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Medical chat with Dr Lone Bogwasi

The field of Exercise and Sports Medicine is a diverse field looking at athlete health and well-being in effort to support them and provide a conducive ground for them to achieve their greatest potential during participation.

Composition of Professionals:

1. Sports Physician – A medical doctor with post-graduate training in sports medicine. Leads athlete care in collaboration with other professionals. Expertise is well rounded and refers treatment to the relevant disciplines of care.

2. Physiotherapist – Provides all rounded physical therapy and guides return to play process along with other members of the team.

3. Biokineticist – Deals with the science of movement along with identification and correction of factors likely to cause injury. They take the batton from the Physiotherapist and are the final phase before an athlete starts with the physical trainer.

4. Sports Nutritionist/Dietician: Deals with the nutritional aspect of the player to ensure they are well fueled to participate. They work with the team to guide on the diet plan before, during and after activity. Also has insight on Antidoping measures.

5. Psychologist – Deals with the psychological aspect of the athlete, be it treatment or motivation. Important part as a demotivated athlete cannot reach their full potential.

6. Sports Scientist: They guide the team regarding how the body works during physical activity, the physiologic adaptations to training and the science behind training methods.

7. Physical Trainer – They work with the team in walking the player through a gradual rehabilitation process.

All these are a minimum for a safe, adequate evidence based approach to aid athlete performance. They work hand in hand with the technical team to compliment their training efforts.

Scripted by: Dr Bogwasi (BFA Medical committee chair)

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FIFA CONNECT workshop in Hukuntsi

Botswana Football Association Competition department today completed a two day FIFA CONNECT workshop in Hukuntsi run by Regions and competitions manager and FIFA connect Administrators Olebile Pilara .

FIFA connect is a Web based platform used to register soccer player, referees, coaches, teams,etc

It allows all our members to have full visibility on their football landscape, which will have a tremendous impact on their governance, but will also bring benefits on the footballing side.

Knowing your players better, where they are and who they are is vital for football development.

FIFA CONNECT is an excellent way for us to streamline our administrative and organisational processes, and is in line with the key pillar of our strategic plan to harness the power of IT to better administer the game.

This platform will further enhance our capabilities in organising competitions and also enable us to maintain an accurate, up to date database of every person and entity involved in Botswana Football.

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