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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Extremely Healthy

Daily Report - Monday, December 13, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

As the team athletic trainer I provide for the teams medical needs. This can range from using skills in rehabilitating injuries to coordinating the efforts of several physicians and a massage therapist in the treatment of injuries and illnesses. At the end of Round Robin 3, I can tell you that the team has been extremely healthy, and nearly injury-free, despite a cold/flu bug that attacked our camp in Round Robin 2. We have faired well. I think the key issue for the low injury rate in our camp is the excellent fitness training that Billy Bates has been able to provide for the team.

The best way to treat an injury is to avoid it in the first place. That is where my training in bio mechanics and sports medicine comes in. I have spent a few days out on the water observing what injuries occur and help determine what can be done to prevent them. In addition, I have to rely on information provided by the sailors as to how they received their injuries. With a team of this caliber my suggestions are most likely to be small things such as more wrist support to facilitate the transfer of power to the handles when grinding, or gloves for the trimmers to give them better grip while tailing sheets. Many times the battle between ergonomics and bio mechanical advantage is a close fight, and ergonomics is the unfortunate loser. The real challenge is being able to allow the team to participate safely and still get the job done effectively.

I am extremely proud to be participating in the America's Cup study of sport injuries in sailing. This is an area of sports medicine that has been overlooked for many years in the academic and professional communities. Hopefully with the data we collect during the America's Cup we will be able to discover what injuries are most common with effective changes that can prevent the injury. As sailing comes more and more into the public view, allowing people to participate safely is a key issue.

Steven White, ATC
AmericaOne Team Certified Athletic Trainer

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