Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in terms of medical preparation and support during any great sport event? Just ask Dr. Julia Alleyne, chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic team and top doctor for the 2015 Pan Am games. Besides monitoring the health of all Canadian athletes and accredited team members partaking in the Games, "she'll coordinate all medical services from anti-doping efforts to emergency care, and will serve as chief medical officer for athletes from every country." Quite a tall task, but as Dr. Julia Alleyne pointed out, her experience at the London Olympics prepared her well for this new challenge.
But the care of athletes doesn't just start at the Games... As we know, Olympians are not born but get to the podium only after many years of grueling practice which unfortunately includes numerous setbacks due to physical injuries. And you don't have to be an Olympian to experience sports injuries!
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