Games for medics
It's not just professional athletes who have their own Olympic spectacle. Nadeeja Koralage finds out about the World Medical and Health Games, otherwise known as the Medigames
The French were playing the Germans in the football semifinals. During the half time break, the French team were lying down on the grass, having a smoke with a bottle of red wine. Meanwhile the German team were working themselves up with pep talks and saying 'We have to do this!' The ref's whistle blew for the second half and the French picked themselves up off the grass and ran onto the pitch with the Germans. Not surprisingly, the German team won ….”
Phil Heaton-Adegbile, orthopaedic surgeon and researcher (and five times gold medal winner) in the United Kingdom, is talking about a relaxed match between hospital workers at the 2001 World Medical and Health Games (known as the Medigames) in Evian, France.
This annual event has been going since 1978 and is an “Olympic” competition for the health profession. The games were set up after research showed that practising