Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: an observational study

The usage of multidisciplinary physical therapies at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: an observational study.

The usage of multidisciplinary physical therapies at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: an observational study.

Background: This observational research study analyses the uptake of physical therapies treatments in the Polyclinic during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Objective: To describe the usage of physical therapies services- physical therapy, osteopath, chiropractic, and sports massage – by athletes and non-athletes and across different sports. Methods: The multidisciplinary team of physical therapies recorded treatment modalities, information on provider discipline and reason for attendance, in an Electronic Medical Record system throughout the 32 days of operation of the Olympic Polyclinic. Cold-therapy total immersion ice baths (TIIB) were provided as part of the services but were reported and analysed separately.

Results: There were 4993 encounters (4038 athletes, 955 non-athlete encounters). 1395 athletes (12.4% of all athletes) and 393 non-athletes sought treatment. For all four provider disciplines, in addition to TIIB, the primary reason for athlete attendance was for recovery (52% of all encounters), followed by injury treatment (30%), and maintenance (16%). Athletes reported “injury” as the main reason for physical therapy (92% of all encounters, 2.8 encounters per athlete), chiropractic (94%, 1.9) and osteopathy (91%, 1.8) visits. Almost all TIIB visits were used for recovery (98% of all TIIB encounters; 2.1 encounters per athlete). Athletes from handball (37% of all handball athletes), followed by judo (22%), and athletics (21%), presented the largest user groups.

Download full paper:

An international Delphi study to identify sports chiropractic global research priorities.

FICS Foundation awards researchers USD $4,000 grant for research entitled: An international Delphi study to identify sports chiropractic global research priorities.

FICS Foundation awards researchers USD $4,000 grant for research entitled: An international Delphi study to identify sports chiropractic global research priorities.  

Dr Melissa Belchos

The principle investigator for this research is Dr. Melissa Belchos.  This grant funds her thesis project for the Sports Sciences Residency Program at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  Her co-investigators are Drs. Alex Lee, Stephen M. Perle, Katie de Luca, and Silvano Mior.  Dr. Lee is the Chair of the Research and Education Commission of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) and a member of the FICS Research Commission.  Dr. Perle is the Chair of the FICS Research Commission, the North American Representative on the FICS Executive Council and Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic. Dr. de Luca is a post-doctoral research fellow at Macquarie University in the Department of Chiropractic and a twice FICS Research Award winner.  Dr. Mior is a Professor and the Director, Research Partnerships and Health Policy at CMCC.  

The purpose of this study is to determine consensus on research priorities to create a global sports chiropractic research agenda.  This will be done using a Delphi study design, a systematic method to integrate expert opinions to determine consensus on sports chiropractic research priorities. Clinicians, academics and leaders from the sports chiropractic field will be recruited internationally. Current chiropractic research agendas have not included sports-specific research directives which this study will develop.