Mauritius is witnessing the emergence of a new dynamic and promising horizon; that’s of the sports culture.  Sports, notably is a collective term for vigorous and strenuous physical exertions that are practically practised for personal or professional motives.  A perfect orientation in this milieu is dependent upon several factors among which surfaces the “Sports Medicine”.
Having the definite touch of medical science, the sports medicine could be regarded as a crucial entity in the sustenance of the efficient physical awareness and the instantaneous medication or aid before specific intervention by medical practitioners.  In simpler terms it could be said that it is the science behind the promotion of sports in a global milieu.

The MSC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life has undertaken a new path towards the promotion of the sports culture.  Seminars in strict relation to this field are being organised throughout the island and the young audience is being targeted.  Secondary schools are being approached by the MSC while resource persons from the Council and the Ministry of Health are generating a diverse and objective awareness of sports in various dimensions.

Last Wednesday, the 5th of September 2007, was not a normal working day for the boys of M. Sangeelee S.S.S at Surinam.  This is because the school’s multipurpose hall was fully packed with keen students in quest of knowing about the Sports Medicine. Indeed, the staff and students presented a warm welcome to our resource persons namely Mr Michel Chang Kye (member of the MSC medical team), Mrs N.Chureetur (Nutritionist, Ministry of Health and Quality of Life), Mr Gérard Requin (Director Pharmaceutical Services) and Mr Mootoosamy.

The seminar started by the welcome address of Mr Tayab Kadeer, Deputy Rector, followed by Mr Michel Chang Kye.  The opening ceremony followed by the donation of First Aid Kit and Ice Box to the Rector of the school, Mr B. Rambaruth.

The seminar started at around 9 45 and Mrs N. Chureetur discussed upon the orientation towards a perfect nutrition in relation to sports and education.  She described how eating habits have a direct impact on our health, laying emphasis on the fact that our Mauritian adolescents are being victimised by diabetes and hypertension.  This is mainly due to the extravagant exposure and dependence on fast foods which contain disproportionate amounts of fats and other chemical products (food flavours and etc), which are responsible for medical complications.  Bearing the young audience in mind, the nutritionist also laid stress on the need and constituents of a balanced diet namely carbohydrates (present in rice, flour, cereals and others), proteins (present in egg, lentils and some vegetables) and minerals (green salads).

She demonstrated the importance of having breakfast in the morning and highlighted the fact that our daily breakfast is considered to be the most fundamental part of our daily nutrition.  In addition to this, researches have shown how daily breakfasts have direct and positive impacts on academic performances.  Milk plays a crucial role in our nutrition which should be taken in equal quantities at regular intervals.  This is evidently because milk is a rich source of calcium.  Calcium is required in large quantities especially for the development of bones and mainly to prevent osteoporosis, a condition where the bones become vulnerable to fractures upon minor accidents.  Henceforth, the nutritionist laid emphasis on the consumption of water at intervals of 20 minutes.  Water should be consumed before the feeling of thirst.  This is because thirst is biologically termed as a condition whereby the body is partly dehydrated.  For sportsmen, it is suggested that water should be consumed before, during and after the activities in relation to a rich diet of carbohydrates for the provision of calories for intense energy dependent activities.  Water is presented as an essential element on earth while it makes up of more that 60 % of the human body weight.  It presents itself as a medium for biochemical reactions and hence, regulating metabolic rates within the body.  In her interview she laid emphasis on the importance of a balanced nutrition while she also laid stress on the fact that sport is a pre-requisite for human life she congratulated the MSC for the aim it has undertaken.

Soon after, Mr Réquin took over the discussion about diseases namely cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and kidney failure.  Heart diseases occur when there is lack of physical activities and there is pressure from routine life schemes resulting in stress.  He also forwarded an equation suggesting how the amount of calories taken in food should be equally used up. Sport activities frame the body’s equilibrium and a sound body results in a sound mind.  Hence, having a physical well-being will result into a psychological well-being and to some extent into an emotional well-being.  This is equally beneficial to students in terms of education and researches have shown that students involved in sports perform much better in their studies in comparison to others.  In his interview, he encouraged the MSC and suggested that sports will shape our lives towards perfection.

The final phase of the seminar was undertaken by Mr Michel Chang Kye whose discussion was centred towards the “use of ice for the treatment of injuries”. He demonstrated some practical physical movements and displayed their importance.  Stretching and relaxing certain body parts are the primordial aspects for a better physical equilibrium.  Minor accidents should be anticipated during sport sessions and hence, a better concentration is elementary.  In case of accidents, ice is an effective medium to suppress pain in joints and acts as a medium of relaxation.  Furthermore, ice provides a cooling atmosphere and it equally prevents internal bleeding by decreasing the temperature around the injury.  He implemented how the seminar will act as social sport consciousness through students who will pass on the information to one another.

The seminar ended with a series of sport related questions targeted to the students whereby gifts were distributed to the winners namely:
  • Davino Alan Mamarot
  • Denis Jean Nicolas
  • Trishna Bahadoor
  • Sudarsen Pyanee
  • Rossaye Ismael Jawed
  • Appadoo Rony
  • Kevi Bhugloo
  • Bala Gopala Rammaya
  • Jeffersson Natchou
Interview with the Rector

Mr Rambaruth highlighted how sport is part and parcel of the school curriculum and which should be given equal importance as education.  He also added how the school is framed with a highly dynamic sport revolution while he personally supervises the performance of promising school athletes in collaboration with the department of Physical Education.  He also elaborated about the organisation of sport events in the school and about the participation of students of about 80 %.  He implemented that sports will strike the right balance in our global society and earnestly thanked the team of MSC for their displacement and encouragement.

Ouday Prakash NAIPAL