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Head trauma in aquatic sports

The short term consequences of a first or second head injury can lead to death in the unprotected athlete and early mental impairment as the athlete reaches their 40s and 50s. Physicians and trainers must err on the side of health and safety when these players are returned to action while coaches and players need to be educated and understand the rational that watchful waiting is the treatment of choice and avoid the temptation to return an athlete too early.

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Low Back Pain in Elite Competitive Swimmers

This paper will look at low back pain and disc disease in the elite athlete swimmer. It will show that the higher the intensity, duration and the distance that an athlete swims, the greater the risk for lumbar disc disease. Since such injuries can not only cause pain, impair performance and end careers, one must use a multidisciplinary health team when facing the low back injury in the aquatic sports. It is imperative to remember that to maintain a healthy back in the aquatic sports and prevent injury, one must do regular strength and flexibility exercises, as well as maintain good cardiovascular health.

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Maintaining Health - “The Best Prevention of Chronic Injuries”

The key to treating chronic injuries is in their prevention. Medical science dedicates enormous resources to the diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, yet the optimal answer lies in prevention. When addressing prevention, several basic considerations are important and yet are quite simple.

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13th FINA World Championships - Rome 2009: Injury & Illness Prevention Study

The protection of the aquatic athletes’ health by preventing injuries is an important task for the FINA Sports Medicine Committee. FINA Medical Rules: Preamble Item 1.0: “FINA, in accomplishing its mission, should take care that sport is practised without danger to the health of the athletes ... To that end, it takes the measures necessary to preserve the health of athletes and to minimise the risks of physical injury.”

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13th FINA World Championships - Rome 2009: Medical & Anti-Doping Programs

“Hold your Breath” was the official slogan for the 13th FINA World Championships held in Rome.  This slogan appropriately described the emotions of many watching the highlights for the FINA Aquatic Disciplines during this memorable event held in the Eternal City.  Rome, a city rich in history and culture hosted 179 nations and 2,500 athletes from around the world.  At the historic Foro Italico in Rome, there were spectacular diving events, exciting water polo matches, perfection in the synchro events and numerous world records set in the swimming pool. Open water swimming enjoyed a beautiful venue at the beach in Ostia on the Mediterranean.

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13th FINA World Championships - Rome 2009: FINA Injury & Illness Prevention Project

At the recent FINA World Championships held in Rome in August, 2009, the FINA Sports Medicine Committee implemented one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken in aquatics. FINA is increasingly emphasizing work on the protection of the athletes’ health and prevention of injuries and illnesses. Our aim is to make Aquatics as safe as possible by improving our knowledge of injury & illness prevention.

The information learned from this study after the final analysis will provide FINA with valuable information in the planning of medical care for injuries and illnesses at FINA events.  In addition, the knowledge of injury and illness prevalence will be instrumental in focussing injury and illness prevention programs for aquatic athletes.  The results will also help the aquatic health care professionals in their management of health and performance issues in aquatic athletes.  Our goal is to transfer quickly the science into practice so that the valuable information will be available to prevent sport injuries and illnesses in aquatics.

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What’s new in 2009 ?

In April 2008, FINA was the first International Federation to adopt new anti-doping rules based on the new WADA Anti-doping Code which came into effect on January 1, 2009. There are significant changes to the FINA’s anti-doping program represented in these new rules. It is important that all medical personnel, sports administrators, coaches and athletes understand the new anti-doping policies and procedures. This article will review the basis for the rule changes, new developments in the Prohibited List and Therapeutic Use Exemptions, as well as reviewing the expansion in anti-doping rule violations and sanctions.

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