Innovative medical prevention for athletes

In January 2020, athletes will be able to participate in an educational program that is organized for the duration of the Games. They will be able to take part in a series of experiments and tests, as well as learn about subjects relevant to athletic activities. This program was designed by UNIL (University of Lausanne), EPFL (Federal polytechnical School of Lausanne) and CHUV (the Vaudois University Hospital).

In this perspective, Lausanne 2020, accompanied by the CHUV, is making a series of prevention-health clips addressed to athletes, tackling themes developed by Health for Performance's educational activity:

  • Concussion;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries (for ex. ACL);
  • Abuse/violence in sports;
  • Athletic nutrition;
  • Importance of oral health.

Our ambassador and professional snowboarder Pat Burgener participated in the first clip that was produced, that talks about concussions: "Il was very clear for me that I wanted to be involved in this project. Concussions are an extremely important subject, as the consequences can be so severe. It is important to be accompanied and to know when to stop: this is the message that I want to share with young athletes", explains the Olympian, medalist at the last World Championship.

"Concussions are part of pathologies implicating lots of athletic youth, that are under diagnosed. Helping them to become aware in a fun and innovative manner, so that they know how to protect themselves, what the risks are, and the actions to adopt is the first goal of this preventive clip", concludes Dr. Tercier, Sports surgeon at the CHUV and medical manager for Lausanne 2020.

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