelines or their ability/willingness to prescribe exercise. Methods A questionnaire survey of final year medical students i...
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Energy and macronutrient intake of ultra-endurance runners (UER n=74; control (CON) n=12) during a 5-days 225km multi-stage ultra-marathon (MSUM) in the heat (Tmax 32-40˚C), were determined through dietary recall interview and analysed by dietary analysis software. Body mass (BM) and urinary ketones were determined pre- and post-stage. Recovery, ap...
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In Scotland we aim to increase life expectancy by 5 years in the next 10 years and decrease health inequalities. These ambitions are bold. If life expectancy trends continue, Scotland will fall further behind the rest of Western Europe. Although premature mortality continues to fall, the trajectory of our improvement is currently more modest than t...
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Since the International Rugby Board (IRB) declared Rugby Union an ‘open’ game thus effectively ushering in professionalism, players have become faster and stronger.1 Force equals mass multiplied by acceleration: logically increased force at collision will lead to more injuries. Surveillance studies and injury databases have provided comprehensive d...
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It is recognised that regular physical activity and a high level of fitness are powerful predictors of positive health outcomes. There is a long and rich history of significant feats of human endurance with some, for example, the death of the first marathon runner, Pheidippides, associated with negative health outcomes. Early studies on endurance r...
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Published rapid response Re: Facilitated physical activity as a treatment for depressed adults
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To record the injuries and health problems suffered by ultramarathon runners during a 219-km, 5-day stage race and to help race organizers plan medical provision for these events. Observational study. Al Andalus Ultra Trail 2010, in southern Spain. All 69 ultramarathon runners. Total numbers and percentages of each clinical encounter with a health...

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Assessment of medical and surgical examination proceses. Curriculum development.