n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Consensus Statement on Periodic Health Evaluation of Elite Athletes - March 2009 : consensus statement

Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



The Olympic Games is the largest sport event in the world. In Beijing,10500 athletes competed, selected from a large group of elite athletes in 204 countries. Sports participation on the elite level, aside from winning medals, fame and other rewards, is also important from a health perspective. There is no longer any doubt that regular physical activity reduces the risk of premature mortality in general, and of coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, obesity, and diabetes mellitus in particular.

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