Injury total more than 250

The medics at the New Zealand Masters Games have treated more than 250 injured competitors since the competition started on Saturday.

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 Dunedin.

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 sprains.

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.



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