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185 Review of the physiotherapy service for athletes in 2018 olympic winter games
  1. Joon Young Chang1,
  2. Young Hee Lee1,2,
  3. Marie-Elaine Grant3,4,
  4. Jong Ha Lee7,
  5. Joshua Sung H You5,
  6. Tae Gyu Kim6,
  7. In Deok Kong1,8
  1. 1Yonsei Institute of Sports Science and Exercise Medicine, Wonju, South Korea (Republic of)
  2. 2Rehabilitation Medicine, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea (Republic of)
  3. 3International Olympic Committee, Lusanne, Switzerland
  4. 4Institute of Sport and Health, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  5. 5Sports Movement Artificial-Intelligence Robotics Technology (SMART) Institute, Department of Physical Therapy, Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea (Republic of)
  6. 6Department of Marine Sports, Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea (Republic of)
  7. 7Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine and Hospital, Seoul, South Korea (Republic of)
  8. 8Department of Physiology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, South Korea (Republic of)


Objective This study will provide to better understand the needs for physiotherapy services during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games (POG) from two polyclinics. It is necessary to understand the needs and what physiotherapists do during the Olympic Winter games for first time.

Design An observational study.

Setting 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

Participants Athletes who visited the physiotherapy department of polyclinics.

Results During 25 the days of the POG, a total of 125 athletes (n = 125, 83 males, 42 females) visited the two polyclinics. Of all visits, 69.6% were from the mountain polyclinic and 30.4% from the city. There were three reasons for visit, most of the reason for visit was injury and injury with recovery or injury prevention. Overall, the injury rate (per 1000 athletes) was 42.8 across 13 sports visited the physiotherapy department during the POG. Total numbers of treatments sessions were 823 provided and electrophysical modalities (36.2%) was the most utilized service in POG. And also there were significant differences in the physiotherapy services provided at the two polyclinics.

Conclusion As each polyclinic differed in location, they addressed different populations of athletes; hence, the study provides insights into the injury trends and different physiotherapy treatments.

  • injury
  • olympics
  • physiotherapy service
  • winter sports

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