'Injury Time' with Dr. E. Nematswerani

After a week of Premier Soccer League (PSL) inactivity, Dr. Nematswerani's column, INJURY TIME is back with yet another weekly medical update from within the nest of the 'Beautiful Birds'.

I hope that the report will be both stimulatory and interesting to not only Birds' supporters but all those interested in the players' well-being.

Here we go!
1. Patrick Mabedi.
He sustained a right hamstring muscle injury two weeks ago; i.e. during a game against Black Leopards in Thohoyandou. An Ultrasound Scan done on 29/08/2006 showed a large 70x26x40mm region of muscle contusion and haematoma in the proximal-to-mid Biceps Femoris and Semimembranosus muscles (hamstring muscles).
At the time of doing the scan, it was not possible to see a distraction defect or muscle tear, due to the clotted blood in the muscle.
I have therefore booked him for a repeat scan on Tuesday 12/09/2006 to assess the possibility of a muscle tear, before allowing him to resume training.
Beyond the most obvious forms of treatment (medical and physio treatments), he received an Autologous Platelet Rich Injection (APRI) today 07/09/2006.
What is APRI?
In this procedure, small sample of blood is drawn from the player's arm. Platelets are then carefully removed from this sample. These platelets (blood cells) are then injected back into the site of muscle injury.
Role of APRI?
Platelets modulate and promote the healing process and in the process avoid scarring of the injured muscle.
2. Goodman Mazibuko.
His left groin has improved tremendously. He is unfortunately suffering from a recurrence of the injury he sustained on the genitalia during a match last season. I am awaiting the specialist's opinion as regards the way forward.
He is not yet fit to play.
3. Sibusiso Dlamini.
He twisted his left ankle on Sunday whilst on national duty for his country. Diagnosis: Left ankle sprain. Opinion: To resume training Tuesday 12/09/2006.
4. Mohamed Ouseb.
Still undergoing rehab following right knee operation (anterior cruciate ligament tear).
5. Bjorn Gugger.
Has now recovered from his right knee injury. He has been training  for the past 10 days without any adverse effects.
Looking forward to an injury-free weekend.
Dr Humbulani Ephraim Nematswerani.
Sports Physician/Travel Med Consultant.
Moroka Swallows FC.

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Sunday, September 24
SAA Supa 8 Semi-final
Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs
Venue: ABSA Stadium

Saturday, September 30
Castle Premiership
Ajax v Moroka Swallows
Venue: Newlands Stadium

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
Moroka Swallows v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
Arrows v Moroka Swallows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, September 17
Castle Premiership
0-0 vs Benoni P. United
Venue: Meadowlands Stadium

Wednesday, September 13
Castle Premiership (POSTPONED)
Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, September 10
Castle Premiership
1-0 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Saturday, August 26
Castle Premiership
0-2 vs Black Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Sunday, August 20
SAA Supa 8 Q/F
2-1 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Will Moroka Swallows win the SAA Supa 8?