GFA medical team tout benefits of masseur training

A member of the Ghana Football Association medical team says clubs are in good position to deal with medical issues of players.

Dr. Prince Pambo was speaking after 19 team masseurs graduated from the first ever training course held at the University of Ghana’s College of Health Sciences at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

The first batch of graduands, which included some masseurs from the national teams, Premier League Clubs and Division One League clubs received certificates after 12 weeks of undergoing the training programme.

“In 90 percent of our clubs in the country the masseurs are the ones who play a key medical role. Most of the clubs don’t have doctors so what we decided to do was not to push doctors on some of the clubs, meaning we had to train their masseurs,” said Dr. Pambo in an interview with Joy Sports.

“What we stand to benefit is that the players will be well cared for because the masseurs have got new training so we will be having much more playing time.

“We have most of our players retiring from football early just because of cardiac strophic injury and we believe this programme will help in the prevention of some of injuries and the players will enjoy more longer careers.”

Cardiac stophic injuries are a leading cause of sudden deaths among sportspersons.  Story by Ghana/Joy Sports/Benedict Owusu

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