By Emmanuel Asante Attakora, GNA
Accra, Sept. 17, GNA – Dr Kyle Pierce, a
renowned weightlifting coach and fitness expert, has arrived in Ghana, ahead of
the International Conference on Physical Activity and Sport for Health
Development in Africa (IC-PASHDA), aimed at promoting physical activity for
good health and development in Africa and beyond.
The Third IC-PASHDA conference scheduled from
19th -21st September, 2018 at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic
Research (ISSER) Conference hall at the University of Ghana, Legon, would have
Dr Pierce speaking on the topic, “Strengthening and Conditioning”.
Dr. Pierce, speaking ahead of the program
noted that strengthening and conditioning is a very important aspect of sports,
which is usually ignored by athletes especially in Africa.
“Every sport has is particular
strengthening exercises, which cannot be ignored by athletes and when done
properly, would ensure that an athlete become very fit for whichever sport
According to him strengthening and
conditioning would help improve upon training for athletes and eventually
“People feel that, as long as they worked
out and lifted weight, then they are fit and it would enhance their performance
but that myth has been dispelled, people need to train separately for strength
and conditioning in order to excel,” he stated.
He said outside Africa, athletes have personal
trainers, that take them through strength related regimes to the particular
sport they are engaged in, as well as the conditioning aspect, which must be
encouraged in Ghana and Africa at large.
Dr. Pierce, who is a lecturer at the Louisiana
State University in Shreveport, USA said he would also introduce the idea of
certification for strengthening and conditioning, in order for Ghana to have
some coaches in that area.
That he said, would go a long way to ensure
that people aside athletes gain the needed strength to carry out their daily
Dr. Pierce commenting on the conference, which
is expected to bring sports men and women, academia and industry players
together said he was looking forward to a very interesting conference as he
would learn and share ideas, with other speakers that would come from several
parts of the world.
Dr. Pierce is a former weightlifter and his
studies in kinesiology are most often applied to sports and athletic
The event under the theme “Inclusive and
Innovative Physical Activity, Sports and Health Education for Sustainable
Development in Africa,” would be preceded by a workshop on 18th September, 2018
in areas including, Right to Play (using physical activities to solve academic
problems or to learn), teaching visually impaired persons by using physical
activities, lessons for keep fit instructors and sports management.