SAFA hosts ground-breaking Medical Symposium

SAFA hosts ground-breaking Medical Symposium
20 May 2018 01:30

The ground-breaking SAFA/CAF Medical Symposium which touched on various medical issues afflicting the game and addressed ways to find lasting solutions took place at SAFA House on Saturday, 19 May 2018.

 

The Symposium was opened by SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble who emphasised the importance of hosting such critical seminars. Mumble said such gatherings where important in keeping the continent abreast with modern technology adding such meetings will change the face of African football.

 

The Symposium under the theme ‘Football Medicine; Are we winning’ was attended by various medical personnel from both CAF and FIFA and was presided over by SAFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Thulani Ngwenya.

 

Among the topics which the team brainstormed over included ethics, doping, football medicine, the rules and regulation, psychology, nutrition, rehabilitation and recuperation.

The Symposium also touched on concussion management, the new trends and effective communication between clubs and national teams.

 

However, the topic which took centre stage was the prevalent cases of cardiac arrest which is common among mostly players of African descent. The participants also debated on the need for medical personnel to be on the alert during matches and to attend to players in distress as urgently as possible.

 

With the ever-changing trends in the game, Dr Ngwenya hailed the symposium and the sharing of ideas among various delegates as a catalyst of growing the game on the continent.

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