The Physician and Sportsmedicine
Menubar Home Journal Personal Health Resource Center CME Advertiser Services About Us


gold medal 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta

During the Olympics, The Physician and Sportsmedicine monitored the major medical developments, from heat illness to performance-threatening musculoskeletal injuries. Look here for in-depth analysis of the medical events from our Olympic medical panel. What they say may give you fresh insights on how to care for the everyday athletes who walk through your door.


OLYMPIC MEDICAL NEWS (Back to list)

August 6, 1996

August 5, 1996

July 31, 1996

July 26, 1996

July 24, 1996


OLYMPIC MEDICAL SCANS (Back to list)

In Olympic Medical Scans, The Physician and Sportsmedicine monitored major news outlets that covered the 1996 Olympic Summer Games and compiled periodic updates of the latest medical news behind the headlines.

August 6, 1996

  • The International Olympic Committee announcs two track and field athletes tested positive for steroids

August 5, 1996

  • An International Olympic Committee arbitration panel rules in favor of two Russian bronze medalists who had tested positive for bromantan
  • Relatively cool temperatures keeps number of medical incidents low for men's marathon
  • Tongan superheavyweight boxer Paea Wolfgramm wins silver medal despite competing with broken wrist and broken nose
  • United States track and field competitor Butch Reynolds withdraws from 1,600-m relay because of hamstring cramps
  • United States marathoner Keith Brantly doesn't let eye injury interfere with Olympic plans
  • Algerian track and field competitor Noureddine Morceli wins gold medal in 1,500-m event despite spiking injury on right heel
  • The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update medical statistics for day 15

August 2, 1996

  • United States basketball player Grant Hill sits out the team's semifinal game because of twisted knee
  • United States soccer player Mia Hamm plays in team's final game despite sprained ankle
  • German equestrian jumper Franke Sloothaak injures hand in fall from horse
  • United States freestyle wrestler Lou Rosselli withdraws from competition with fractured elbow
  • Despite hamstring pain United States track and field competitor Jackie Joyner-Kersee qualifies for long-jump finals
  • United States track and field competitor Leroy Burrell withdraws US 400-m relay team because of heel tendinitis
  • New mass spectrometers not the key to detecting new banned substance bromantan
  • Olympic marathoners breathe easier because support vehicles run on natural gas instead of gasoline
  • The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update medical statistics for days 11 and 12

August 1, 1996

  • Russian pole vaulter Sergei Bubka withdraws from competition
  • Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie withdraws from 5,000-m event
  • Reuters Information service and the Associated Press report on more positive drug tests
  • Link to the Associated Press interview with the chairman of the International Olympic Committee medical commission on the subject of bromantan
  • Link to Associated Press report documenting the growth of the field of sports psychology
  • Update on Antiguan kayaker Heidi Lehrer, who was injured in bus accident

July 31, 1996

  • International Olympic Committee announces a fourth athlete has tested positive for a banned substance
  • Several superheavy weightlifters injured in competition Tuesday
  • Team physician for the US swimming team had unusual brush with fame while a medical resident
  • Download an interactive Olympic marathon course
  • The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update medical statistics for day 10

July 30, 1996

  • Russian Olympic committee on appeals disqualification of two bronze medalists for positive drug tests
  • United States long jumper Mike Powell pulls groin muscle
  • United States gymnast Kerri Strug's unable to compete in the floor finals
  • Defending Olympic champion in the women's 400-m hurdles, Sally Gunnell of Great Britain, injured during semifinals
  • Ukranian weightlifter Ihor Razorenov injured during warm up
  • Sonia O'Sullivan of Ireland withdraws because of diarrhea
  • The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update medical statistics for days 9 and 10

July 29, 1996

  • International Olympic Committee announces three doping cases
  • Hamstring injuries alter the course of athletics events
  • Achilles tendon injuries stunt Olympic competition for two athletes
  • Italian archer Paola Fantato competes from her wheelchair
  • Cool temperatures for the women's marathon
  • South African runner Gwen Griffiths released from hospital Saturday
  • Australian middleweight boxer Justann Crawford hospitalized
  • Water rescue volunteer breaks leg
  • The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update medical statistics for day 6

July 26, 1996

  • United States rower Michael Peterson collapses
  • Swedish high-jumper Patrik Sjoberg and South African marathon runner Xolile Yawa withdraw from the Olympics
  • Two athletes who tested positive for banned substances before the Olympics can compete
  • Table tennis rackets are tested for illegal glue coatings
  • First positive drug test of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games announced Wednesday
  • The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update medical statistics for day 5

July 25, 1996

  • Karl Malone of the United States basketball dream team hurts his right hand
  • Painless tattoos are all the rage with athletes at the Olympic Village
  • Medical statistics from a preliminary report released by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Heidi Lehrer, a kayaker from Antigua, injured in bus accident

July 24, 1996

  • United States gymnast Kerri Strug diagnosed with a grade 3 lateral ankle sprain
  • United States soccer player Mia Hamm sprains her left ankle
  • Australian rider Wendy Schaeffer competing in equestrian events with a fractured right leg
  • Italian fencer Diana Bianchedi wins preliminary bout despite rupturing her Achilles tendon
  • Update on Austrian judo fighter Eric Krieger
  • Update on Chinese air pistol shooter Yifu Wang

July 22, 1996

  • Austrian judo fighter Eric Krieger suffers spinal cord contusion
  • Chinese air pistol shooter Yifu Wang collapses
  • The head of the Polish Olympic team collapses
  • Olympic opening ceremonies medical treatment stats

OLYMPIC-RELATED ARTICLES (Back to list)


LINKS TO OTHER OLYMPIC SITES (Back to list)


HOME  |   JOURNAL  |   PERSONAL HEALTH  |   RESOURCE CENTER  |   CME  |   ADVERTISER SERVICES  |   ABOUT US