Paralympic medicine

Webborn, Anthony and Van De Vliet, P. (2012) Paralympic medicine The Lancet, 380 (1). pp. 65-71. ISSN 0140-6736

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Paralympic medicine describes the health-care issues of those 4500 or so athletes who gather every 4 years to compete in 20 sports at the Summer Paralympic Games and in five sports at the Winter Paralympic Games. Paralympic athletes compete within six impairment groups: amputation or limb deficiencies, cerebral palsy, spinal cord related disability, visual impairment, intellectual impairment, or a range of physically impairing disorders that do not fall into the other classification categories, known as les autres. The variety of impairments, many of which are severe, fluctuating, or progressive disorders (and are sometimes rare), makes maintenance of health in thousands of Paralympians while they undertake elite competition an unusual demand on health-care resources. The increased physical fitness of athletes with disabilities has important implications for cardiovascular risk reduction in a population for whom the prevalence of risk factors can be high.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: paralympic; disabled sport; sports medicine
Subjects: C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C600 Sport and Exercise Science
A000 Medicine > A900 Medicine not elsewhere classified
B000 Health Professions > B100 Anatomy Physiology and Pathology > B190 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology not elsewhere classified
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60831-9
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Depositing User: Chelsea editor
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 09:42
Last Modified: 15 May 2015 14:20

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