Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro by Charly Wegelius

By Charly Wegelius

For eleven years i used to be a qualified bike owner, competing within the toughest and maximum races on the earth. i used to be favorite from the world's top groups, a well-paid elite athlete. yet I by no means gained a race. i used to be the employed help.

When my mum dropped me off in a small French city elderly 17, i used to be choked with decision to be a certified bike owner, yet i used to be thoroughly eco-friendly. I went from mowing the staff manager's garden to profitable each novice race I entered. Then I grew to become professional and realised I hated the accountability and strain of chasing victory. And that's whilst I grew to become a domestique.

I realized to take that damage and provides it every thing I needed to supply, all in favour of a person else's win. whilst the order got here in to journey it used to be I driven out with the toughest rhythm i'll, dragging the gang speedier and quicker, till my entire physique screamed with discomfort. there have been occasions I rode myself to a standstill, clutching the barrier metres from the road, because the lead team shot previous. yet that's what made me a so reliable at my job.

As my profession took off, i began taking a look at the enthusiasts lining the path, cheering us like heroes. the eagerness for biking oozed off them, yet they couldn't recognize what it used to be relatively like. They didn't see the poor resorts, the loopy egos or the entire shit that is going with nice expectancies. good, this is often the way it is.

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It should be regularly practiced. The telephone numbers of ambulances, hospitals, physicians, and parents should be readily available, in either the training kit or training room. In some communities the ambulance is visible, in some it is hidden in order to reduce parental apprehension, and in others the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics (EMT-Ps) are on short call and respond readily if they are needed. The emergency medical response plan should be reviewed with the medical staff of the opposing team, communication equipment secured and checked, and examination and treatment sites identified.

13,14 Another major boost for sports medicine occurred in the 1970s when fads for tennis, running, weight training, and aerobics proved to be lasting trends. The personal involvement of such physicians as Allan Ryan and George Sheehan helped spread information on exercise, as well as the increasing number of exercise-related injuries being seen by primary care providers. Predictions are risky, but the sports medicine of the future — like the sports medicine of classical times — will probably be as concerned with conditioning, performance, nutrition, and skill development as with treating injury, and other trends are likely: a continued increase in sports participation by the general population, including children and the elderly; demands for standardization and certification of sports medicine training programs; the challenge of bringing the latest knowledge to the attention of non-elite athletes; and, of course, the need for the primary care physician to have expertise in sports medicine.

Certainly, primary care physicians will see sport- and recreation-related injuries throughout their clinical careers. Family physicians, pediatricians, internists, adolescent medicine specialists, and generalists are best suited as team physicians to care for the needs of the active individual. , those in emergency medicine, orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecology) should be paired with a primary care physician in order to provide comprehensive, continuous coverage. Balancing the needs of the athlete, team, and institution and its representatives is the ethical responsibility of the sports physician.

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