Medical team beefed up with a Physiotherapist
Posted on: Thu Jun 21, 2012
The 2012/13 season has been declared a "no holds barred" one by Kotoko as such all sectors of the club are working hard and not taking anything for granted.
It is in this regard that after upping the readiness of the medical team for emergencies by liaising with the National Ambulance Service to provide a standby ambulance for the club during training sessions and matches, the medical team has once again had a new staff in the person of a highly trained Physiotherapist.
On the recommendation of the team doctor and approval by management, Physio Specialist, Newton Jerry, has been hired as the new member of the medical team.
Newton, a senior at the Physiotherapy Department of the Komfo Anokye Hospital started work last Tuesday and he has been proving his worth with his timely and professional handling of injuries sustained at training.
His appointment places him under the head of the team's medical team, Dr. Kwaku Boateng. Scaling down the hierarchy ladder, Newton Jerry will take charge of team masseurs: Richmond Ayaa Hammond and Kofi Antwi.
Speaking to Kotoko Express on his impressions after his first day on the job, Newton said
"I am very impressed with the kind of organization of the team I have seen. All departments of the technical team are efficiently working and also have their eyes fully set on the programmes of the day and that can only be better for the team
"I am also going to join hands with other members of the technical team in doing our respective best to ensure that the players stay fit and alert for their jobs on the field".
Expatiating on the kind of work that he would be doing at Kotoko, Newton took Kotoko Express through a lecture of the basic duties of physiotherapy.
“Many people have, especially football fans have for many decades have had misconception of the duties of a physiotherapist. In order cases too, physiotherapists have themselves compounded the misconception because you mostly find some so-called physiotherapists dispensing drugs and some even dangerously administering injections.
“These are not the duties of physiotherapists. We do not dispense drugs and injections, because those are the duties of doctors and nurses. What we do is to do the rehabilitation after the doctors and nurses have finished their duties. What we do is the restoration of function to the injured part of the body. We take the recovering player through various exercises and regimes that will over time make the person function again.
“The delay or otherwise of the player getting back either early or late depends on first the severity of the injury and the response time of the player to treatment .Physiotherapists attack the injured part of the body and make sure that the part works again with a minimal or no pain to the patient”.
Newton envisages an enjoyable working relationship with the team and called on all stakeholders to rally their support for the members of the technical team as they seek to do their best to get the players in the right physical, mental and technical shape for the upcoming season..
Newton Jerry before moving to Kumasi to work at the Komfo Anokye Hospital was based in Takoradi where he had a stint with Sekondi Eleven Wise..
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