Don’t take sports injuries lightly

Massage, bekam (cupping) or “you’ll be fine, don’t worry” are among the common advices heard after a tough football game or a strenous time at the gymnasium.

However, those who are active in sports, often turn to expert advice, like a physician or a physiotherapist, only as the final resort when they are injured.

Sports injuries was the topic of discussion on weekly talk show The RSS with HD earlier today as more people are getting involved in sports.

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris Professor Dr Md Amin Md Taff, had during his recent talk ‘The 2020 Realities and Challenges of Outdoor Recreation in Malaysia’, valued the Malaysian sporting scene in 2018 at RM4 billion.

The show, hosted by actor and comedian Rashid Salleh who is joined by Twentywo13 editor Haresh Deol, is aired every Sunday at 2pm on YouTube (The RSS).

“The problem is the lack of education and a support system,” said Haresh.

“Just because you hurt your knee in the past and your friend hurts his knee today, it wouldn’t mean it’d be the same kind of injury.

“It could be a different thing altogether. What works for you may not work for me.”

Rashid pointed out that there were elite athletes with the potential to do well but were ill-managed and ended up ruining their careers no thanks to injuries.

“Obviously, sports science has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. We’ve got a lot of science students, a lot of coaches who are well-versed in sports science but is it enough at the moment?

“At the elite level, yes. Certain sports are getting that kind of (medical) support (to attend to injuries).

“But generally, is that happening moving up from the grassroots?” he asked.

The duo agreed Malaysians must be educated to ensure they immediately reach out to the experts once they are injured.

Catch the full show on YouTube (The RSS).

The RSS with HD is produced by Toucan Media and Professional Storytellers. Local sportswear brand Amnig is the official attire sponsor while the venue is sponsored by Mont Kiara Community Centre.