Introducing 'Dr E's Medic column'

Welcome to 'Dr. E's Medic Column', which is another exclusive and innovative feature column introduced by the official Moroka Swallows website. This column will provide you, the 'Birds' supporters, with all the latest info injuries and other related medical info from within the club. It will be brought to you by none other than the club's official medicine man, Dr. H.E Nematswerani.

Dr. Nematswerani is a very well-experienced 'medico' with a string of qualifications behind his name, including a Master of Medical Science (Sports Medicine) and a FIFA Medical Instructional Course on Doping Control.

He has been part of the Birds set-up since 1997 and is passionate about making a positive countribution to the team's success. 

He has worked as team doctor for Bafana Bafana (2000), Team South Africa - at the 8th All Africa Games (AAG) in Abuja Nigeria (2003) and is also the current team doctor for the the national Under-23 squad.

Below is the fisrt of 'The Doc's' weekly medical assessment of the 'Birds' senior squad.
1. Bjorn Gugger.

Injured about 4 weeks ago. It's actually a sort of recurrence of an old injury. Every winter/pre-season he gets an exacerbation of this injury.

He experiences immense pain on lateral (outside) of right knee. The injury has not healed despite intensive anti-inflammatory treatment, physiotherapy for 3 weeks (still continuing), and rest for over three weeks.

Mark Ferguson (our orthopaedic surgeon) gave him a shot of corticosteroid (cortisone) injection last but still has not responded well. He was still feeling pains when he tried to go for a jog on Monday.

Diagnosis: Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). Plus Biceps femoris tendinitis.

Opinion: Still undergoing treatment. Unfit for this weekend.
2. Goodman Mazibuko.

Left groin strain. Has not fully recovered despite three weeks of intensive anti-inflammatory treatment, physiotherapy, and rest. The nasty injury he sustained on the genitalia last season has healed completely.

Opinion: Unfit for this weekend.
3. Tebogo Monyai.

Injured on left groin about two weeks ago. Played with the pains but got worse. Could feel the pains even when jogging recently.

Diagnosis: Left groin strain. Ultrasound done showed no muscle tear, no swelling, no fluid in the groin. This is good and it indicates a mild groin strain.
Opinion: No training until Thursday August 17, when he is expected to undergo a fitness test.
4. Cecil Oerson.

Kicked on the knee at training and has suffered abrasions.

Diagnosis: Knee contusion (knock). He is due for reassessment.
1. Mohamed Ouseb.

Injured in April 2006 during a league match against Santos in Cape Town.

Diagnosis: (1) Anterior cruciate ligament tear of the right knee. (2) Meniscus tear of the right knee.
Operation: Underwent major operation in April 2006.

Opinion: He is out of action for six months and is currently undergoing rehabilitation. Hopefully should be ready to play by early November 2006.

That's it for this week, let's catch up again next week!

Dr. Ephraim Nematswerani
MBChB,MMedSc(Natal),DTM & H(Wits),FRSTM(UK)
Sport Physician
Moroka Swallows FC.

- 'Injury Time' with Dr Nematswerani
- 'In The Birds Nest'
- Q&A with Bjorn Gugger
- Chiefs DC appearance outcome
- Chiefs through to SAA Supa 8 final
- Birds v Chiefs: minute by minute
- 'Injury Time' with Dr Nematswerani
- David - 'Focus on Tshwane derby'
- Sundowns clip Swallows' wings
- 'Derbies'preparations going smoothly

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 24
SAA Supa 8 Semi-final
v Kaizer Chiefs
Venue: ABSA Stadium

Wednesday, September 20
Castle Premiership

0-1 v Sundowns
Venue: JHB Stadium

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

How do you rate the referee's performance in the Chiefs/Swallows match?
It was below par
He did his job
He could have done better