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This is a chapter regarding the orthopedic surgeon and the Olympic Games. 900 physicians attend each Summer Game and the majority are orthopedic surgeons. Although the IOC has a 2-year diploma course in sports medicine available online with practical training, assignments, and a final exam, many of our colleagues from ortho are doing the Olympic Games without other skills than the ortho training and experience. Thus, this chapter is written to prepare them for the tasks of being an Olympic physician. The chapter references the most important epidemiology papers from the Games as well as gives you numbers on high-risk and low-risk sports. It will inform you of the periodic health exams and discuss translation challenges in taking the positive results of the prevention studies (overall 50% reduction in injuries) to your team. Finally, it will look at future directions in this field. Increasingly higher numbers of ortho surgeons from the larger national teams have this job accounting for more than 50%. This increases the knowledge base from both research and practical experience. This puts demands on ortho surgeons from smaller national teams and increases the need for cooperation between colleagues and national teams.

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Kennedy, M.I., Soligard, T., Steffen, K., Moatshe, G., Engebretsen, L. (2022). Olympics. In: Canata, G.L., Jones, H. (eds) Epidemiology of Injuries in Sports . Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-64532-1_14

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