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New insights into preventing injuries and illnesses among elite athletics athletes
  1. Pascal Edouard1,2,3,
  2. Juan-Manuel Alonso4,
  3. Pedro Branco5
  1. 1 Inter-university Laboratory of Human Movement Science (LIBM EA 7424), University of Lyon, University Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France
  2. 2 Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine Unity, University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Etienne, France
  3. 3 Medical Commission, French Athletics Federation (FFA), Paris, France
  4. 4 Aspetar, Qatar Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar
  5. 5 European Athletics Medical & Anti Doping Commission, European Athletics Association (EAA), Lausanne, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pascal Edouard, Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, Sports medicine unit, IRMIS, Campus Santé Innovations, University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, 42 055 Saint-Etienne cedex 2, France; Pascal.Edouard42{at}

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For the athletics athlete, ‘injury’ is part of life; either injury and its potential consequences are in his/her mind like the sword of Damocles or injury is present. About two-thirds of athletes will sustain at least one injury during an athletics season.1 Furthermore, it is not uncommon that athletes continue to train despite complaining of pain or injury.2 But this should no longer be considered as the norm! Indeed, the normal condition of athletics practice should be to do so in the absence of any pain or injury. Efforts should be continued to reach this ‘state of peace’ in sports practice. Athletes may also suffer from illnesses, which will also have repercussions on their athletics training and performance.3 4 While medical teams battle to keep their athletes fit and healthy, this is also of major importance to all those who have a stake in the athlete’s performance. To move forward towards the common goal of prevention rather than cure, …

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  • Contributors PE: substantial contributions to conception, drafting the article, critical revision of the article for important intellectual content and final approval of the version to be published.

    J-MA, PB: substantial contributions to critical revision of the article and final approval of the version to be published.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.