The four day sports medicine course that attracted sports doctors, physiotherapists and coaches from the federations affiliated to Uganda Olympic committee climaxed on Thursday at Imperial Royale Hotel.
Over 40 participants took part in the course that saw the participants get vast knowledge on introduction to basic life support, simple first aid, emergencies, anti-doping, nutrition and management of injuries. Some of the country’s leading sports doctors took part in the course. At the closing ceremony of the course, the Chief Guest Chairman Technical at National council of sports Hajji Zubair Galiwango said that he is hoping the lessons will help the participants share the information with rest of the local sports fraternities through their federations.
Galiwango said ‘I’m hopeful that we shall not have any more injured players included in Team Uganda for international championships’. His comments led to a round of laughter from the participants.”
“It has been common practice for our athletes to keep silent on their injuries so that they can travel and get allowances’ added Galiwango.
One of the participants and facilitators Dr. Julius Ssemakula of Aga Khan Foundation Hospital said that some of the topics discussed on were new to the team but he is hopeful that they have learned a lot.
Dr. Leonard Were –who traveled all the way from Gulu (300Kms) to Kampala is a general doctor practitioner.
“This is vast knowledge picked form here and I will pass it on to the rugby fraternity’ said Were who has been close to the National team for a long time.
With the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and CHAN football finals coming up next year, the participants will be keen on trying out what they got from the course.
Uganda Olympic committee has promised to approach various medical organisations and the International Olympic Committee to get courses for the sports medical team in the country.