According to The CovidSurg Collaborative, a 120-country research initiative formed to analyze the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic on surgeries, around 28.4 million elective surgeries worldwide will be canceled or postponed in 2020, based on 12 weeks of peak disruption to hospital services due to COVID-19. This collaborative has also estimated that orthopedic procedures will be the most frequently canceled procedures, with 6.3 million orthopedic surgeries canceled worldwide over 12 weeks. The growth of the sports medicine market is halted due to the Covid-19 outbreak but is expected to be restored once the situation stabilises.
COVID-19 Impact on the Sports Medicine Market
The COVID-19 outbreak has upended many lives and businesses on an unprecedented scale. Due to the pandemic, most organized sports activities have been on hold or postponed. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic to 2021. Such developments are expected to significantly affect the growth of the sports medicine market in the coming months.
Globally, the incidence of sports injuries has increased over the last few years, primarily due to the growing participation in sports as well as active participation in fitness activities (as a result of the growing focus on leading healthy lifestyles).
According to Stanford Children’s Health, approximately 30 million adolescents and children in the US participate in sports annually, and more than 3.5 million sports injuries are reported each year. According to the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers, an estimated 2 million acute ankle injuries occur annually in the US.
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Sports medicine is widely used for the prevention of sports injuries as well as for the cure, recovery, and rehabilitation of athletes. The sports medicine applications market is segmented into knee injuries, shoulder injuries, foot ankle, elbow wrist, back spine, hip groin, and other injuries.
The body support recovery products segment is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. Products such as braces, supports, and physiotherapy equipment are required before and after procedures involving reconstruction. Thus, the demand for these devices is growing due to the increasing number of sports injuries globally.
The major vendors in the global sports medicine market include Arthrex, Inc (US), Smith Nephew plc (UK), Stryker Corporation (US), Breg Inc. (US), DJO Global, Inc. (US), Mueller Sports, Inc. (US), Wright Medical Group N.V. (US), Medtronic (Ireland), RTI Surgical (US), Performance Health International Limited (US), KARL STORZ (Germany), and Bauerfeind AG (US), Össur (Iceland), MedShape (US), Cramer Products (US), Biotek ( India), RôG Sports Medicine (US).
Market Research Developments
- In June 2020, Smith Nephew received the CE mark approval for Regeneten Bioinductive Implant, thus allowing its sale in key European markets.
- In March 2019, Arthrex partnered with Clemson University, US, with the aim of providing 10 scholarships worth USD 7500 each, for students who will take courses and internships specifically tailored to the needs of the surgical device industry
- In August 2018, DePuy Synthes entered in an agreement with SERF (Société d’Etude, de Recherche et de Fabrication), France, in order to strengthen its hip portfolio by adding a dual-mobility acetabular cup in hip implants.