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Medical care at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' weightlifting venue

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Summary of an article presenting medical care statistics from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ weightlifting venue.

Who

194 (out of 197 who entered) athletes competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ weightlifting event in 14 classes (7 women, 7 women), 14 athletes per weight class (15 in men 96’s including a refugee athlete) (Japan).

Design

Observational study of the medical care provided in the training hall and competition venue of Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ weightlifting event (not in all medical centers, e.g., policlinic)

Outcome measures

  • injury and illness care provided at the weightlifting training and competition venues (e.g., first-aid stations, medical stations, IF station).

first-aid stationhad at least one athletic trainer, physical therapist, or a nurse; 1 situated at the training hall, 2 at the competition warm-up area.

medical stationhad at least one doctor and one physical therapist; 1 at the training hall, 1 at the competition warm-up area.

IF stationhad one IF physician, one host nation physician, and one athletic trainer or physical therapist; 1 at the competition warm-up area.

Main results

Medical care at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' weightlifting venue - Infographic

  • 131 athletes used medical care services, but only 18 athletes (8 females) required to be examined by a doctor/physician. 9 athletes (3 females) were examined during the competition.

  • Symptoms reported at medical stations:

    • headache 2 athletes
    • light-headedness 2 athletes
    • knee pain 2 athletes
    • diarrhea 1 athlete
    • chest pain & dyspnoea 1 athlete
    • panic attack 1 athlete
    • elbow pain 1 athlete
    • hip pain 1 athlete
    • shin pain 1 athlete
    • lower leg abrasion 1 athlete
    • finger bleeding 1 athlete
    • ankle pain 1 athlete
    • thigh pain 1 athlete
    • nose-wing inflammation 1 athlete
  • training hall first-aid care:

    • 89 medical procedures (51 on females) were performed, including:

      • 52 tapings
      • 37 ice compressions
    • most injured body parts:

      • knee - 35 injuries (40.2%)
      • finger - 25 injuries (28.7%)
      • wrist - 12 injuries (13.8%)
      • elbow - 8 injuries (9.2%)
      • thigh - 3 injuries (3.4%)
      • lower leg - 2 injuries (2.3%)
      • back - 2 injuries (2.3%)
    • procedures by country:

      • Turkmenistan - 21 procedures (23.6%)
      • Cameroon - 18 procedures (20.2%)
      • Cuba - 11 procedures (12.4%)
      • Ghana - 7 procedures (7.9%)
      • Lebanon - 5 procedures (5.6%)
      • others - 27 procedures (30.3%)
  • competition floor first-aid care:

    • 25 medical procedures (16 on females) were performed, including:
      • 17 ice compressions
      • 5 haemostasis (stopping bleeding)
      • 3 tapings
    • body parts injured:
      • finger, knee, lower leg - 5 injuries (20%)
      • wrist, elbow - 4 injuries (16%)
      • thigh - 2 injuries (8%)
    • procedures by country:
      • Japan - 3 (12%)
      • Korea - 3 (12%)
      • Georgia - 3 (12%)
      • other - 13 (52%)

Take home message

For a clinician & coach
Most (132 out of 197 who entered the weightlifting competition) Tokyo 2020 weightlifting athletes used medical care at the venue but only 18 needed to be examined by a doctor/physician. The most injured body areas were knee and finger. Procedures used included mostly taping and ice compression.
For a parent
Most (132 out of 197 who entered the weightlifting competition) Tokyo 2020 weightlifting athletes used medical care at the venue. The most injured body areas were knee and finger. Procedures used included mostly taping and ice compression.
For an athlete
Most (132 out of 197 who entered the weightlifting competition) Tokyo 2020 weightlifting athletes used medical care at the venue. The most injured body areas were knee and finger. Procedures used included mostly taping and ice compression.

Original article

Ashikaga K, Yoneyama K, Hirayama K, Suzuki T, Muroi R, Inoue R, Ishibashi Y, Nakase J, Takeda H, Fujiya H. Medical care provision at the venue of the weightlifting event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Sport Sciences for Health. 2021 Nov 19:1-6.

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