About 15 medical staff attached to the Barbados Football Association (BFA) will be better equipped to deal with high intensity medical situations by the week’s end.
That is because FIFA hosted a two-day Football Medical Course at the Barbados Olympic Association beginning today.
President Randy Harris urged those in attendance not to keep the information gathered to themselves, but instead to share it, especially with the youth involved.
“I think we are really fortunate that FIFA would think of us. This is one thing that most presidents in the Caribbean neglect. Most of the time we see football, we don’t see the injuries; we’re looking for results. So when we have a course like this that can bring prominence to the importance of working together as a team, I think we are fortunate.
“I want you to work and come and assist the young people from age nine, and I hope that the Football Association, in turn, will be able to benefit from what you are coming here to keep up to date with. You are all professionals, but it is just a matter that we are still behind the ball,” he said.
Participants of the course would be schooled in topics such as the role of a team doctor, minimum stadium requirements, injury prevention, along with a series of practical workshops. Course facilitators include Dr Andre Pedrinelli of Brazil, Dr Alejandro Soler of Colombia and Anja Konig from FIFA.
Chair of the BFA’s Medical Committee Dr Renee Best implored the participants to take in the experience and advice of the course facilitators.
“The medical personnel are an important part of football and the wider football family. We play a vital role in facilitating the success of our football teams and therefore it is essential that we train just as hard as our players. When I say train, I mean that we must continue to keep up to date on our skills and our knowledge on an ongoing basis,” he said.
Additionally, Dr Best reminded them that “with great power comes great responsibility”.
“In the end, our actions can affect the health and overall performance of those we serve. Over the next two days I ask you to have an inquisitive mind; ask a lot of questions. Be a sponge and soak up the knowledge, freely share your experiences with others and be prepared to put what you learnt into action. Those of you who carry the medical capacity, have great power with that responsibility. Embrace the responsibility and become a protector of everyone under your care,” he advised.