Medical expertise was concentrated in the German House in Vancouver Tuesday, as team physicians and physios from a variety of nations and members of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attended a reception hosted by Bauerfeind. The International Physicians' Meeting was held with the aim of enabling the physicians to get to know each other, swap personal experiences and see "old" friends again.
Many of the guests knew each other from the first International Physicians' Meeting at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. The Bauerfeind supply team had presented its products and orthotic services for the German athletes to the Medical Commission of the IOC and physicians and physios of other nations for the first time in August 2008. "It was fortunate that we met up then," said Jack Taunton. The senior medic in the Canadian organizing committee (VANOC) explained to the guests why he had sought out contact with Bauerfeind in Beijing and offered a partnership for Vancouver: the products and service from Germany were the ideal complement to what the physios in the polyclinics of the Olympic villages needed in order to support injured athletes.
Bauerfeind thus became a partner of VANOC last year and, as a "Friend of the Games", is now available for the athletes of all participating nations at the Winter Games. A Bauerfeind team is assisting the work of the physicians and physios in the polyclinics in each of the two Olympic villages in Vancouver and Whistler. They work hand in hand to supply the winter sports stars with supports and orthoses in the event of injury. The evidence from the first few days is that Bauerfeind products for the knee and back are in particular demand, with snowboarders and freestyle skiers having the most requirement.
Discussions regarding the treatment of sports injuries were at the heart of the International Physicians' Meeting. Image 3D, the digital measuring system from Bauerfeind, also aroused interest when presented to the guests. Image 3D allows athletes to be measured for medical compression stockings precisely and without contact and monitors and documents the progress of treatment.
"Many people were surprised at just how simple the technology is and how customized stockings can be produced in a very short space of time. I think quite a few really sat up and took notice," said Dr. Klaus Steinbach, a German member of the IOC's Medical Commission.
Exhibitor: BAUERFEIND AG