The recently concluded Summer Olympics 2016 saw athletes make and break records in categories ranging from gymnastics to track and field and swimming to cycling. However, in addition to records, the games also saw several elite athletes sustain injuries with the potential to end their sporting careers. These included French gymnast Samir Ait Said and Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten. The former broke his left leg dramatically during the qualification round for the vaults, injuring his tibia and fibula. This was the second time he sustained such an injury. Cyclist van Vlueten was left with three fractured vertebrae and a concussion after she flipped over her bicycle handlebars when she skidded on a wet track during a race. Elite athletes work very hard on their physical fitness; they train hard and for long hours; it’s natural that their bones and joints, ligaments and tendons go through intense pressure, causing wear and tear. The right physical therapy, nutrition, and rest help them stay in peak condition. However, injuries are unpredictable, and can cause irreversible physical damage that can end a person’s career or even their life in some cases. The treatment that sportsmen undergo which includes everything from surgery to rehabilitation is key to their recovery,” says Dr. Harold Vanderschmidt, Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon, Specialized in Arthroscopic Surgery of Knee and Shoulder, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery."