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The IOC Diploma programme in sports medicine
  1. Ronald J Maughan1,
  2. Lars Engebretsen2,
  3. Torbjørn Soligard2,
  4. Richard Budgett2
  1. 1School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  2. 2Department of Medical & Scientific, International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Professor Ron Maughan, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK; r.j.maughan{at}

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The combination of innate talent and hard training is no longer enough to guarantee success at the highest level of sport, and every successful athlete benefits from a strong support team. Staying healthy and injury free and recovering quickly from any medical problem is important for all athletes. The Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recognised the important role that sports medicine plays in protecting the health of athletes. As part of its commitment to supporting the health and performance of athletes and to the continuing professional development of those who care for them, the IOC Medical Commission now offers a postgraduate-level training programme in sports medicine. The programme is designed to meet the needs of team physicians caring for elite athletes, particularly targeting National Olympic Committee and International Federation physicians. …

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