The first ever international training course in Emergency Medicine for physiotherapists coming from different football clubs in Rwanda ended Thursday in Kigali with participants acquiring the newest treatments for football-related injuries and best practices for injury prevention.
The course which was jointly organised by Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) and the international governing body of football (FIFA) was the first of its kind to be organized in Rwanda where by practical workshops were also held to focus on clinical examination techniques, case studies, demonstrations of injury prevention programmes and exercises, and assessment of injuries.
Emergency football medicine, including sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) for African footballers, has been a particularly important topic, according to the Rwanda Football body.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) training includes spotting the signs of a patient, emergency treatment steps as well as preventive measures with hands-on training of CPR and how to use a defibrillator.
This course is organized at time, a been a number of African players have died while playing football in the past few years.
Yet there is no player in Rwanda who died playing football, reports by phyisicians indicate that the biggest cause of death of footballers on the pitch was sudden cardiac death and this was particularly true for African players.