Integrating athlete care – ‘one stop shop’ to optimize athlete care - sports medicine with a focus on PERFORMANCE.
Dr Paul Dijkstra has vast experience in elite track and field athlete care. He shares his experience from UK Athletics – the team won 4 gold medals at the London Olympic Games. What’s new in this approach? This model of athlete care emphasises the partnership among not only the health professionals, but also with the strength and conditioning team and the coach(es). Also emphasised is performance – too often clinicians tend to focus exclusively on health whereas the athlete’s focus is performance.
Dr Dijkstra provides case scenarios -- how the management model works in real life. He shares the public domain case of UK heptathlete Jessica Ennis who forewent the Beijing Olympic Games (2008) because of a navicular stress fracture, but chose full healing and a longer future over ‘patch up’ to get to the 2008 Olympic Games.
The paper outlining this approach was featured in