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Medicine at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games: the New Zealand health team
  1. D Robinson1,
  2. C Milne2
  1. 1Sportsmed Canterbury, 156 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. 287 Clarence Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Robinson;

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A medical team of 14 accompanied the New Zealand team to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The team comprised four doctors, seven physiotherapists, a sports psychologist, a chiropractor, and a massage therapist. In addition, two teams (cycling and women's hockey) had dedicated physiotherapists, and sailing brought their own massage therapist.

The month long stay at the Games could be roughly divided into four one week periods. The first week involved the arrival of the medical team over the first weekend that the Games village was open. The sailing team arrived at a similar time and a few other athletes arrived during the week. This week was largely taken up with setting up the medical room in a bare basement area, reconnaissance of the village and Olympic site, attendance at training as required, and providing a service to those already in the …

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