Who watch the World University Championship Beach Volleyball, online or in person, enjoy exciting games and lots of sport. But a lot happens beyond what you see on the courts on the sands of Pajuçara Beach in Maceió, Brazil. In addition to the entire structure set up by the organization for the event, a qualified team of doctors and physiotherapists is positioned around the arena, ready to attend any emergency or more ordinary demand.
Aristides Melo is a physiotherapist and one of those responsible for the medical area at the event, he explains that a complete structure is prepared for the event with a stretcher and all the necessary tools for care: “We serve all delegations that don’t have a physical therapist and we also provide support for those who have”. He explains that this happens in the manual therapy part, myofascial release, even ice and guidance. “This is all provided by CBDU in partnership with FISU”.
“This immediate care for the athlete is very important, because beach volleyball only allows five minutes of care, so sometimes the athlete has a sprain, a dislocation, and this entry of the physiotherapist professional on the court often saves the athlete in the match. So it is very important to have this team ready to assist the athlete if necessary”, highlights Aristides.
In addition to physiotherapy and muscle recovery, the event’s medical team is made up of rescuers and doctors, along with a mobile ICU, who provide assistance in more serious cases. “All this allows a dedicated service to the athlete, not only in the arena, but also in the relationship with the reference hospitals”, concludes Aristides.