Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
Print version ISSN 1517-8692
VITAL, Roberto; LEITAO, Marcelo Bichels; MELLO, Marco Túlio de and TUFIK, Sergio. Clinical evaluation of paralympic athletes. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2002, vol.8, n.3, pp. 77-83. ISSN 1517-8692. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922002000300003.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate characteristics that were important for preventive health and for performance of paralympic Brazilian athletes. The athletes were evaluated clinically (questionnaires, clinical history, physical examination) and also with laboratory studies, chest roentgenogram and doping control. The Brazilian team that participated in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games was also classified according to some characteristics such as gender, age, sports modality, way of locomotion, types of disabilities, laboratory study results, chest X-ray results, odontological evaluation, and doping control. The results obtained were used to define a profile of such athletes and to give them information about prevention of diseases and sports-related injuries that could hinder their training and competition results
Keywords : Disabled persons; Pre-participation evaluation; Multidisciplinary evaluation; Sports medicine. Rehabilitation; Doping in sports.