With wonderful memories from Vancouver still in mind, the preparations for the Summer Olympics in London 2012 have already started. However, first, we are looking forward to the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this summer.
Supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), this 4th special issue is specifically dedicated to "Ramadan, sport and the young elite athlete".
A big challenge for all Muslim athletes – both for the youngsters in Singapore as well as for the athletes in London 2012 is that the Games will be held in the Ramadan period.
In the light of the athletes´health protection, Ron Maughan has gathered a couple of fellows to expound the problems of prolonged restriction of food and fluid, and top level performance.
We all remember discussions on the age of gymnasts or football players competing in the Olympics or age class restricted championships.
Unfortunately, in a number of sports it is suspected that the chronological age of the participating athletes is younger or higher than the age stated on the official documents.
To follow-up this concern, the IOC gathered a group of 15 researchers from all over the world for a consensus meeting to discuss how this problems can be solved, and which methods are available to determine skeletal age. New projects are on the way.
Read the consensus paper.
Another paper in this issue reviews the current knowledge on injury risk of the youth and adolescent elite athlete participating in sports presented in the Youth Olympic Games 2010 and summarizes that knowledge is lacking for more or less all sports.
These special issues of the British Journal of Sports Medicine Injury Prevention and Health Protection are edited by Prof. Lars Engebretsen, Head of the Scientific Activities in the IOC, and Kathrin Steffen.
Enjoy the warm-up ”Fasting and Sport”.