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"Medicina Sportiva" No.14 - 2008 The 15-th Sports Medicine Balkan Congress
SPORTS MEDICINE REHABILITATION SECTION


THE ROLE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY. WHAT’S THE OPINION OF THE ATHLETIC COMMUNITY IN PREFECTURE OF THESSALONICA?

Aftosmidis Dimitis1, Porfuriadou Anthi2 , Iakovidis Paris3
Physiotherapy Department TEI Thessaloniki, Greece

The role of Physiotherapy and the attendance of Physiotherapists in athleticism are worldwide established. The lack of relative statistical data in Greece is also acquaintance. So in the frames of Sports medicine of Physiotherapy department of Tehnological Institute of Thessalonica it was decided relative research.
Aim: The statistical recording of attendance of Physiotherapists in the athletic teams in Prefecture of Thessalonica as well as the designation of opinions from all the participants.
METHOD. A different questionnaire filled up from the team managers, coaches, Physiotherapists and the athletes of teams. The questionnaires were supplemented with the method of interview in the team’s facilities; the students had this time-consuming work undertaken.  In the research participated 108 teams with 2905 athletes from the 10 most popular sports, there existed professional and amateur teams from all the categories, also 7 teams with 134 athletes from paraolympic sports. The supplemented questionnaires were separated per sport, category and team. The answers were grouped and recorded.
RESULTS. The 90% of team managers consider the presence of Physiotherapist essential, while only the 23% of teams occupy a Physiotherapist and mainly the professional teams. The 80% invoke economic reasons for the lack.  The 75% believe that it should be obligatory via law the presence of Physiotherapist. The 90% of Physiotherapist want to created specialisation in Athletic Physiotherapy. The 80% believe that the Physiotherapist in collaboration with the Doctor, are responsible for athlete’s rehabilitation.
CONCLUSION. Physiotherapy is valorisen in the athletic community. With the obligation via law and the economic help of state that problems can be exceeded. The establishment of specialisation in Athletic Physiotherapy is henceforth necessary.





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