The 2004 olympic games: Physiotherapy services in the olympic village polyclinic

Spyridon Athanasopoulos, Eleni Kapreli, Aikaterini Tsakoniti, Konstantinos Karatsolis, Konstanrinos Diamantopoulos, Konstantinos Kalampakas, Demetrios G. Pyrros, Costas Parisis, Nikolaos Strimpakos

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    Objective: First, to document the injuries sustained during the 2004 Olympic Games in a sample of patients visiting the physiotherapy department of the Olympic Village polyclinic. Second, to provide information and data about the physiotherapy services for planning future Olympics and other mass gatherings. Design: Observational study. Setting: Olympic Village polyclinic. Participants: 457 patients aged 15-72 years visited the physiotherapy department from 30 July through 30 August. Results: The department's workload was at a peak during the last 15 days of the Olympic Games (periods B and C). The most common injuries were overuse injuries (47.3%). The most common pathology for physiotherapy attendance was myofascial pain/muscle spasm (32.5%), followed by tendinopathy (19.2%) and ligament sprain (18.7%). The most prevalent site of injury was the thigh (21%), followed by the knee (14.1%) and the lumbar spine (13.5%). Most injuries had symptoms of
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)603-609
    Number of pages6
    JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


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