Havana, November 27 (RHC).-- Several Cuban Olympic Medal winners have much to thank for a man who helped overcome serious physical injuries and handicaps.
He is the orthopaedic surgeon Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras, who spoke in Havana at the ongoing Fifth International Convention on Physical Activity and Sports, about his vast experiences in the treatmentat and Rehabilitation of Athletes who later went on to win gold, silver and bronze medals for Cuba.
One of the athletes that must be thankful for doctor Alvarez Cambras surgical skills is runner Alberto Juantorena, who just two months before the historic Montreal Seventy Six Olympic Games was operated on twice by the Cuban specialist and then went on to win gold medals in the four hundred and eight hundred meter races.
Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson was treated for the fracture of two ribs,but went on at Moscow 1990 to become Olympic Champion
The fastest medical treatment was performed on Javelin thrower Maria Caridad Colon, who had strained a spinal muscle ten minutes before her throw. The Cuban physician, who was accompanying the team , gave her an expert rub and the she went on to win the gold medal.
Dr. Alvarez Cambra listed some other successes in his long forty-year career treating Cuban athletes.
He is the Director General of a Medical Rehabilitation Health Center in Havana that attracts patients from all over the world and holds an Olympic distinction awarded to him for his long and distinguished service in the treatment and rehabilitation of members of Cuban Olympic teams.
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