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As elite athletes look towards their post-competition career and begin to transition away from full-time athletic endeavours, health and wellbeing can often be at the forefront of their minds.
The World Olympians Association (WOA) has undertaken a ground-breaking study into the long-term health impact of elite sport on athletes, with the ultimate aim to generate new knowledge and develop evidence-based recommendations which will help safeguard and improve the long-term health of athletes.
The first phase of the study closed in December 2018, with 5,000 elite athletes taking part, and the WOA is now recruiting for the second phase! In order to measure the results already attained, the organisation requires members of the general population to participate as part of a control group.
The online Control Group SURVEY takes 15-minutes (Password: generalhealth2018), and asks questions on health and wellbeing. Participants need to be above the age of 16 and not have competed at an Olympic Games.
Backed by the IOC Scientific and Medical Commission, the survey is headed by Dr Debbie Palmer OLY, a British Olympian and associate professor and researcher in sports injury and illness prevention at Edinburgh Napier University.
GAISF Senior Vice President Dr Raffaele Chiulli is calling on all GAISF Member Federations to spread the word to friends, family and colleagues, encouraging them to complete the online survey and contribute to the research.
“Elite athletes are role models to millions of people around the world, and have increasingly become important pillars of society,” Dr Chiulli said. “They push themselves to the limit and their skill, athleticism and determination not only entertain but also inspire us. The health of these athletes is incredibly important but has so far been an under-researched area of study.”
“WOA is changing that and today I call on all GAISF Members to support this cause and encourage others to take part in this important research. This study will have a wide-reaching impact on all athletes and many of our sports will benefit as a result – so click the link and participate today!”
Joel Bouzou, President of the WOA, added:
“We are immensely proud of the work that has been undertaken so far on WOA’s Global Health Study, taking us one step closer to enhancing the limited existing knowledge on the long-term health of elite athletes. Our aim is to use this analysis to make recommendations and create best-practice guidelines to benefit elite athletes around the world but we need your help.”
“By including members of the public as part of a control group, we can ensure the accuracy of our findings and make better decisions moving forward. I urge you all to take part and make a difference.”