Although not common, back and neck injuries can occur in young athletes who participate in sports. Most athletic injuries to the back are sprains of the ligaments or strains of the muscles. However, several more serious conditions can have symptoms similar to a routine sprain or strain. Bearing in mind a similar narrative, Dr. Dayal Foundation has launched an initiative, Global Sports Injury Conclave 2020 (GSIC 2020) under the aegis of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association, that aims to bring together sports injury experts, nutritionists, and trainers from across the globe to talk about prevention in sports injuries primarily and management of it.
To be conducted on January 18, the conference will be host to some elite speakers, sharing their experiences in the sports industry. The most prominent ones across the duration of the conference will include renowned actor and fitness enthusiast Sunil Shetty, former South African cricketer Jonty Rodes, Physiotherapist Dr. Ali Irani, Consultant Orthopaedic Doctor Dr. Divya Prakash, Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Naveen Talwar, and Ramji Srinivasan to name a few. The speakers will address the audience on various topics ranging from serious injury management to human biomechanics in sports to nutrition and many more.
One of the key speakers at the conclave, Dr. Ali Irani, Head of Department – Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre told The Bridge:
Proper treatment of a young athlete always includes a good physician evaluation, agreed Dr. Irani. Injuries can see athletes miss out on glory time and again. But what is the way of tackling it? “I do not who is responsible. Whether it is the Sports Ministry or the Education Ministry or the SAI. It is high time one should realise the importance of sports injury and its effect upon a talented crop of athletes. It is not sufficient for sporting organisations like the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to be merely in a position to wait and treat injuries when they arise. Therefore, it is important to be aware of all the risk factors that could lead to injury in order that an athlete has the best possible chance to avoid such problems.”
From the very basic amateur sporting teams to top elite athletes, one should be aware of the stressors and loads of the athletes. Athletes’ well-being, training duration and their response to the training that they partake in are ought to be overemphasised. A mix of subjective and objective is ideal but everyone has to start somewhere and starting small is infinitely better than doing nothing at all. “Awareness is the key to success. The second most important thing is the infrastructure. Should these be taken into consideration, we can be well-equipped while tackling injuries,” he signed off.
(The first conclave of the country which focusses on sports injuries, GSIC 2020 will be held in JW Marriott in Bengaluru on January 18. Register here.)