The most important aspect of sports, be it local, backyard, or international, is to ensure the safety of the participants. This mandate has become the rallying call of sport medicine associations worldwide, ever since this important branch of medicine became ‘mainstream’ in the early 1960s. Most international sporting associations now make it mandatory that teams have as part of their ‘official’ delegation, a member of the medical fraternity with proven expertise in identifying, managing, and treating injuries. However, before identifying, managing, and treating injuries to team members, the medically trained individual must first advise and implement procedures to PREVENT injuries. LACK OF KNOWLEDGE Unfortunately, whereas this fundamental requirement is strictly adhered to in some international competitions, where the medical person is identified and given an official role and responsibilities, the paucity of such individuals has allowed some organisations to appoint persons with basic medical qualifications but with an alarming lack of specific knowledge of the sport to which they have been appointed. This lack of knowledge soon becomes apparent to the technical staff assigned to the team, with the resulting (and unfortunate) sequel where medical advice is rarely sought and if obtained, studiously ignored. I have noticed this flaw/anomaly, and my investigation has led me to believe that economics seem to be the driving force behind this potentially dangerous practice. I have found that there is no sporting organisation that deliberately goes out of its way to appoint medical personnel, to fulfil rule requirements, who lack either expertise or experience in the skills required for this important aspect of team selection. The individuals who have taken the time (and sacrifice) to get trained in the basics of sport medicine, generally tend to have pressing economic needs that somehow have to be acknowledged. Therefore, because of the cost involved, teams often tend to request friends and associates with medical qualification in an unrelated field to ‘volunteer’, thus fulfilling the rule requirements of the sport. In Third-World countries where money is generally tight, this usually works, until the technical ‘expert’ in the team believes that he/she knows more than the medical appointee. This ‘stand-off’ usually occurs when a ‘star’ player is involved. I have known of cases where a key player has suffered a fractured leg during a strategic stage of a football final and the medic on duty is beseeched with instructions to “just bandage the leg. Don’t take him off. If him come off, doc, we dead!” Amazingly, this request was compounded by similar sentiments from the player himself! In football, the great Franz Beckenbauer of the then West Germany was allowed to continue playing in a crucial World Cup match with a dislocated shoulder, because “if him come off … we dead”. In the NFL recently, star quarterback Cam Newton was allowed to continue playing after suffering an obvious head injury in a game where recent lawsuits by NFL players with brain abnormalities, who were encouraged to continue playing by technical and sometimes medical personnel, are becoming more and more frequent. The recent, untimely sudden death of youngsters involved in sports in Jamaica has galvanised interest in pre-participation-evaluation by schools that have been sending team members for evaluation. But, if a star player is sent for an evaluation before a crucial game, and that evaluation detects an abnormality that needs further investigation before clearance is obtained, the star player is allowed to play, with no one taking responsibility for the obvious breech of agreed protocol. This defiance of medical advice became international news last week when it was revealed that the team physician of the Trinidad and Tobago national senior football team, Dr Terence Babwah, a member of the FIFA medical committee for over 10 years, resigned because his professional integrity and that of the team’s medical staff had been compromised by decisions leading up to the Honduras game. Dave Isaac, the team physiotherapist for the past four years, has also resigned. Dr Babwah’s resignation has brought into sharp focus the importance of medical advice to teams given by those entrusted with the awesome responsibility to PROTECT squad members from possible serious injury. The team member was the goalkeeper, Jan-Michael Williams, who, during the game, suffered a head injury and had to be substituted 10 minutes into the game. Apparently, the medical team had advised against his playing the game in the first place! It is high time that administrators of team sports in Jamaica ‘take sleep mark death’ and begin to make rules and protocols that MANDATE that the medical advice given by suitably qualified medics is followed, with serious consequences for proven defiance of their advice. Unsubstantiated rumours about medical advice being ignored in the death of children involved in sports, makes this call an urgent priority.
MOSCOW (AP):Maria Sharapova will return from her 15-month doping ban at a tournament in Germany in April.Car manufacturer Porsche, which sponsors both Sharapova and the event in Stuttgart, said yesterday that Sharapova has been given a wild-card entry into the tournament. It will be her first official competition since she tested positive for meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.”I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” said the 29-year-old Sharapova, who won the Stuttgart tournament from 2012-14. “I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.”Sharapova will be eligible to return on April 26, the third day of main-draw play, which could leave her facing a busy schedule of matches in order to win a fourth Stuttgart title.”I’m sure the fans will be excited to see her play,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.The Russian will have to rely on wild-card invites to tournaments, including Grand Slams, for a while because her ban means she has fallen out of the world rankings, which only count tournament performances over the preceding 12 months.Sharapova was originally banned for two years but that was reduced on appeal in October. She said she had used meldonium for years for medical reasons and was not aware it had been banned for 2016.During her ban, she has played in some exhibition events. Known for setting up her own confectionery brand and for an interest in the commercial side of tennis, Sharapova also enrolled in a two-week programme at Harvard Business School last year.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Zlatan Ibrahimovic compensated for Paul Pogba’s moment of recklessness by scoring Manchester United’s late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against fierce rivals Liverpool, a result that damaged both teams’ Premier League title chances yesterday.Ibrahimovic maintained his hot streak with a glancing header in off the crossbar in the 84th minute at Old Trafford, cancelling out James Milner’s 27th-minute penalty that was conceded by Pogba’s handball.On the day United rolled out advertising hoardings displaying Pogba’s new Twitter emoji, the player himself made a crucial mistake while jumping with his back to the ball at a corner.Liverpool ended United’s nine-game winning run in all competitions six of which had come in the league but dropped seven points behind first-placed Chelsea. Sixth-placed United were 12 points off the leaders.”We get one point, but we were not on the top of our game. It was a hard fight, a hard game,” Ibrahimovic said. “I think we did simple mistakes. We were not comfortable.”Wayne Rooney, needing one goal to surpass Bobby Charlton as United’s outright record scorer, came on for the start of the second half but didn’t have a genuine chance at a history-making goal in an intense, scrappy match between English football’s two most decorated clubs.United’s recent form had raised the possibility of a late run at the title, so this result was a setback.However, Mourinho’s team got some reward with a more direct approach late in the game. Marouane Fellaini came on as a 76th-minute substitute and the tall Belgian made a difference and played a key role in the goal.His glancing header from a left-wing cross struck the post and the ball eventually made its way to right back Antonio Valencia, whose return cross was met by Ibrahimovic for his 14th league goal of the season. He has scored 11 goals in his last 11 league games.”They played long balls,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “It was a wild game.”Milner’s penalty was Liverpool’s only real chance in the first half, with United having more sight at goal in particular one-on-one chances for Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pogba skewed his chance wide and Mkhitaryan was denied by Simon Mignolet.Rooney’s arrival in place of Michael Carrick meant the game became more open and disjointed, and Liverpool suddenly looked dangerous on the counterattack, especially after Philippe Coutinho came on as a substitute.”We didn’t reflect the qualities we have and Liverpool have but it was very emotional, intense, aggressive. We fought until the last second,” Mourinho said.”We were the team that attacked and Liverpool were the team that defended.”
Andrae Bernal came on as a late substitute and scored the winning goal for the University of the West Indies FC against Tivoli Gardens in a thrilling 3-2 encounter in the Red Stripe Premier League at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. UWI’s scorers were Kemoy Atkinson (34th), Girvon Brown (44th) and Bernal (90th plus one minute). Peter Keyes (22nd) and goalkeeper Edsel ‘Robbie’ Scott converted from the penalty spot in the 76th minute for Tivoli. The game was a fierce encounter as both teams ended with ten players each. Tivoli’s Shavar Campbell picked up a red card in the 35th minute for violent conduct, while Kemar Flemmings was issued a second yellow card and was ejected in the 79th minute. The teams battled each other hard for the entire game. However, UWI scored in added time to break the deadlock. Bernal was naturally happy to score the winning goal for his team. “The aim was to get three points, and that was achieved in a team effort,” Bernal, who replaced Anthony Greenland in the 83rd minute, told The Gleaner. “We want to finish in the top two for an automatic semi-final spot in the championship round, so to beat the leaders was very good for the team,” he added. THE ISSUE OF INJURIES Bernal has been in and out of the team due to injuries and is looking forward to staying injury-free for the remainder of the season. “We are a confident young team and I want to stay injury-free in order to assist the team,” he added. UWI coach Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle disclosed that the game plan was not to make Tivoli beat us in their physical game. “We didn’t want Tivoli to get the better of us in a physical encounter, so we were prepared for that,” Gayle said. Meanwhile, coach of Tivoli Gardens Omar Edwards said his team moved away from the game plan. “We lost our emotion and deviated from the game plan. The early red card took a toll on the team. We played with ten players for too long,” Edwards said. The win pushed UWI on to 42 points, the same as Montego Bay United and Tivoli Gardens. However, Tivoli remained in pole position with a superior goal difference. Yesterday’s results Reno 2 Montego Bay United 0 Arnett Gardens 4 Jamalco 1 Humble Lion 2 Boys’ Town 0 Tivoli Gardens 2 UWI 3 Maverley 1 Waterhouse 2 Harbour View 3 Portmore United 2
Captain Nikita Miller says staying in front will be the top priority of leaders Jamaica Scorpions heading into their sixth round WICB Four-day Tournament fixture against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park, starting today.The top-of-the-table contest will see Jamaica with a record of three wins, a draw and a defeat, looking to extend a three point advantage over the Jaguars, who are second following results of two wins, two draws and a defeat.The 10-round tournament is completed by Barbados Pride in third, Windward Islands Volcanoes in fourth, Leeward Islands Hurricanes in fifth and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in sixth and last position.”It’s a big game between two teams who have ambitions of winning the tournament,” was the way Miller summed up the contest.”But we are ahead and they are chasing, and the hope is that at the end of the game it will remain that way.”The Scorpions, who after losing their opener away to the Jaguars, has since grown from strength to strength and are coming off back-to-back wins, and will be seeking to continue that momentum.BRUSHED ASIDEThis, however, according to Miller, can only be had if his batsmen continue to show their worth as they did at home to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and away to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Led by enterprising young batsmen Brandon King, opener John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood and Andre McCarthy, the Scorpions brushed aside the challenge of the Hurricanes by an innings and 73 runs, while against the Red Force they were 132 runs victors.”In our recent successful games it is our batting that brought us through, and gave us the confidence we really needed,” outlined Miller.”We are therefore looking forward to this to continue, as our bowling is always there and there about.”In addition to the left-arm spin of Miller and the leg-spin of Damion Jacobs, the Scorpions bowling unit has been bolstered by the return of fast bowlers, Jerome Taylor and Marquino Mindley.The pair has replaced the injured Reynard Leveridge, and Gavon Brown, respectively.Guyana with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in their line-up will additionally look to emerging batsmen Leon Johnson, Vishaul Singh and Rajendra Chandrika to spearhead their batting, while as it relates to their bowling much will be expected of left-arm spinners GudakeshMotie and VeerasammyPermaul.”It should be a close contest as Guyana is a good team and have good players in their team,” Miller said.
Montego Bay United club president Orville Powell appears to be a magnet for controversy. The outspoken and eccentric Powell has been the proverbial thorn in the side of football officialdom in Jamaica. Mr. Powell shot to national prominence as the man who dared to strategically change the name and structure of popular Montego Bay football club Seba United to Montego Bay United with the guiding principle then being that the relatively small Montego Bay football fraternity should pool its resources and throw its support behind a United Montego Bay football force. At the time, the voices and actions of resistance resonated loudly across the western football fraternity. But two national league titles in six years, and an appreciative Montego Bay football fraternity now appears to be fully sold on the vision. Outspoken He dares to have and express independent thoughts, and is driven by his obvious passion for the sport and a vision for its betterment. Powell does not depend on political and nepotistic favours in the running of his club and the expression of his ideas. He speaks his mind and defends what he believes in. He may not always be right, but I think Jamaica’s football needs more Powells to revolutionise and rescue it from its current doldrums. For far too long it has been business as usual in the administration of our football. The local game and the local product is begging for more independent thinkers who are not compromised puppets, pan handlers and mendicants, which Mr. Orville Powell certainly is not. The fact of the matter is that the local football fraternity has become docile, lazy, and lacking in ambition, basically resigning itself to an inferior status and an inferior state of mind. Whenever an independent voice with a vision such as that of Powell is heard, it tends to stick out like sore thumb amidst the servile “yes men” and “pencil pushers” and invariably attracts ridicule and condemnation. Powell dares to operate contrary to the defeatist protocol and is predictably being unfairly vilified. En route to the second of those league titles last season, Powell led his team in a controversial protest leading up to the grand final in his home city, after accusing the league organisers and sponsors of disrespect, after decisions relating to the scheduling and organisation of the big game were taken without what he called then, “proper consultations” with Montego Bay United. The quarrel this season has been ongoing for several months after Powell, in reaction to last season’s fall out, again dared to step out of the box in seeking to leave the clutches of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA). In doing this, he sought to get away from what he sees as the restrictions which limit the potential of the club of exploiting independent sponsorship deals. All this, while being restricted by the PLCA stipulations which prohibit individual clubs from accepting sponsorship outside of that shared by the current twelve team pool . It was the pursuance of this exit process that led to the current stand off as Montego Bay United and Mr Powell are now claiming that having not successfully executed their exit of the PLCA, the club is still entitled to the pool sponsorship benefits from the association, which of course have not been forthcoming. That controversial saga continues. On the face of it, Powell appears to be a monster and a disruptive element for the local football establishment. Controversial protest
LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Venus Williams to play World TeamTennis for Washington Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Doug Fister (0-3) gave up three runs in the 16th. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, Gregorius and Austin Romine hit RBI singles and Gary Sanchez added a sacrifice fly.A day after Yankees blew a ninth-inning lead and lost, they rallied to win for just the eighth time in 28 games. New York closed within 3 1/2 games of Boston.The Red Sox had been 43-0 when leading after eight. Kimbrel, the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, had his first career blown save at Fenway following 30 successful ones.Red Sox manager John Farrell put the game under protest after an odd sequence in the 11th.Holliday led off with a walk and Ellsbury followed with a grounder to Moreland at first base. Moreland threw to second for a forceout but Holliday retreated toward first and slid into the bag as shortstop Xander Bogaerts’ throw arrived.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Both teams burned through their bullpens, and the relievers won’t get much rest. The Yankees and the AL East-leading Red Sox are set for a day-night doubleheader Sunday.Boston starter Chris Sale struck out 13 in 7 2/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball. He leads the majors with 191 strikeouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Yankees starter Luis Severino allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. He gave up Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly in the third.Ben Heller (1-0) went two innings. Seven Yankees relievers combined to blank Boston on four hits for nine innings. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Moreland wasn’t able to reach the ball, which hit Ellsbury and bounced into foul territory. Farrell argued in favor of an interference call and after a lengthy review, the umpires allowed Ellsbury to stay on first.The clubs last played 16 at Fenway on June 4, 1966, when Jim Gosger’s three-run homer gave Boston a 6-3 victory.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Manager Joe Girardi said the club was “hopeful” that OF Aaron Hicks, on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, would “start doing some light baseball activity” when the club returns from its season-long, 11-game trip.Red Sox: Placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 10-day DL before the game with a strained left hamstring and recalled RHP Brandon Workman from Triple-A. . RHP Blaine Boyer left with right elbow tightness. . Bogaerts put on a soft brace to support his left ring and pinkie finger under his batting glove halfway through batting practice.HONOREDThe Red Sox welcomed about 1,300 Vietnam veterans and their families onto the field during a pregame ceremony.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 5.06 ERA) is set for the opener and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-8, 5.47) in the nightcap Sunday.Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-11, 4.75) and LHP David Price (4-2, 3.91) are slated to start. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend New York Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregoriusd and Aaron Judge, from left, celebrate after the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in 16 innings in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Didi Gregorius lined a go-ahead single in the 16th inning and the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday in the longest game between the bitter rivals at Fenway Park since 1966.Matt Holliday hit a tying home run off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth that cleared the Green Monster, and it took 5 hours, 50 minutes and 512 pitches to finish. That is, if it’s really over — the Red Sox put the game under protest after a bizarre play on the bases involving Holliday in the 11th.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
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Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ “Our preparation has been well. We cross-trained with jiu jitsu in Cebu and we did all we can for this fight,” said Yabo, who took an extra mile preparing for his ground game, a facet he sees as an edge for him coming to the match.“I pushed myself to improve on my ground game. In all of my previous matches, I’m always at a disadvantage when it comes to the ground, so that’s where I really focused.”Yabo knows that he’s the underdog going into the duel, but he’s welcoming the challenge of silencing the home crowd.“We know the opponent’s capacity, he’s a Muay Thai world champion. But he eats the same rice and there’s nothing impossible in any fight,” he said. “I know I prepared myself hard for this and once that bell rings, all I’ll do is fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Jimmy Yabo. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netBANGKOK — It’s been almost two years since Jimmy Yabo tasted a victory.After knocking out Bashir Ahmad back in February 2016, the Cebuano fighter’s wins have been few and far in between.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Guiao looking to get more from leaner Taulava Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But despite his losing record—dropping five of his last six fights in the promotion—the skid is the least of his concerns heading into Saturday’s fight at ONE: Warriors of the World.“When I fight, I no longer think about my previous fights. I focus on what I have right now. Though I look at my past fights and see my mistakes, I know for myself what I need to do to correct those things,” he said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseYabo (5-5) will have turn things around on Saturday as he takes on hometown bet Sagetdao Petpayathai (2-0) at Impact Arena here.The 36-year-old remains confident that he can bounce back and get his arms raised. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?
LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Renzo Subido paced Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon scattered 15 points, three boards, and two assists.Gab Banal also tallied a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals—but committed 10 turnovers. Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 points in the first half, where the Skippers established a comfortable lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMarinerong Pilipino staged a 12-0 finishing kick in the first half to erect a 47-35 halftime lead on the way to that 17-point third-quarter edge.The Skippers’ depth was in full display in the game between the early favorites as coach Koy Banal had the luxury of fielding top rookie selections Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter late in the second half. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “They’re still feeling their way in the system, but the good thing is that they were able to deliver when called,” said Banal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joseph Terso (left) of Marinerong Pilipino and Jayvee Marcelino of Zark’s LPU chase after the loose ball. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBanking on its experience, Marinerong Pilipino stamped its class over the retooled Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with a tight 94-92 victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Skippers built a 17-point lead, 56-39, with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter but needed misses from Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez in the final minute and free throws from Rian Ayonayon in the final 25.6 seconds to post a safe 89-85 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Perpetual claims solo 3rd View comments