Friday, August 15, 2008

Another great morning at the pool

We had another great morning at the pool today: 3 gold (all in world record times), 1 silver, 2 bronze. Ryan Lochte won bronze (missed silver by .01 second) in the 200 Individual Medley just 25 minutes after winning the 200 backstroke. That is a very impressive double. Another athlete with amazing performances is Natalie Coughlin. She has won 5 medals, including a gold in the 100 meter backstroke.

On the medical side, the gastrointestinal issues are still occuring, but are responding well to treatment. My wife (Christine Frissora) is a gastroenterologist, so I have an expert to consult! I have also received expert advice from Dr. Brad Connor, a travel medicine specialist in New York City.

I have helped treat several of the U.S. Track and Field athletes. Their competition started yesterday.

I have also been covering the diving competition. As a physician covering diving, I am prepared for possible head or spinal injury that could occur from contact with the platform. We are also prepared with the appropriate equipment for initial immobilization and treatment of possible head or spinal injury. Common injuries in divers include lumbar spine, shoulder, wrist, and elbow problems. The divers do some gymnastics type of training which can lead to lumbar spine problems.

Another exciting story here was the first and second place finish in the women's gymnastics all-around. One of the great things about the Olympics is the numerous events that are all occuring simultaneously. Although we are so focused on swimming right now, there are equally great competitions going on all over Beijing. Off to the competition now...

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