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Experts discuss athletes' injuries ahead of London 2012

2012-05-31 09:26:00 IOC

30 May 2012 - This week 140 experts from 28 countries will gather in Oslo, Norway, to discuss challenges related to their work with high-level athletes in a team sports setting. With less than two months to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games, the 4th IOC Advanced Team Physician Course offers the opportunity to address controversial topics where agreement may not exist and to present new evidence on diagnosis and treatment.

Over three days, 25 experienced speakers will talk about topics ranging from “Working as a team physician – challenges and strategies” to “The underperforming athlete: causes and management” and special injury patterns. The programme has been developed further since previous editions, featuring pre-prepared clinical cases to foster interactivity and participation.

The course has been jointly organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center and Olympiatoppen.

Lars Engebretsen, consultant to the IOC’s Medical and Scientific Department and member of the Programme Committee, said: “We all know about the many health benefits of sport, but we are also aware that sport – and especially high-level sport - has an inherited risk of injury. Protecting the health of the athletes has been the IOC’s number one priority for a long time. By gathering together team physicians and experts in this field, we want to enable an exchange of expertise that should ideally result in optimal treatment of injuries with high-level athletes, a reduced risk and an increased prevention.”

Dr Frederik S. Bendiksen, Chairman of the Organising Committee, said: “The aim is that the experienced delegates leave the 4th IOC Advanced Team Physician Course better prepared to deal with challenging injuries, helping our athletes to improve their ultimate outcome when injured”.

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