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Preparing for the Surge: Perspectives on Marathon Medical Preparedness

Chiampas, George1; Jaworski, Carrie A.2

Current Sports Medicine Reports: May-June 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 3 - p 131-135
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181a8c43a
Section Articles

In preparing for medical coverage of a mass participation event such as a marathon, race directors and their medical staff members need to account for the unexpected. Extremes in weather as well as the potential for outside threats need to be given consideration before race day in order to adequately prepare. Through the recruitment of local expertise from various agencies in one's community during both the planning stages, and on race day, the added stressors of such extremes will be minimized, if not eliminated. This article will provide concrete examples of how the Chicago Marathon has used its own experiences with such extremes. Readers will be given useful tools to implement in their own marathons or other mass participation events-planning to equip them better for the unexpected surge.

1Medical Director, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL; 2Director of Intercollegiate Sports Medicine/Head Team Physician, Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Address for correspondence: George Chiampas, D.O. Medical Director, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611-3008 (E-mail: gchiampas@comcast.net).

© 2009 American College of Sports Medicine