Letter Of Introduction

25 October 2019 Dear SASMA member, On behalf of myself and the Past President (Dr Pierre Viviers) of SASMA, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for your valuable participation at the SASMA Conference 2019 in Cape Town. I am thrilled to report that based on feedback we have received thus far, the attending delegates found the entire …

The Final Countdown to the SASMA Congress 2019!

The SASMA & BRICSCESS 2019 Congress is nearly here! With less than a month to go, we thought we would share a few highlights to look forward to! Limited spaces on these pre-conference workshops available! Register now to avoid disappointment Conference: 11 – 13 October, 2019 With over 70 sessions to choose from and invited speakers from 6 continents, the …

18th Biennial Congress of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA)

2019 will see Cape Town play host to the 18th Biennial Congress of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA).  Over the years, SASMA congresses proved to be of exceptional standard and relevant to the current trends in Sport Science and Medicine. The 2019 Congress will be no different and amongst others, will take a deep look into various themes, …

South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) support for Caster Semenya

21 February 2019 SASMA officially wants to communicate support to Caster Semenya during her hearing this week in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The objective of SASMA is to promote sports science and sports medicine as supported by ethical and evidence-based guidelines, to the benefit of the South African community. Therefore, the health and safety of athletes are always …

Popping painkillers before endurance events can cause severe long-term damage

Popping painkillers before endurance events can cause severe long-term damage – UP study

For the average marathon runner, excruciating pain is often inevitable during endurance runs, and popping a few painkillers before or during a race to make the pain more bearable seems like a no-brainer and is quite common. But a recent collaborative study by UP Sport, Exercise, Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI) has raised concerns that neither athletes nor race organisers realise …

WADA PROHIBITED LIST 2019

WADA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPROVES THE 2019 PROHIBITED LIST

Montreal, 21 September 2018 – Yesterday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a media release related to the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), subject to strict conditions. Meeting in the Seychelles upon the invitation of the National Sports Council of the Seychelles, WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) primarily focused on this …

EIM-Latest-News-July-18

Latest EIM News – July 2018

Highlights from Minneapolis More than 5,000 professionals from around the world gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the end of May for the American College of Sports Medicine’s 35th Annual Meeting and 9th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. Attendees reconnected with friends, gained insights and celebrated several ACSM milestones, including EIM’s 10th anniversary. Here are just a few highlights: ·  …

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 …