Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has challenged team doctors to look beyond treating injuries and take responsibility in enforcing anti-doping measures at their respective clubs.
Fam Executive Committee member, Daud Suleman, made the remarks when he officially opened a four-day sports medicine workshop at Mpira Village in Blantyre on Monday.
Suleiman said team doctors fail to monitor lifestyles of their players who use performance-enhancing substances.
“Team doctors play a very important role in the technical aspect of our football. Our players are our assets as such we need to make sure that they are in good shape both physically as well as their lifestyle,” he said.
“Lately, our lifestyles have been compromised a lot with so much drinks and foods on the market. If we are not careful, we will be exposing our players to substances that are on the banned list.”
He added: “It is the duty of our team doctors to make sure that all substances that our players are exposed to do not compromise doping issues.”
The workshop has attracted 25 participants, including all Super League teams’ doctors.
Fifa trained instructors, former Flames doctor Mathews Mangondo and current Flames doctor Levison Mwale, are facilitating the training.
The workshop will tackle topics such as rehabilitation, sport injuries, improving performances strategies, communicable diseases, concussion in sports, doping, nutrition and cardiac arrest.
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