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Medical cover for 'The Open' golf championship.
  1. W A Hadden,
  2. S Kelly,
  3. N Pumford
  1. Bridge of Earn Hospital, Perth, UK.

    Abstract

    A review of 10 years' provision of medical cover at a major golf championship is presented. The average consultation rate was approximately 1 in 200 of those attending of whom 3% required transfer to hospital, the majority to orthopaedic or general medical departments. Familiarity with acute resuscitation and musculoskeletal complaints is required of the medical attendants. The provision of physiotherapy and chiropody services is essential, especially for the participants' complaints, two-thirds of which affected the axial skeleton. Good communications and close liaison with the Chief Marshal, Police and Ambulance Services are vital.

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