Most successful EJU Medical Seminar since its inception

Friday, October 18, 2013, 8:42


25 delegates from 17 countries were welcomed in Malta by the Malta Judo Federation President, also General Secretary and Chairman of the Medical Commission of the EJU, Mr Envic Galea, for the 13th Medical Seminar in Malta. Amongst the participants were the EJU Medical Commission, and Dr Vladimir Heinz, member of the IJF Medical Commission.

This year is the 65th anniversary of the European Judo Union. Judo was born in Japan, but it was Europe which organised the sport of judo with the inception of the European Judo Union and the International Judo Federation. Europe was also the first continent to have a Judo Medical Commission and from the very beginning the Medical Commission started providing a service to the European and International community not only in the Anti-doping field, but also in keeping Judo a safe and healthy sport.

Even though Judo is a full contact combat sport, it has a very low rate of injuries. After recent studies, the Medical Commission has separated the cosmetic intervention on the mat, such as a nose bleed or the breaking of a nail, from the statistics. The real injuries suffered by the judoka in competition, amounts to 2% of athletes. The Founder of Judo Jigoro Kano who developed Judo from Jujitsu and removed all the dangerous techniques to make Judo a safe sport, would have been very happy with the statistics of the Medical Commission as Judo is a safe sport.

One of the highlights of the seminar was how to use match analysis to tag and study injuries, and eventually use such studies to avoid injuries in the sport. Other interventions were made by both commission members and participants. Dr Malinen (FIN) discussed the dangers of dietary supplements, since there is no good supervision by authorities. An IOC study revealed that from 634 supplements tested which didn’t list anabolics on its label, 14.8% had hormone precursors, including nandrolone and / or testosterone, which would result in an Antidoping Rule Violation. Dr Jung (SUI) and Dr Lino (ITA) discussed the dangers of dehydration, and what the EJU can do to track the hydration levels of the athletes. Dr Smolders (BEL) gave a presentation showing how FIFA reduced injuries by 30 – 50% through an exercise program. Could the European Judo Union provide tips and suggestion which could be incorporated in the sessions?  A commission will be carrying out a study which will be presented in future Medical Seminars.

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