South African sport is back in the international arena and is doing quite well lately. This year is the centenary of the modem Olympic movement. South Africa is hoping to win a gold medal in the track and Held athletics. So far only five South African athletes have succeeded in winning this much sought-after trophy.
The main objects of the South African Sports Medicine Association are the advancement of the science and art of sports medicine, and to foster, promote, support, augment, develop and encourage investigative knowledge of sports medicine and its ramifications.
""Running records are still far below human physiological limits. The restraints on performance are psychological: good runners do not work as hard once they have set a record or won a medal."" Ryder et aI (1976)
After winning 7 gold medals at the Montreal Olympics Mark Spitz said: ï¿½At this level of physical skill, the difference between winning and losing is 99% psychologicalï¿½. The reason is that elite athletes in a specific sporting discipline are, to a large extent, fairly equal on physiological, technical and tactical factors. When elite athletes compete the one who wins is usually the one who is mentally the strongest on that given day.
The Cardiology unit of the Department of Internal Medicine of the 'Faculty of Medicine', University of Stellenbosch, under the leadership of Professor HFH Weich, in co-operation with Tygerberg Hospital, owe their successful cardiac rehabilitation programme to the fact that patients are effectively motivated to become fit through regular walking.