BNOC Hosts Sports Science and Medicine Course

GABORONE: The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) hosts an International Olympic Committee (IOC) sport medicine course in Gaborone from 14th – 17th March, 2016 at Lekidi Centre. The workshop is targeting medical practitioners working closely with athletes and National Federations to empower them with the necessary skills and knowledge.

This initiative is in line with the BNOC’s high performance development plan (2015-2020), which is derived from the core mandate of the NOC, which is to facilitate the Development of Elite Sports. The main objective of this course is to improve the level of services rendered to our athletes, as most professionals engaged by our various National Federations have generic medical background in their fields with little or no emphasis in medical applications in sports.

The course will be facilitated by Dr. Lesedinyana Odiseng who is a Consultant in Occupational Medicine and Specialist Sports Physician with vast experience in the sports medicine. Dr. Odiseng is currently the chair of the Botswana Football Association Medical Committee. Local and South African sports medicine experts will deliver various perspectives in specialist areas; Prof. Efraim B. Kramer, Extraordinary Professor, Section Sports Medicine at the University of Pretoria is also an Adjunct Professor, Emergency Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand will also facilitate.

Other facilitators include Dr. George Mokone and Prof. Leapetswe Malete from University of Botswana who will be focusing on Sport psychology in relation to rehabilitation of injuries. We believe their expertise and understanding of the Botswana context should help bridge the gap of comprehension to allow achievement of the set objectives.