Medical care provision at the venue of the weightlifting event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Kohei Ashikaga*, Kihei Yoneyama, Kuniaki Hirayama, Tatsuhiro Suzuki, Ryota Muroi, Rumiko Inoue, Yuki Ishibashi, Junsuke Nakase, Hideaki Takeda, Hiroto Fujiya

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the medical care provided at the venue of the weightlifting event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Methods: We retrospectively evaluated athletes who availed of medical services at the venue during the weightlifting event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In total, 194 athletes participated in the weightlifting competition. Injuries and illnesses were classified into cases handled without physician or cases requiring medical examination by a physician. These were tabulated for each examination location (athlete medical station, field of play [FOP], first-aid station of training floor or warm-up area). Results: Throughout the event, a cumulative total of 132 people used the venue medical services. Nine athletes required medical attention at the athlete medical stations. Of these nine cases, six occurred on the training floor. In the FOP, nine athletes were examined. Two experienced light-headedness, two had knee pain, and the rest had other symptoms. No athletes wanted to undergo medical examination at the athlete medical station. 89 medical procedures were performed in the first-aid station on the training floor, including 52 tapings and 37 ice compressions, and the most frequent body part which needed treatment was the knee, followed by the fingers. At the first-aid station on the match floor, 25 medical procedures were performed, including 17 ice compressions, 5 haemostasis, and 4 tapings. The body parts that most frequently needed treatment were the fingers, knees, and lower legs. Conclusion: Several athletes needed treatment; however, only a few required medical care from a physician.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSport Sciences for Health
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Athletes
  • Competition
  • Olympic Games
  • Weightlifting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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