MSFHR Trainee leads clinical research at 2010 Olympics

11 February 2010

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission and VANOC have appointed MSFHR Trainee Dr. Babak Shadgan as a clinical researcher during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

As a research assistant and a member of IOC injury surveillance study team, Dr. Shadgan will monitor sports injuries during the Games under supervision of Professor Lars Engebretsen, head of scientific activities at the IOC Medical Commission.

Dr. Shadgan is not new to the Olympic experience. “After the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, this is my fourth Olympic experience as a medical officer,” he says.

Summer and Winter Olympic Games are the largest world sporting events with participating athletes from more than 200 countries. The IOC has been increasingly emphasizing the prevention of injuries and the protection of athletes’ health.

“One of the priorities of IOC Medical Commission is to study the nature, incidence, mechanisms and characteristics of sports injuries during Olympic Games,” says Dr. Shadgan. “The goal of these studies is to better strategize prevention of sports injuries and other health risks in sports, and to optimize the health benefits of sports participation.”

Towards this goal, the IOC conducts injury surveillance studies during the Olympic Games.

“Following the first experiences during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was the first complete IOC Medical Commission survey-study on injuries during the Olympic Games that included all sports,” he says.

All attending countries have medical officers that attend the Games. During the Games, these medical officers  record all newly incurred injuries during competition and training and report them daily to the IOC injury surveillance study team on a standardized injury report form. Local Organizing Committee physicians at medical stations at the different Olympic venues and in the Olympic Village will also report the injuries of athletes daily.

“All data of injuries will be recorded and analyzed by the injury surveillance study team and the results will be discussed by the IOC Medical Commission for further necessary analysis and actions.”