QNotes, Vol. 7, Issue 5
The world is eagerly enjoying the gathering of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The ceremony and drama of top athletes proudly competing for their countries is always cause for excitement.
Olympic athletes spend their whole lives conditioning their bodies and perfecting their skills to have the chance to go for the gold, and they must take special care and precaution to avoid injury. With the Olympic motto being, “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” many athletes push themselves during demanding practices and during their medal performances, creating a risk for injury, and such injuries suffered by Olympic athletes are often orthopedic in nature.
A sampling of some Olympic sports and their risk include:
- Skiers and snowboarders risk high-impact injuries as they pursue faster speeds and higher “air”. Hockey players and figure skaters can be injured during collisions and falls.
- Sprains, twists, fractures and bruising are the most common types of cross-country skiing injuries, with the knees being the most often injured body part, followed by the arm, hand, and ankle. Thumb injuries are also common, as people tend to retain their hold on their ski pole as they fall.
- Figure skaters suffer both overuse and traumatic injuries. About half of all injuries are caused by overuse and are preventable. Singles skaters have a higher incidence of overuse injuries, while pair skaters and ice dancers are more prone to traumatic injuries.
- Even curling requires strength, stamina, flexibility and core stability. When players throw the curling “rock” nearly every bodily joint is involved, and there is risk of injury. The most common curling injuries are musculoskeletal in nature and most often affect the shoulders, knees and back.
When athletes are injured, medical imaging plays a critical role in their treatment. Securing high quality images to help assess the extent of injury allows the attending physician to determine the most appropriate course of treatment that can heal the injury and help get the athlete back in competition more quickly.
Qmetrics Technologies 3D visualization of medical images offers could prove highly beneficial for sports medicine providers and orthopedic surgeons treating athletes. Our technology generates a patient-specific 3D virtual replicate of articular bones and cartilage from MRI and CT images, allows physicians and patients to better understand the information in the MR or CT scan and the radiologist’s report. By providing more detail from a non-invasive scan, this may help prevent invasive exploratory diagnostics techniques that could keep an athlete sidelined unnecessarily
The hope of all athletes, coachers, trainers, physicians and fans is that no injuries will occur during practice or competition. It is Qmetrics’ vision to advance imaging technologies to support better understanding and treatment of injury and disease.