NAIROBI, June 14 – Medicine is a key element in the development of sports worldwide, IAAF World Under 18 Championships Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chief Executive Officer, Mwangi Muthee, said.
Addressing a three-day Sports Medicine Training as part of the build-up for the forthcoming IAAF World Under 18 Championships (July 12-16) in Nairobi on Thursday at the Sportsview Hotel, Nairobi, Muthee said sports without medicine is a fallacy.
“Sports medicine is a global trend that goes hand in hand with sports development. You don’t need to go to developed countries like USA and UK to know that this is what drives sports excellence these days,” Muthee told the more than 50 medical practitioners.
He asked the Director of Medical and Anti-Doping Sub-Committee of the LOC, Dr Jared Nyakiba, to award certificates to participants after the training to appreciate their work.
“This is the first step for you people to aim higher, possibly up to the Olympic Games. You should aspire to serve sports up to the highest levels,” he said.
Peter Ndihiu and Jessica Shiraku during the Sports Medicine Training at the Sportsview Hotel Nairobi on Thursday.
Drawing example from rugby where he served for a long time, as a player and President of Kenya Rugby Union, Mr Muthee said high performance programs thrive only in a clean environment, adding that there is cleaner environment in sports world than where athletes’ physical and mental condition is given top priority.
“When we developed a High Performance Program for rugby, which included a specialized sports medicine program, we finished fourth in the IRB series,” he told an applauding audience.
Among the subjects to discuss at the training included Basic Life Support, Syncope, general Trauma Assessment, Chest Pain, Heat Exhaustion, Sudden Collapse and Physiotherapy.
The second day (Friday) will discuss doping and anti-doping rule violations, responsibilities of an athlete and team support personnel, Therapeutic Use Exemption, Musculoskeletal injuries in track and field and lower extremity injuries in athletes.
The third day will deliberate on IAAF WU18 Emergency Response Plan. Doctors have been drawn from the spectrum of Kenyan sports, not limited to track and field alone.
“If you ignore high performance programs in your areas of specialization, you are bound to fail. This team is very important for what we are going to do next month (WU18 Championships,” he said.
“The IAAF Chief Executive Officer (Olivier Gers) visited us here yesterday and is impressed by the work we are doing,” he informed participants.
“All that work (staging the World U18) Championships will count for nothing if what you guys are supposed to do will not have been done properly,” he said.
“Some of you may not even watch action in the field. That is the sacrifice you may have to pay for your service to your country. But we will fit you with screens in those trenches so you can monitor the action,” he said.