I have reported on 50 patients admitted to the Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Conradie Hospital in Cape Town from 1964 to 1980, with paralysis due to rugby injuries to the cervical spinal cord. Since the first paper, published in 1976 1 there has been considerable discussion as regards reducing the incidence of these serious injuries and various changes to the rules have been introduced. In an attempt to ascertain whether following on these rule changes, there has been any decrease in the incidence of, or change in the mechanism of, these injuries, an analysis of the case histories and the radiographs of all rugby players admitted to the Spinal Cord Injury Centre during the 7 year period 1981 to 1987 has been made.
The Department of Forestry has recently initiated the National Hiking Way System with paths being laid on in famous picturesque mountain areas. Eventually, these paths will take one from the Zoutpansberg in the north along the Drakensberg and the Cape ranges right to the southernmost tip of the continent and further around. Routes may be used in full or in part.
During the past two decades there has been a growing awareness of the association between psychological factors and sports performance. In particular the effectiveness of various psychological techniques and procedures in improving performance was extensively researched. However, a review of the literature revealed that very little systematic research has been done on the possible relationship between psychological factors and sports injuries. The genesis of injury is considered a complex, multifactorial process. The only psychological variable studied in this regard is stress.
In this, the first of a series of articles by Dr Tim Noakes ï¿½ noted sports medicine researcher of the University of Cape Town ï¿½ on common sports problems, a closer look at heat-related injuries is taken.
There are many superstitions about the various foods athletes should eat (and avoid) to improve their performance. However, it is known that the nutritional requirements of athletes are based on the same fundamental principles that govern the nutrition of human beings in general.