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The Youth Olympic Games and a new awakening for sports and exercise medicine
  1. Kathrin Steffen1,2,
  2. Lars Engebretsen1,2
  1. 1Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Department of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, Oslo, Norway
  2. 2Medical & Scientific Department, International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Kathrin Steffen, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Department of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, PO 4014 Ullevål Stadion, Oslo 806, Norway; kathrin.steffen{at}

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‘When can I return to sport?’ and ‘How can I get active, fit and healthy faster?’ Questions like these from the top athlete or from a passionate recreational individual require the clinician to go beyond the diagnosis and to a functional capacity assessment in order to fully understand how the diagnosis has an effect on the patient's well being. Is our reductionist thinking preventing us from using sports and exercise medicine in preventing and managing diseases? Is a ‘sports and exercise medicine specialty’ part of the answer to these concerns? Please read Gordon Matheson and coworker's viewpoint on this issue.1 If the authors have a point, the new specialty ‘Sports and Exercise Medicine’ as introduced in countries like Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand have their work cut out for them. The IPHP (British Journal of Sports Medicine Injury Prevention and Health Protection) is filled with good reasons for a concerted approach to use sports medicine and exercise as a tool to improve the individual's health, and we will need a coordinated approach to succeed! The Youth Olympic …

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