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Colorado Health & Wellness | Spring 2016

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36 For medical teams, it's as equally important for the rescue procedures to be nailed down as it is for athletes to train and hydrate. Staff instruction is essential, says Sevilla, who has been the medical director for Life Time Fitness races and joined the medical crew at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI, eight times. She's also completed 10 Ironman Triathlons—in a decade's time—which, as with Vidlock, lends a unique lens in providing health care for athletes, in a race or in clinic. For instance, that cross-experience helps Sevilla strategize the spotter locations for open water swims, as accounting at all times for each bright swim cap is critical. In eight years, there were 45 fatalities in triathlon events—30 of those deaths occurred during the swim leg, according to the 2012 USA Triathlon Fatality Incidents Study. INJURY PREVENTION Among patient visits, both physicians treat male and female athletes across the age spectrum. The most common cases include arthritis in aging athletes, tennis elbow and rotator cuff tears for adults, and amongst high schoolers, concussions and ligament tears in impact sports, such as rugby and soccer. Overuse injuries have also increased in high school, due to athletes playing the same sport year-round, Vidlock says. "Don't increase your running mileage by more than 10 percent per week." Center for Ped atr c Urology

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