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Editor,—New Zealand's Olympic medical team of four doctors, seven physiotherapists, one chiropractor, one massage therapist, and a sports psychologist provided medical care for a team of 150 athletes and 76 officials at the Sydney Olympic Games. During the month in Sydney, we provided 605 medical consultations and 1403 physiotherapy and chiropractic treatments, plus numerous massages.
All but one athlete was able to compete in their chosen event. For the athletes who required laboratory investigation or organ imaging, a comprehensive service was provided at the polyclinic within the Olympic Village. Special mention should be made of the superb organ imaging service organised by Dr Jock Anderson. Readers of the Journal may be interested to know of the rapid response to CT guided nerve root sleeve injections of corticosteroid. Three of our athletes with lumbar nerve root signs had these injections, and all were able to compete some 48 hours after injection. This epitomises the high standard of diagnostic and therapeutic intervention that was possible, and the impressive clinical results that could be achieved.
In summary, the Olympics represent the pinnacle of sporting excellent and I am pleased to report that the medical facilities available to athletes in Sydney were of the same high standard as the achievements of the competitors.
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