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PSC promises better medical staff, equipment for athletes

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The Philippine Sports Commission promised improvements on how to take care of Filipino athletes recovering from fatigue after competition and those injured in their tour of duty.

PSC chairman Richard Bachmann promised this as the country prepares to send a national delegation to the coming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

Bachmann saw the need for the government sports agency to step up in this area after spending a lot of time watching athletes train, prepare, compete and recover in the recent 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh.

The PSC chief and the commissioners who joined him in Cambodia saw Filipino athletes get injured and suffer from cramps and other medical issues after their events have ended.

Prime example was top Filipino fencer Samantha Catantan, who was injured during the semifinals of her campaign. She settled for a silver medal, after she was forced to concede her finals’ encounter with Singaporean opponent Maxine Wong.

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“We need to correct mistakes at this point,” said Bachmann, who felt that the agency needs to deploy more physical therapists during the SEA Games, adding that more medical personnel should be made available during the coming Asiad.

For Bachmann, this means that the therapists of the Medical Scientific Athletes Services Team of the PSC should be bolstered to handle situations involving athletes during international competitions better.

Bachmann talked of the need to deploy more PTS and masseuse following talks with Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez last week.

Sports officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee also took note of the need to have a designated room or tent at every competition venue where Filipino athletes compete. The area will be used exclusively by medical people to work on athletes, who are injured and those recovering for their next events.

POC president Abraham Tolentino noted how efficiently Singapore took care of its athletes during the last SEA Games, with its army of medical experts, tents, exercise machines and other equipment available to their athletes after their competition. They also have medical gear to deal with injuries.

“We don’t have machines. I did not see machines there. We had to rely on SEA Games’ organizers for the machines,” said Bachmann.

Tolentino said a new system to deal with medical issues in international meet is now in the works.

“There will be a new template for medical teams, PTs and masseurs. Meron na binuo and POC medical and PT teams for every international meet. Nakita na natin kung ano ang need (during the SEA Games, at kung saan sila papupuntahin,” said Tolentino.

The Philippine Sports Commission promised improvements on how to take care of Filipino athletes recovering from fatigue after competition and those injured in their tour of duty.

PSC chairman Richard Bachmann promised this as the country prepares to send a national delegation to the coming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

Bachmann saw the need for the government sports agency to step up in this area after spending a lot of time watching athletes train, prepare, compete and recover in the recent 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh.

The PSC chief and the commissioners who joined him in Cambodia saw Filipino athletes get injured and suffer from cramps and other medical issues after their events have ended.

Prime example was top Filipino fencer Samantha Catantan, who was injured during the semifinals of her campaign. She settled for a silver medal, after she was forced to concede her finals’ encounter with Singaporean opponent Maxine Wong.

“We need to correct mistakes at this point,” said Bachmann, who felt that the agency needs to deploy more physical therapists during the SEA Games, adding that more medical personnel should be made available during the coming Asiad.

For Bachmann, this means that the therapists of the Medical Scientific Athletes Services Team of the PSC should be bolstered to handle situations involving athletes during international competitions better.

Bachmann talked of the need to deploy more PTS and masseuse following talks with Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez last week.

Sports officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee also took note of the need to have a designated room or tent at every competition venue where Filipino athletes compete. The area will be used exclusively by medical people to work on athletes, who are injured and those recovering for their next events.

POC president Abraham Tolentino noted how efficiently Singapore took care of its athletes during the last SEA Games, with its army of medical experts, tents, exercise machines and other equipment available to their athletes after their competition. They also have medical gear to deal with injuries.

“We don’t have machines. I did not see machines there. We had to rely on SEA Games’ organizers for the machines,” said Bachmann.

Tolentino said a new system to deal with medical issues in international meet is now in the works.

“There will be a new template for medical teams, PTs and masseurs. Meron na binuo and POC medical and PT teams for every international meet. Nakita na natin kung ano ang need (during the SEA Games, at kung saan sila papupuntahin,” said Tolentino.

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