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MEDICAL SUPERVISION OF ATHLETES (SURVEY OF PHYSICIANS )

E. G. VERSHININ, V. V. DELARU VOLGOGRAD STATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA

Objective: : to study sports medicine doctors’ views on medical supervision of athletes.
Materials and Methods: 120 sports physicians (62 (51,7%) specializing in sports medicine and physical rehabilitation, and 58 (48,3%) with another specialization) working in the field of sports medicine were surveyed.
Results: the surveyed subjects emphasized the following problems: absence of medical supervision of professional athletes – 25,0%; lack of medical supervision of professional athletes – 43,4%; lack of medical supervision of retired elite athletes – 49,2%; abuse of performance enhancing drugs, often induced by coaches – 67,5%; only 12,5% respondents mentioned that athletes are well infored about side effect of drugs on their health.
Conclusions: the abovementioned issues are considered to be interdisciplinary. Further studies are needed to find a solution. This problems must be discussed between all specialists working in the filed of sports medicine
Keywords: 
sports medicine; athletes’ healthcare; athletes’ awareness; questionnaire.