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Hip, hip, hooray!
  1. Adam Weir1,2,
  2. Johannes L Tol1,2,3,
  3. Gustaaf Reurink1,3
  1. 1Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar
  2. 2Amsterdam Center of Evidence Based Sports Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  3. 3Department of Sports Medicine, The Sports Physician Group, OLVG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam Weir, Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha P.O. box 29222, Qatar;{at}

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There is plenty to celebrate in this Olympic year's issue from the Dutch Association of Sports Medicine.

Celebrating specialty recognition

Sports medicine in Holland is in celebratory mood after its recognition as a full medical specialty. Fifteen years of campaigning, hard work and determination have paid off. Big thanks to the chairman, board, staff and members of the special committees who worked tirelessly to make this happen. They faced many hurdles which they have successfully taken to achieve this great feat.

Most care provided by the 129 Dutch sports medicine physicians will now be covered by the national healthcare insurance, signalling a new era. Getting the word out to athletes, to patients with chronic conditions (who will benefit from more exercise) and to general practitioners is now …

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