The medics at the New Zealand Masters Games have treated more
than 250 injured competitors since the competition started on
Sports Injury Clinic co-ordinator Graeme Harvey said he put
the high injury rate down to the ''never-say-die'' attitude
of the competitors.
Most participants trained and warmed up but competitiveness
pushed them beyond their physical limits: ''People won't
believe they are as old as they are.''
There were doctors, seven physiotherapists and 15 sports
medics who operated a main injury clinic at the Edgar Sports
Centre and five satellite clinics at sports venues around
Masters medic Dr Dave Dixon, of Wanaka, said he treated many
competitors at the touch tournament for injuries yesterday.
Most were leg related - hamstrings, pulled muscles and ankle
Physio Rebecca Peace said there were fewer injuries at the
touch rugby than the netball and football during the weekend
where one in six competitors sustained injuries, she said.