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 …

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% …

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 …

Drugs in Sport LIST 2012

A list of South African TRADE NAMES of prohibited, restricted and permitted drugs / preparations & GENERIC NAMES of prohibited and restricted substances based on the World Anti-Doping Code 2012 PROHIBITED LIST INTERNATIONAL STANDARD