"The YOG allows us to develop a new medical speciality - sports medicine for teenagers"
Can you describe in a few words the uniqueness of the medical device you are developing for the Lausanne 2020 Youth Games?
Dr. Stéphane Tercier (ST), sports doctor and paediatric surgeon, Head of the Ado Sport Health Centre at the CHUV (Lausanne University Hospital), Head of medical services at Lausanne 2020 : Our medical concept, "Health for Performance" can be summarized in 3 words: globality, interdisciplinarity and awareness. Our main objective is to put the young athlete at the centre of a medical device which will make it possible to assess their health as a whole and in a personalised way, taking into account more than just their injuries or illnesses. We are also taking this opportunity to educate young athletes about the positive impact that perfect health can have on their performance. For example, as a preventive measure, a "dental bus" will be present at the Vortex and will offer a check-up to any athlete wishing to review their dental health.
To what extent can this concept represent a local and sustainable legacy of the Lausanne 2020 YOG for the care of teenage athletes?
ST : As part of the YOG educational programme, the medical team of the Centre Santé Ado Sport (SAS360) of the CHUV is developing various prevention modules, in close collaboration with its partners from the Center of Sport and Health at Dorigny and the EPFL. Virtual reality gives the athletes the opportunity to know more about the risks of concussions in an original way, while gaming and new technologies allow them to evaluate their movements or coordination in a playful way and to receive feedback on their performances. In the near future, all the modules - tested during the YOG and associated to other modules - will provide local young athletes with innovative medical-sporting assessment.
How important is it for the CHUV to collaborate in an event such as this one?
ST : The YOG represent a unique opportunity to develop a new medical specialty, that of sports medicine for teenagers. Such an event makes it possible to strengthen collaborations with our institutional partners. It brings together competences and expertise from different backgrounds and allows us to benefit from collective intelligence. For the CHUV and the Women-Mother-Child Department, this also represents an interesting window of visibility, including local expertise in the field of teenage medicine and how it contributes to young athletes. As doctors, we know how to heal most injuries - the challenge of the future is to prevent them or at least to detect them early.