By Tirivashe Nheweyembwa

Mashonaland Central Province successfully hosted a Sports Medicine workshop on 27-28 March 2018 at Bindura Hospital which was attended by 35 participants drawn from Bindura, Shamva, Rushinga, Mount Darwin, Centenary and Mazoe Districts.

James Maganga Sports and Recreation Commission’s (SRC) Provincial Sport Coordinator said the purpose of the workshop was to equip the sport practioners with latest trends in sports injury prevention, care and management. This was as a result of the challenges which are being faced by the various teams across the Province at various in all the sporting activities that they embarked on. We also observed that most of the Team Officials in the province did not have sound knowledge of sports medicine and this meant that most injuries which could be prevented were happening and this was disadvantaging the Province as we were losing talented players owing as a result of our ignorance.

“Sport is now highly scientific and as a Province we noted that we needed to move with the latest trends in Sports Medicine and our hope is that this will help our Coaches to assist player to prevent potential injuries and in the event that they occur they know how to care for them. It is also our conviction that If we are to maximize on the potential of the athletes we need to infuse science into training and competition and certainly sports medicine becomes a key component of our sport programmes.

“The workshop also covered topics such as how to detect and assess injuries, prevention and referral system. We are hopeful that going forward our Team Officials will not waste time with athletes who may need specialized attention from the medical personnel from Referral Centres. We also exposed the Team Officials to playing environment, and practical sessions as it was the feeling of the Workshop Facilitators that at times injuries occur as a result of the playing surfaces or environments which expose the athletes to high risk of injury and practical sessions were also integral in giving a better insight into the gist of what Sports Medicine is all about”, Maganga said.

The workshop was conducted by Drs, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Rehabilitation Technicians who were all drawn from Bindura Hospital. Indeed sport can only reach its full potential if science is embraced in the training and preparation for any competition.

This is part of the educational drive that the province has embarked on as it implements its 2018 action plan and some of the courses that it will be offered during the course of year include Sports Administration, Event Management and Community Sport Leader Course.
James Maganga can be contacted on
+263 772 825 336 or email jtmaganga@gmail.com or Lindsay Tazvivinga on +263 775 204 007 or email Lindsay.tazvivinga@gmail.com

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