BBC article: Why Paralympians need ‘extreme sports medicine’

FSEM Fellow and Paralympics GB doctor Dr Richard Weiler was interviewed by the BBC’s Health team on his role as a sport medicine practitioner at the Games.

Dr Weiler, who is Paralympics GB doctor for the blind five-a-side football team and cerebral palsy seven-a-side football team, described his job as “extreme sports medicine”.

Having worked with Paralympic football squads for some six years, Dr Weiler explained the need to individualise treatment, and also highlighted the way in which blind and visually-impaired footballers tend to have a different gait to sighted runners. Dr Weiler also explained that the seven-a-side football event, which features players with limb control and co-ordination problems when running, creates different injury challenges.

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