PANAJI: The Health Minister Mr Laxmikant Parsekar inaugurated the Sports Medicine Seminar, organised by the Goa Football Development Council (GFDC), at a City hotel on Sunday.
GFDC Chairman, Dr Rufino Monteiro, Sports Secretary, Mr Keshav Chandra along with leading doctors and experts across India and large number of coaches, PE teachers and sports administrators were present.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar expressed satisfaction at the strides made by the council under the chairmanship of Dr Monteiro. He also had special praise for the council which began with a focus on the crucial aspect of Sports Medicine.
Dr Monteiro in his address highlighted the various initiatives taken by the GFDC since it came into being and informed that sports medicine was a subject which needed to be brought in the forefront so as to save careers of many a sportsmen from getting ruined due to injuries which both could be prevented and also be treated.
Eminent faculty members invited for the proceedings included Dr Vece Paes, former Olympian with Goan roots, Dr Ashish Phulkar, Dr Venkata Ramana, Dr Ashok Ahuja, Dr Sheel Sheth, Dr Sanjeev Sahni, Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar and Dr Deep Bhandare.
The wide ranging topics taken up for discussions were “Talent Identification “Tap them young” by Dr Phulkar, “Doping an evil in Sports” by Dr Ahuja, “Role of Nutrition in Sports” by Dr Ramana, “Management and prevention of sport injuries” by Dr Bhandare, “Risk evaluation of an athlete” by Dr Kudchadkar, “Psychological approach to injuries” by Dr Sahni, “Attaining Peak Performance” by Dr Sheel Sheth, “Long term development of footballers” by Dr Vece Paes who stressed on the 10000 hours in 10 years model for highest level of excellence. NT
The various sessions were chaired by Mr Brahmanand Shankwalkar, Mr Bruno Coutinho, Mr Honorato Velho, Mr Elvis Gomes, Dr Rufino Monteiro , Dr Bhatikar, Mr VM Prabhudesai and Ms Liberata Mascarenhas.
On the occasion 32 different clubs and other institutional participants who had earlier attended the GFDC Basic Life support programme were provided with first aid kit bags.
Earlier, GFDC Member Secretary Mr Elvis Gomes welcomed the gathering while Dr Rufino Monteiro proposed the vote of thanks.