Travelling to strange places for purposes of competing in sport might seem attractive; in reality it makes great demands on team managers, coaches, and athletes, irrespective of a trip abroad for a single competition or preparations for a prolonged tour. Problems are encountered as a result of crossing time zones which are very different in nature from the ï¿½travel-fatigueï¿½ after flying north or south, or after long journeys in cars or buses. Methods for reducing the severity and duration of these negative effects are descriptionbed and their scientific basis is explained.
The purpose of this article is to highlight some important and practical hints on ï¿½qualitiesï¿½ of the individual physiotherapist, appropriate equipment, daily routines, and remuneration. The views expressed in this article are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of either my colleagues or professional bodies to which I belong.
Since South Africaï¿½s re-introduction into the world sporting arena in 1991, we have seen most of our sporting teams compete on the international stage. Achievements had a positive and rewarding effect on our sportsmen and women and the people of our country who support them, but also the so-called ï¿½backroom teamï¿½ of the sports medicine fraternity (doctors, physiotherapists, masseurs, nutritionists and exercise specialists) who have becomc an integral part of keeping our teams fit and healthy and striving for their winning ways.
Soccer is the most popular sport in South Africa and World-wide. There are approximately 40 million organised players and between 100-150 million participants in total. As the popularity of football has grown, football injuries have become the object of increasing medical attention.
South Africa has shorn that its recent re-emergence into world sporting events has not gone unnoticed and our athletes are proving to be highly competitive. With exercise science and research playing a major role, our athletes should be assured of the best training and preparation needed to optimise performance. Athletes are continually seeking to gain a competitive edge either through scientific or other means, one of which is nutrition.