SA to host FIFA's medicine congress

It has been announced that South Africa will host one of the first major FIFA events prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup - the International FIFA Sports Medicine Congress.

The event known as the FIFA FUTURO III Football Medicine Instructors' course will be held at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel Conference Centre, Sandton, from Tuesday, January 23, to Saturday, January 27

It is a full-day five-day course that will feature various topics on Sports Medicine; including a workshop on doping control on Sunday, January 28.

FIFA has these FUTURO pro-active development programmes, the purpose of which is to focus on the education of member association instructors in the topics of coaching, refereeing, administration & management and sports medicine.

It is expected that participants at these development courses will continue to teach others in the member countries.

Member countries are expected to select participants based on their experience and qualifications. In this case, participants are Sports Medicine doctors working with member associations as national team doctors and/or instructors.

Invited participants for this course will come from the following countries: Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Each country will send two-three participants, with a total of 27 doctors having confirmed their attendance, to date.

The course is delivered through the FIFA Development office in Botswana, directed by the FIFA Development Officer for the region, Mr Ashford Mamelodi. He will be assisted by Dr Sello Motaung, who was appointed by SAFA to co-ordinate the course.

The course will be run by experts in the field of Sports Science and Medicine, which will include International FIFA Instructors and selected local speakers.

International speakers at the course include the following:

- Prof Jiri Dvorak (Switzerland): Chairman of F-MARC (FIFA Medical and Research Centre) and member of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee
- Dr Yacine Zergini (Algeria): Member of F-MARC and the FIFA Sports Medical Committee
- Prof Lars Peterson (Sweden): Member of F-MARC
- Dr James Sekajugo (Uganda): FIFA
- Dr Donald Kirkendal (USA): FIFA

Local speakers will include the following:

- Prof Martin Schwellnus: Sports Physician
- Dr Demitri Constantinou: Sports Physician
- Dr Sello Motaung: Sports Physician
- Dr Martin Mpe: Cardiologist
- Mthetho Tshemese: Psychologist

The course is expected to cover all major areas in Football Medicine and will include hands-on practical sessions.

These areas include:

- Team doctor roles and responsibilities
- Training and assessment of performance
- Environmental issues and travel medicine
- Nutrition and fluids
- Sports Injuries; diagnosis, prevention and management
- Medical conditions; diagnosis, prevention and management
- Female and young players
- Field-side preparedness and emergency medical planning at games
- Doping control issues

Course participants and the FIFA Instructors are expected to arrive in the country from Sunday, January 21 to Monday, January 22.

The course will be preceded by an opening ceremony at 8am on Tuesday, January 23 at the Southern Sun Grayston, Conference Centre, which will be attended by a number of dignitaries from the football, Medical and Local Government spheres.

At the end of the course on January 28, all participants will be presented with certificates at a closing ceremony to be held on the same afternoon.

Article published courtesy of, the official SAFA website

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