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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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BFA GRANTS AMROUCHE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

GABORONE, Botswana – Following the request by Senior National Team Coach, Adel Amrouche for leave of absence to attend to a personal matter, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) wishes to inform the public that he has been granted the leave with immediate effect.

Since the COSAFA tournament is the last competitive tournament for the Zebras in the immediate future, the BFA amicably resolved to release Amrouche. The affairs of the National team in preparation for the tournament, set to take place in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa from 7-18 July 2021 shall be handed over to Letang Kgengwenyane.

“The BFA understands and supports Mr. Amrouche’s situation and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours,” said BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor.

Amrouche took over as the Zebras head coach in August 2019 on a two-year deal. After weeks of engaging with the coach over his future, an agreement was reached not to extend his contract.

Adel Amrouche

“Amrouche has been Zebras head coach since August 2019, and his leadership during that time was important to our successful development and international exposure of our players,” added Taylor.

“We appreciate all that Amrouche has done to build a disciplined team. He has always had a thorough understanding of what it takes to be a successful team and has done his best to mentor his players accordingly,” concluded Taylor.

Amrouche has since expressed gratitude towards the BFA for the opportunity.
“I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to lead the Zebras over the last two years. I leave having picked up quite a number of valuable lessons that will be necessary in the journey ahead. I wish the Zebras success in future competitions,” Amrouche said in statement recently.

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