Sports care. Travelling with athletes with disabilities: some medical considerations.

Røed K.A., N. Webborn

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Abstract

The increasing profile of competitive sport for people with disabilities has made global travel a common occurrence in disability sport. At the Sydney Paralympics in 2000, 4,032 athletes from 123 countries took part in competition. The British team was comprised of 212 athletes and 120 staff, a substantial number of people for the medical team to take care of. The able-bodied athlete when travelling abroad has to consider the effects of time zone travel and the climatic conditions they may encounter after a long haul flight (1). The athlete with a disability has to consider these, and many other potential complications which may occur 'en route' and could adversely affect competition. Adequate education and preparation of both athletes and their medical support team can help to prevent these complications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalSportex Medicine
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Air Travel
  • Amputation
  • Athletes
  • Disabled
  • Autonomic Dysreflexia - Prevention and Control
  • Blindness
  • Body Temperature Regulation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Communication

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