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Sailing and sports medicine: a literature review
  1. J B Allen1,
  2. M R De Jong2
  1. 1SailSportMed Inc, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA
  2. 2Southern Illinois Sports Medicine, Bellesville, IL, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Allen
 SailSportMed Inc, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA; aasail{at}


Sailing medicine has been mainly addressed by healthcare professionals who happen to sail. Although there has been an increase in the number of studies of various aspects of sailing over the last 15 years, efforts to advance evidence based knowledge of sailing and sports medicine face unique obstacles. Recent interest in research by groups such as Olympic and America’s Cup teams has produced beneficial changes.

  • HR, heart rate
  • MVC, maximum voluntary contraction
  • o2max, maximal oxygen uptake
  • sailing
  • injuries
  • yachting

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  • Published Online First 17 March 2006

  • Competing interests: none declared

  • The subjects in fig 1 have given permission for its publication.