What do we mean by the term "inflammation"? A contemporary basic science update for sports medicine

Br J Sports Med. 2004 Jun;38(3):372-80. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2004.011312.


Most practicing sports medicine clinicians refer to the concept of "inflammation" many times a day when diagnosing and treating acute and overuse injuries. What is meant by this term? Is it a "good" or a "bad" process? The major advances in the understanding of inflammation in recent years are summarised, and some clinical implications of the contemporary model of inflammation are highlighted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Blood Platelets / physiology
  • Endothelial Cells / physiology
  • Fibroblasts / physiology
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / diagnosis
  • Inflammation / physiopathology*
  • Inflammation / therapy
  • Macrophages / physiology
  • Mast Cells / physiology
  • Monocytes / physiology
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Neutrophils / physiology
  • T-Lymphocytes / physiology


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents