The road to Rio: medical and scientific perspectives on the 2016 Paralympic Games

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Blauwet, Cheri A., Lexell, Jan, Derman, Wayne, Idrisova, Guzel, Kissick, James, Stomphorst, Jaap, Wosornu, Yetsa Tuakli, Van de Vliet, Peter and Webborn, Nick (2016) The road to Rio: medical and scientific perspectives on the 2016 Paralympic Games PM&R, 8 (8). pp. 798-801. ISSN 1934-1482

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Abstract

In August and September of this year, the world will turn its attention to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Of interest to physiatrists, the Paralympic Games will take place from September 7 to 18, with an estimated total of 4 billion viewers. In the United States, for the first time in history, the Summer Games will be broadcast over a total of 66 hours on NBCUniversal. The Paralympic Games represent the pinnacle of elite sport for athletes with disabilities while also changing perceptions around the importance of grassroots sport and physical activity opportunities for the disability community more broadly.  It is no secret that the planning and preparation forthe Rio Games has brought with it a number of challenges—the Zika virus, water quality, construction delays, and the oft-tenuous state of the Brazilian political system, to name a few. In some respects, these challenges are important as they stimulate discourse about the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. In Paralympic sport, some of our current and most salient challenges are rooted in principles of sports medicine and science, as outlined herein. Because it is imperative to uphold the highest standards of athlete health and safety at the Games, this presents an unparalleled opportunity for the voice of physiatrists to come to the fore. As experts in disability and functional performance, neurologic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and sports medicine, we uniquely are suited to make an important and timely impact on Paralympic sport. Here, we provide a snapshot of what to watch out for in Rio.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: 2016 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.
Subjects: C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C600 Sport and Exercise Science
B000 Health Professions
B000 Health Professions > B100 Anatomy Physiology and Pathology
B000 Health Professions > B400 Nutrition > B420 Sports Nutrition
C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C800 Psychology > C813 Sport and Exercise Psychology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L340 Disability
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography > L720 Human and Social Geography by topic > L726 Cultural Geography
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/j.pmrj.2016.07.004
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 03:01
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2017 00:38
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/15982

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