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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2017, Article ID 1375181, 5 pages
Research Article

Adherence to Follow-Up Recommendations by Triathlon Competitors Receiving Event Medical Care

1Department of Emergency Medicine, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA
2Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA
3Department of Emergency Medicine, New York Hospital Queens, Flushing, NY, USA
4Department of Emergency Medicine, 550 East Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Derek R. Cooney; ude.etatspu@dyenooc

Received 13 June 2016; Revised 28 September 2016; Accepted 4 January 2017; Published 19 January 2017

Academic Editor: Chak W. Kam

Copyright © 2017 Jeremy D. Joslin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. We sought to investigate triathlete adherence to recommendations for follow-up for participants who received event medical care. Methods. Participants of the 2011 Ironman Syracuse 70.3 (Syracuse, NY) who sought evaluation and care at the designated finish line medical tent were contacted by telephone approximately 3 months after the initial encounter to measure adherence with the recommendation to seek follow-up care after event. Results. Out of 750 race participants, 35 (4.6%) athletes received event medical care. Of these 35, twenty-eight (28/35; 80%) consented to participate in the study and 17 (61%) were available on telephone follow-up. Of these 17 athletes, 11 (11/17; 65%) of participants reported that they had not followed up with a medical professional since the race. Only 5 (5/17; 29%) confirmed that they had seen a medical provider in some fashion since the race; of these, only 2 (2/17; 12%) sought formal medical follow-up resulting from the recommendation whereas the remaining athletes merely saw their medical providers coincidentally or as part of routine care. Conclusion. Only 2 (2/17; 12%) of athletes who received event medical care obtained postrace follow-up within a one-month time period following the race. Event medical care providers must be aware of potential nonadherence to follow-up recommendations.