Sports medicine is an integral part in the career of sports women and men. The life span of any sports person involved in active sports will greatly be determined by the medical attention he or she receives.
Since the new executive of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) came into office under the leadership of Mr. William Blick, there have been several partnerships signed in a bid to improve on the athletes’ careers.
All the commissions at UOC have had refresher courses and the latest to benefit from such programmes is the Medical commission. UOC are now building on the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) they signed with the Aga Khan Foundation Hospital to help the doctors, physiotherapists and trainers get the vast knowledge about sport medicine.
In his opening remarks while representing the chairman of Medical commission Dr. Robert Zavuba who is was on official duty in Germany, the UOC acting Administrator Elijah Njawuzi revealed that Ugandan athletes have retired from active sports due to injuries.
’80% of our athletes that have retired from sports attribute their debacles to injuries which could have been controlled’ said Njawuzi who read from Zavuga’s speech.
Uganda has had history of some athletes failing to detect minor injuries while in training. But they later turn up for major international sports events when the injuries have flared up which denies them good performances.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC)four day funded course will see the participants learn more on the roles of doctors, Olympic movement medical code, organisation and functions of anti-doping programmes.
The day’s first facilitator was Dr Kadodoba Byaruhanga Akiiki-an experienced sports administrator who took the participants through the concepts of the Olympic Movement.
‘Olympics isn’t about winning. All those attached to the Olympic movement follow the three values of excellence, friendship and respect’ said Kadodoba.
Kadodoba added that athletes should strive to create a good image for their country while taking part in the Olympic Games.
Uganda’s leading doctors and physiotherapists in sports medicine like Dr. Emmanuel Ewochu, Geb Aleku, Dr. Leonard Were and Doctor Robert Opoka are some of the facilitators for the course.
About Sports medicine: Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Although most sports teams have employed Team physicians for many years, it is only since the late 20th century that Sport and Exercise Medicine has emerged as a distinct entity in health care.
Common sports injuries
Concussion– caused by severe head trauma where the brain moves violently within the skull so that brain cells all fire at once, much like a seizure
Muscle Cramps– a sudden tight, intense pain caused by a muscle locked in spasm. Muscle cramps are also recognized as an involuntary and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax
ACL Sprains– The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament involved in knee stabilization. An ACL rupture can occur when the foot is planted and the knee twists to change direction.
Ankle Sprain– The ligaments that hold the ankle bones in place can easily be overstretched.
Shin Splints– The tissue that attaches the muscles of your lower leg to the shin bone may be pulling away from the bone, or it may be inflamed from overuse.