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life
magazine 2012/1
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The physician is sitting with his team at a
large table in the recreation room. He leans
back in his chair: “I wanted to bring to­gether
all the occupational categories that are
relevant to the success of early functional
therapy. There is no-one here who sits in the
middle and makes decisions alone. Everyone
has an input.”
Bauerfeind product case for the 2011
World Athletics Championships in Korea
A local network here, another local network
there – the orthopedic specialist has spun
plenty of webs. In Karlstad, top athletes are
treated by Dr. Larsson himself (his “favorite
body part” is the foot), in collaboration with
colleagues at the top of their profession. If
an athlete then wants to continue his treat-
ment closer to the place where he is based,
in Gothenburg for example, this can be taken
on by one of the physician’s friends, a local
specialist. Dr. Larsson made a name for
himself by building up a medical database.
His patients’ injuries and treatments are
recorded in the database, allowing other
networks to access the data and ensuring
that appropriate therapy is provided.
Another innovation made its first appearance
with the arrival of the national athletics team
in Korea for the 2011 World Championships:
a Bauerfeind product case. This contains
medical aids for treating acute joint and
soft tissue injuries as well as old recurring
symptoms. A rapid recovery of stability and
alleviation of pain in the affected area are
crucial. “I would never want to do without
this case,” says Dr. Larsson.
The sports medicine specialist first came
across Bauerfeind products at a Swedish
trade fair. “What impressed me straight away
was the material used,” he admits. “The
circular knit is soft enough not to irritate the
patients. And it is rigid enough to provide a
certain degree of stability,” says Dr. Larsson.
“What’s more, the proprioceptive qualities
of the active supports boost therapy. My
patients are very satisfied.”
They are not the only ones: the physician
himself has already had an opportunity to
try out the outstanding material properties
of Bauerfeind active supports on his own
body: after injuring himself falling off a
roof, he wore the MalleoTrain ankle sup-
port, occasionally combined with VenoTrain
compression stockings. His colleague Ida
has also gained her own experience of using
the AchilloTrain: “The gentle pressure of the
support on the injured area creates a feeling
of security,” says the physiotherapist. “I can
definitely understand how my patients feel.”
Training tools
Materials, stability, security – the team
of therapists at the Klarälven Clinic sits
together and discusses the properties of
medical aids and the resulting therapeu-
tic approaches based on them, as well as
subjects such as proprioception and knitted
fabric, high technology and high expertise.
Bauerfeind products fit into this picture
well. In fact, this discussion between people
hungry for information is a prime example
of how the Swedish way of solving problems
works: What tools do I have? How can I use
them? What information do I still need? And
how can I achieve consensus? The ultimate
aim is to develop a joint solution together,
with the patient involved as well. This aim
is also shared by Yannick Tregaro, a leading
Swedish sports coach.
We have traveled 300 km across the country
and are now sitting by a high jump mat with
Yannick, not far from the port of Gothenburg.
At Friidrottens Hus, an athletics hall with
arguably the richest history in the country, a
training session is scheduled in half an hour.
Before it starts, however, we wanted to talk
to Yannick about what worries top athletes
most of all: the fear of injury. Yannick
Tregaro takes care of world-class high jump-
ers, including his wife Emma Green-Tregaro,
as well as the Olympic triple jump champion
from the Athens Games in 2004, Christian
Olsson. The coach gets straight to the point:
“Yes, both athletes have had or are having
problems with their back and feet.” And, as
their coach, what options does he have for
bringing them back to full fitness? “I keep in
close contact with the medical experts, with
Dr. Larsson, as well as with therapists locally.
The Klarälven Clinic works with them as
well,” Yannick Tregaro explains. “Then I look
at the resources available to me. How can I
motivate the athletes again step by step?”
One thing soon becomes clear: as far as the
coach is concerned, the psychological aspect
is crucial during rehabilitation. How does
he succeed in enabling injured athletes to
start fulfilling their potential again? Apart
from his motivational skills, this passionate
coach has another resource at his disposal:
“We have used Bauerfeind supports, includ-
ing an Achilles tendon support (AchilloTrain
Pro), with great success.” He believes that
the main reason for this is, once again, to do
with psychology: “The supports alleviated
the athletes’ fear of injuring themselves
again during the critical healing phase.”
It sounds like a reissue of a familiar item
of luggage is in order: a common case of
medical products for athletes, physicians and
coaches for London 2012. A small therapy
network in itself!
www.klaralvskliniken.se, www.yannicktregaro.se
See page 39 for contact information for
Bauerfeind Nordic.
For further information please visit:
Physiotherapist Thomas Langer.
Yannick Tregaro takes care of world-class high
jumpers.