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Young athletes need psychological treatment and physiotherapy

May 30, 2014

Annan Stella

GABORONE - One would agree that when it comes to competitions of such magnitude like the Africa Youth Games, medical issues need not to be compromised. Both medical teams, that is the ones by the Botswana African Youth Games Organising Committee (BAYGOC) and those by the various competing teams should be up to the task.

The medical issue was made known at the press briefing held on the 28 May 2014 organised by the BAYGOC Results and NOC Relations committee to brief the media on the state of the competition so far at the games village. On the issue of the medical situation at the games so far, Dr Lesego Sikele, chief medical officer said they were initially faced with challenges when they wanted to set up the medical station but later the issue was addressed and were moving on smoothly.

Furthermore, Dr Sikele revealed that as young athletes, their career was now starting hence their medical issues were also delicate and needed the attention it deserved. He said athletes did not only need physiotherapy to make them perform or have sound medical treatment but also needed psychological treatment. “We the medical team have had situations where we had to try and encourage athletes that are shuttered because they were expecting to win a medal but they could not .That is why we try to set up psychological Centre at all competition venues,” he said. Dr Sikele also showed how the medical was collaborating with the other athletics team medical officers as well. “This is because competition venues for Gaborone2014 are many the doctors for some of the teams are not enough that is why we are stationed there to deliver quality health care to them.”

Lastly, he said young athletes needed sound health care to avoid injuries that would end up shuttering their dreams or making them lose their careers