New record number of participants at the 2nd International Endurance and Sport
Medicine Congress - New demands on medicine: The athlete as a special
More than 800 doctors, sport scientists, and physical therapists met from
September 23-25, 2004, for a three-day exchange of information and experiences
during a supporting event of the 31st real,- BERLIN MARATHON 2004. Its success
went well beyond the expectations of the organisers, who put together this
second congress under the patronage of the Industrie- und Handelskammer zu
Berlin (Berlin Chamber of Industry and Trade), and it demonstrated the success
of the practice-based concept which will be further pursued in the
The third edition of the event will follow in September 2006.
The athlete as a special patient
With a focus on “ New demands on medicine: The athlete as a special
patient“, the congress offered a plethora of information for the daily
handiwork of therapists and doctors, whose patients increasingly include
endurance athletes. How is a tape bandage applied effectively, according to
what parameters should a lactose-performance diagnostic test follow, how are
specific running injuries treated, and what does an effective shoe insert look
Led by experts who daily deal with sport injuries, the participants received
concrete suggestions for practical treatment at a large variety of
Tour de France, Olympic Games in Athens, Football World Championship
In addition to the practical seminars, the sport medicine congress also dealt
with the large sporting events from the summer of 2004, including lectures on
the sport medical support during the Tour de France. The team doctor of Team
Telekom, Dr. med. Lothar Heinrich, offered an impressive look behind the scenes
into the medical support for Jan Ullrich and his team colleagues in his
Just as current was a reflective look at the sport medical care for the German
Olympic team in Athens by Professor Wilfried Kindermann.
For the football fans, Dr. Tim Meyer offered an interesting look into the
endurance training for the national football team in preparation for the world
championships, which will take place in Germany in 2006.
The coordination of the medical support at the real,- BERLIN
The 31st real,- BERLIN MARATHON 2004 naturally played in important role in the
congress as well. This year alone, there were 680 doctors, emergency personnel,
physical therapists, and medical assistants whose duties had to be coordinated.
The discourse by Dr. Helmar Wauer from the medical board of the real,- BERLIN
MARATHON made clear the extent of the efforts that go on behind the scene of
the mass event to assure that all that is humanly possible can be done in case
of an emergency.
"A wide spectrum of knowledge"
Through the extensive selection of topics put together in the joint effort of
the Humboldt University Berlin, the Berlin Academy for Sport Medicine, and the
real,- BERLIN-MARATHON, the 2nd Sport Medical Congress offered a wide spectrum
of knowledge and many impulses for practical application.
The event was made possible through the support of the main sponsor, Pfizer,
together with support from Berlin-Chemie, Takeda Pharma, Boehringer-Ingelheim,
Gatorade, Novartis and Servier.
After this year’s success, the 3rd International Endurance and Sport
Medicine Congress will take place again as part of the real,- BERLIN MARATHON
in September 2006.