Medicine with side effects / the exercise of the right to participation is still slow in Germany

Rostock / Dortmund (ots) –

For athletes such as extreme athlete Stephan Büchler and athletics Felix Streng, participation seems obvious – thanks also to their successes. They receive optimal care from doctors, therapists and orthopedic technicians through their sports associations. Sponsors usually pay high costs for their sporting aids. This allows them to shape their lives independently, according to their individual ideas. “He would rather get his hair back than his leg,” Stephan Büchler said confidently at a conference by the German Society for Interprofessional Aid. V. (DGIHV) under the title “Parasport, Aids, Participation” on August 19 in Rostock. But what is true of top athletes is not obvious to everyone.

At the DGIHV symposium, some 60 experts in the fields of medicine, orthopedic technology, physiotherapy, sports and politics dealt with the still slow implementation of participation. Every disabled person has the right to play sport as a central part of participation. However, insurance companies usually only cover children and adolescents. Adults also have this right to sport – experts emphasized. Sport is the rehabilitation of disabled people. For many people who have lost a leg or arm, it is through sport to overcome and process this drastic experience. An impressive example of this is international competitions such as Invictus Games. Sport is the elixir of life for many athletes. They take a high risk of participating in games and competitions. Regulating physicians are responsible for indicating when athletes are reaching their limits. According to experts, sport as a medicine is also responsible for dealing with side effects, especially in top-class sports.

Costs in the ministry

Experts agreed with Katy Hoffmeister, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern CDU MP and conference participant that payers are obligated to support participation. The former Minister of Justice used the event to find out about the current state of providing medical assistance in the parasport. Because: “Parasport is important for the participation of people with disabilities. And for this to be possible, all payers must support him, ”said the health politician. “The legal basis for participation has already been created, which allows, for example, also adults to play sports” – demanded prof. dr hab. Wolfram Mittelmeier, director of the orthopedic clinic at the University of Rostock, team doctor for the national karate team and first chairman of the DGIHV, under whose leadership the conference was held.

Who’s Who guest at the DGIHV conference

Three members of the board of AG Parasport of the Society of Orthopedic and Traumatological Sports Medicine (GOTS) reported the symposium on research and practice: prof. Anja Hirschmüller, specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery and sports doctor at the Altius Swiss Sportmed Center in Rheinfelden, prof. Bernhard Greitemann, medical director of the Münsterland Clinic at the Bad Rothenfelde Rehabilitation Clinic and Dr. Hartmut Stinus, senior doctor at the foot center in Göttingen and incl. team doctor of the German Paralympic Ski Team. The latest discoveries in the care of parasports were also presented by Dr. Rolf Kaiser, State Sports Physician of the Association of Disabled Sports and Rehabilitation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, dr. Andreas Lison, head of the Bundeswehr Sports Medicine Center in Warendorf and Dr. Christoph Lutter, orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports orthopedics at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Rostock.

Master of orthopedic technician and deputy chairman of DGIHV, Olaf Gawron, deputy foreman of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Orthopedic Technique Guild, Gunar Liebau and Stephan Büchler, who is also an orthopedic technician, presented information on the supply of workshop aids. Physiotherapist and trainer Sara Grädtke, multiple Paralympic winner Felix Streng and Christian Schenk, the 1988 Olympic decathlon champion, also provided a sporting perspective for the conference.

The DGIHV symposium was held in collaboration with the University of Rostock and the University of Medicine in Rostock.


German Society for Inter-branch Aid Delivery. V. (DGIHV) is registered as a non-profit association based in Dortmund. The company has set itself the goal of being a contact for all medical and technical issues in technical orthopedics and the delivery of medical aid to patients. His main tasks include the promotion of science and research as well as the health care system. The Federal Association of Guilds of Orthopedic Technologies (BIV-OT) is a member of DGIHV.

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Kirsten Abel
Spokesperson for the Federal Association of Guilds for Orthopedic Technologies
Reinoldistr. 7-9, 44135 Dortmund
Phone: 01715608125


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