The Olympics is in its full swing and many have even won medals making their countries proud on them. However, there are some athletes who have fallen ill after flying miles from their country to reach London.
A recent study has found that sportspersons who are made to travel long distance often fell ill soon after reaching the destination. The illness contributes to their failure in the Olympics, says study. The author of the study, Professor Martin Schwellnus said, “You have a healthier team when you are at home as opposed to when you are travelling, and so that can and must contribute to the performance eventually”.
For the study, the researchers looked at the cases of sickness in the 2010 Olympics. It was found that at the time of Olympics, the teams which flew to Australia, New Zeeland fell ill and called in for doctors’ help. About 187 participants complained of skin infection and gastro-intestine sickness.
The researchers concluded the study saying that the strong team in Olympics is the one which has not travelled long distance. Meaning, the chances of winning increases for the team which travels less as compared to other teams.
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