The recently concluded Summer Olympics 2016 saw athletes make and break records in categories ranging from gymnastics to track and field, and swimming to cycling. However, in addition to records, the games also saw several elite athletes sustain injuries with the potential to end their sporting careers. These included French gymnast Samir Ait Said and Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten. The former broke his left leg dramatically during the qualification round for the vaults, injuring his tibia and fibula. This was the second time he sustained such an injury. Cyclist van Vlueten was left with three fractured vertebrae and a concussion after she flipped over her bicycle handlebars when she skidded on a wet track during a race. 


Other athletes who sustained injuries in previous games include German weightlifter Matthias Steiner who dropped a 432-pound bellbar on his neck at the London Games in 2012 and Hungarian weighlifter Janos Baranyai who dislocated his elbow during a lift at the Bejing games. These are just a few instances; sportsmen face physical and mental challenges every day, leaving them with injuries ranging from ligament tears, fractures, ruptures, sprains and other injuries that can take anywhere for a few days to months or even years to recover.

Elite athletes work very hard on their physical fitness; they train hard and for long hours; it’s natural that their bones and joints, ligaments and tendons go through intense pressure, causing wear and tear. The right physical therapy, nutrition and rest help them stay in peak condition. However, injuries are unpredictable, and can cause irreversible physical damage that can end a person’s career, or even their life in some cases. The treatment that sportsmen undergo which includes everything from surgery to rehabilitation is key to their recovery,” says Dr. Harold Vanderschmidt, Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon, Specialized in Arthroscopic Surgery of Knee and Shoulder, Burjeel Hospital of Advanced Surgery.

“We have the latest technologies and medical facilities that could speed up the process of healing and reduce the stress from sports injuries. We treat muscle tears, ligament or tendon injury, repetitive or overuse injuries, dislocations, bursitis, tennis or golfers elbow, runners’ knee, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff injury, ACL reconstruction surgery and revision of failed ACL reconstruction surgery. Pain management and rehabilitation is also an important part of the treatment related to sports injuries,” he added.

Recovery from an athletic injury can be a long and difficult process. The results depend on a number of factors — the severity of the injury, natural healing processes, the athlete’s individual body and available rehabilitation methods.

“Some athletes do require surgical intervention to treat their injuries often electing to go in for arthroscopic procedures, which are not as invasive. Arthroscopic surgery several benefits compared to “open” surgery, including speed of recovery, minimal scarring as well as lesser pain. Repair to the cartilage, hamstrings, elbows, knees and shoulder are carried out arthroscopically.

 “The procedure does, however, require anaesthetics and specialised equipment. Specific activity and rehabilitation programmes may be recommend helping an athlete’s recovery as well as increasing mobility. Athletes and others who are in good physical condition may in some cases return to athletic activities within a few weeks,” said Dr. Ottmar Gorschewsky, Orthopedic Surgeon, specializing in arthroscopic operations of the knee joint and the shoulder at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery.

“These surgeries are in special focus since shoulder and knee injuries have an important place in sports orthopaedics due to the special structure and function of these joints. Minimally invasive procedures and high-tech materials make it possible to achieve better treatment results, shorter hospital stays, quicker return to work and a lower complication rate,” he added.

Rehabilitation is also an important part of recovering from injuries post surgery. Burjeel Hospital’s sports medicine team works in tandem with trained professionals who complement the recovery process with customized and comprehensive programmes created to aid earlymobilization and faster recovery.

The important factor, however, involves proper conditioning, including stretching, rest and a proper nutrition plan that is aimed at providing all the nutrients essential for energy, muscle recovery and overall healing to keep an athlete in peak condition and well protected from injuries.


About Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai

Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery (BHAS), Dubai has three operation theaters with quality services offered in Joint Replacement, Pediatric Orthopedics, Hand Surgery, Sports Medicine and Spine Surgery.  Patients benefit from a team of highly specialized consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise and experience.

The team offers medical and surgical care of the highest standards using the most up to date procedures which include the latest non-surgical and minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to speed up recovery, manage pain, and treat sports injuries and all orthopedic conditions.


Source: Blue Apple Mediacom FZ LLC