Schoolboy rugby – Are we losing the plot

Schoolboy rugby – Are we losing the plot?

With everything going on at the moment in the school boy rugby world, one would be forgiven for asking the question, “Are we losing the plot”? It’s time we stepped back and re-examined what rugby is all about and why we encourage our sons to play. Rugby, and sport in general, has a lot to offer our children and their …

Designer Bodies

Designer Bodies

A few years ago, The Sharks injury prevention and performance programme, Sharksmart, anonymously surveyed 9824 male pupils attending 20 high schools in KZN regarding various lifestyle behaviours.  One section of the questionnaire related to the use of anabolic steroids, the results of which proved both interesting and somewhat surprising. The response rate to the survey was in excess of 80% …

drink more water

Five reasons to drink more water and five ways to help you do it.

Dr Phatho Zondi MBChB, MSc Sports Medicine, MBA Sports Science Institute of South Africa South Africans are spoilt by delightful weather, sunny skies and luscious nature that lures one to find ways to enjoy it. In all of this excitement, we often find ourselves indulging in these delights, but forgetting the basics that sustain us and keep us revitalized. Good hydration is …

sasma-challenge-2018

10 Challenges for you: 2018, are you keen?

Dr Phatho Zondi MBChB, MSc Sports Medicine, MBA Sports Science Institute of South Africa A blink of the eyes and its April already! We hope 2018 has started off well for you and that, having entered this Yyear with enthusiasm and vigor, you have found your rhythm and are now laying a solid foundation to achieve the goals you have set for …

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: what the GP needs to know

Dr Phatho Zondi MBChB, MSc Sports Medicine, MBA Sports Science Institute of South Africa PC Zondia, b First Published 2014 a Section of Sports Medicine, University of Pretoria, Pretoria b Exercise SMART Team, University of Pretoria The purpose of this article is to provide brief insight into delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), a phenomenon that is often experienced by recreational and elite athlete. The …

One road to Rome Exercise

One road to Rome: Exercise

By Dr Nicky Keay (@nickykfitness) Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of symptoms including: hypertension, dyslipidaemia, fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The underlying pathological process is insulin resistance which distorts metabolism. Temporal and mechanistic connections have been described between hyperinsulinaemia, obesity and insulin resistance. Insulin levels rise, potentially stimulated by an excess intake of refined carbohydrates and in addition the metabolic …

Mental health of elite young athletes

Mental health of elite young athletes: Spot and support them before it’s too late

Undergraduate perspective on Sport & Exercise Medicine – a BJSM blog series By Johnson Pok-Him Tam (@tamph4) and Manroy Sahni (@manroysahni) Elite sport is results driven. Each generation of new athletes is pushing themselves to new limits, to reach new heights and eclipse records set by their predecessors. But what impact can this constant cauldron of pressure and expectation have on the …

Exercise and fitness in young people – what factors contribute to long term health?

Part-2 of the blog mini-series on youth By Dr Nicky Keay Recent reports reveal that children in Britain are amongst the least active in the world. At the other end of the spectrum there have been a cluster of articles outlining the pitfalls of early specialisation in a single sport. Regarding the reports of lack of physical activity amongst young people in Britain, this is …

What distinguishes a healthy level of commitment from exercise addiction?

By Dr Nicky Keay nickykeay Health is not just the absence of illness, but rather the optimisation of all components of health: physical, mental and social. Exercise has numerous benefits on all these aspects. However, a recent article in the British Medical Journal described how exercise addiction can have detrimental physical, mental and social effects. Dedication and determination are valuable qualities required to be successful in life, including achieving …

Sleep for Success – Dr Dale Rae

What is your current area of interest/research? Chronobiology: the study of sleep and circadian rhythms as they relate to both general health (esp obesity and cardiometabolic diseases) and sports performance What is the most fascinating or complex realisation you have come to about this area so far? Sleep is a “not negotiable” factor when it comes to performance and health …