Thursday, 3 December 2015

8th Asean Para Games 2015 - The team behind Malaysian Contingent

Delivering continuity of care and ensuring our Paralympic athletes are supported by experts that are familiar with them will be critical to success at the 8th Asean Para Games 2015 which is why 24 ISN practitioners now working with the athletes during the Games in Singapore.
They will be providing support in a range of capacities that will include. This is made up of:

Sports Medicine
o 3 Doctors
o 3 Physiotherapists
o 1 Medical Assistant
o 2 Nurses
o 5 Sports Masseurs

Sports Science
o 1 Nutritionist
o 2 Psychologists
o 2 Physiologists
o 2 Bio-Mechanists
o 3 Strength & conditioning specialists

The delivery of sport sciences and sport medicine services as designed by #TeamISN is always athlete-centered, and coach driven, thus requiring continuous communication and integration between the coach and the team of experts that support the athlete and/or team during the games. 

The goal of #TeamISN is to ensure that Malaysian athletes are healthy, fit and psychologically ready for optimal performance.

This year, the 316-member Malaysian contingent comprising 197 athletes and 119 officials will compete in all 15 sports contested – badminton, boccia, archery, athletics, sailing, table tennis, powerlifting, swimming, wheelchair basketball, five-a-side and seven-a-side football, goalball, tenpin bowling, shooting and chess.

Malaysia, the second largest contingent behind Thailand, have targeted at least 50 gold medals.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Fasting Month Is The Best Time For Skills Acquisition - Dr Ramlan

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Bernama) -- The fasting month is the right time to undergo the final phase of training before heading to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland, next month.

National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz said the final phase was very important to improve the skills of athletes because acquiring skills would not require a high level of stamina.

"Before the competition stage, athletes must reduce their physical workouts and increase their focus on skills acquisition or skill maintenance. We will give them advise and monitor their performance in this phase," he told Bernama after attending a programme 'Ruang Bicara' to speak on the future of Malaysian sports at Wisma Bernama.

Dr Ramlan said among elements that athletes must undergo before the Commonwealth Games is medical test, physiology tests, diet, moral support, and sports analysis.

Asked if weather conditions can affect their training or competition, Dr Ramlan said weather conditions would not affect the training of athletes and the NSI would take all the necessary steps to ensure such activities are carried out indoors.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

We shoud reward the support team too, says BAM deputy

BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria (front) giving a pep talk to the Thomas Cup team in New Delhi. - filepic
BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria (front) giving a pep talk to the Thomas Cup team in New Delhi. - filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: There is a proposal for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to reward the unsung personnel behind Malaysia’s strong performances at the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi recently.

Malaysia’s team led by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei went down fighting to Japan 2-3 in a six-hour thrilling final tie on May 25 - the final was the nation’s first in 12 years.

For finishing as the runners-up, Chong Wei and every other player in the team - Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Goh Soon Huat, Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How, Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem and Chan Peng Soon, is entitled to receive RM25,000 each under the national body’s incentive scheme.

On Monday, deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria said that he had suggested that BAM appreciate all the hard work put in by the coaches and National Sports Institute (NSI) too during the Finals.

Currently, there is no special incentive scheme for the coaches and Norza feels that the support staff deserve a pat on the back for their part in the success of the team.

“I was there (in New Delhi) throughout the competition and I saw all the activities behind the scenes. I saw how the coaches rallied behind all the players and the sacrifices made in preparing the team. I also saw the dedication shown by the NSI team,” said Norza.

“They worked together as a team and it was this unity that saw our team going all the way to the final. I am so proud of the whole group. They were not expected to go far but they defied the odds.

“I have put forward this idea to our president (Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff) and hopefully, the national body will look into this,” he added.

The coaches with the men’s team were singles chief coach Rashid Sidek, Tey Seu Bock (men’s singles), Pang Cheh Chang (men’s doubles) and Jeremy Gan (men’s doubles), while the NSI team consisted of Jerry Gan (performance analyst), Fadzil Salleh and Sandra Fiedler (physiotherapists), Chai Wen Jin (nutritionist), How Peck Ngor (psychologist), Lim Joe Heang (conditioning specialist) and Zhang Xin Tao, Li Da Zhi and Sebah Kari (masseurs).

Monday, 14 April 2014

Sabah dapat sebuah lagi Pusat Satelit

Sandakan: Kewujudan sebuah lagi Pusat Satelit Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) di Tawau, Sabah, tahun depan bagi mengetengahkan lebih ramai atlet negeri ini ke peringkat antarabangsa.

Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar berkata, pusat itu membantu atlet dan jurulatih Sabah menerusi perkhidmatan sains sukan, perubatan dan teknologi secara lebih saintifik serta komprehensif.

“Sebahagian negeri lain cuma ada sebuah pusat satelit ISN sebab perjalanan tidak jauh dan atlet mudah pergi ke satu pusat, tapi Sabah negeri yang besar dan perlu banyak pusat untuk menyediakan perkhidmatan sukan.

“Ramai bakat sukan dari Sabah sejak dulu lagi, cuma kelemahannya kerana tidak cukup kemudahan.

ISN berusaha mencari kaedah terbaik dalam latihan dan persiapan atlet bersandarkan perkhidmatan sains, perubatan dan teknologi sukan,” katanya selepas merasmikan Pusat Satelit ISN Sandakan di Kompleks Sukan, semalam.

Turut hadir, Menteri Belia dan Sukan Sabah Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha Antarabangsa dan Pengurusan Kementerian Belia dan Sukan Datuk Azhar Mohamed Isa dan Setiausaha Tetap Kementerian Belia dan Sukan Datuk Suzana Liau.
Pusat Satelit ISN Sandakan yang kedua ditubuhkan di negeri ini selepas Kota Kinabalu pada Ogos 2012.

Pusat berkenaan yang ke-10 daripada 16 Pusat Satelit sedia ada di seluruh negara dengan menumpukan kepada perkhidmatan sokongan sains sukan dalam tiga disiplin asas iaitu aspek suaian fizikal, psikologi sukan dan fisiologi senam.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Surgery need not be career-ending for athletes

WE ALL know that athletes have a short career. It can be shorter still if they were to suffer a serious injury.

We also know that injuries are part and parcel of an athlete’s career.

So, what do they do if they get injured? And what happens if the injury is serious enough to warrant surgery?

Do they go under the knife? Do they just leave it be and hope it will heal (in time)? Or do they try alternative healing - say, traditional treatment?

Many top athletes have undergone surgeries and returned stronger. But it’s also true that some never quite recaptured their form of old after returning from the operating theatre.

So, it doesn’t really surprise me to read about badminton mixed doubles ace Goh Liu Ying’s uncertainty about going under the knife for her knee injury.

I don’t know how serious her injury is. But if someone of authority like National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz has recommended her to go for surgery, then I guess it must be quite serious.

I can understand her apprehension. She has, after all, forged a formidable partnership with Chan Peng Soon and any surgery will see her being ruled out of action for between four and eight months.

That’s an eternity for athletes these days. And Liu Ying is aware that it could even mark the end of her partnership with Peng Soon.

Another worry for Liu Ying is that there are three major tournaments coming up this year - the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships.

Now, there is no guarantee that the surgery will be 100% risk-free. No surgery is, for that matter.
Dr Ramlan raised a pertinent point when he said that the longer she puts off the inevitable, the worse it would become. As it is, Liu Ying has been living with the nagging injury since 2008.

Liu Ying must understand that her healing process involves two parties - the surgeon and herself.
Yes, the surgeon can repair her knee on the operating table. But the real - and hard - work comes when she leaves the operating theatre.

That’s when all the values and virtues she has learned as an athlete - discipline, dedication, determination and perseverance - will come into play. She will need all those values - and more - when she begins her rehabilitation programme.

I, for one, can vouch for that as I have gone under the knife five times (six including for appendicitis). Three of those surgeries were for my right knee (torn anterior cruciate ligament) and two for my right shoulder (dislocated). And I’m now into half-marathons. So, obviously the surgery worked for me.

Rehabilitation can be a long and tedious programme. It’s repetitive. It’s boring. And it’s painful.
You need to be strong - physically and mentally - and equally determined to do your rehab properly and intensively.

It’s basically a psychological battle - mind over matter, if you would.
But do it, you must. There will be days when you feel like just quitting, especially as you continue doing the basic exercises day in, day out.

But Liu Ying is still young, just 24. She is fit and strong (she must be if she has been playing on despite the injury). So, I am sure she will be able to handle the rehabilitation.

The one motivating force for her will surely be the desire to continue playing at the top level.
The other thing Liu Ying must remember is that medical science has improved by leaps and bounds.
When I went for my first surgery, it was done the old way - where they basically cut open your knee to replace the ligament. I only began my rehab one month after surgery.

Nowadays, they use the keyhole method. It is minimally invasive, doesn’t leave huge scars and heals faster. And you begin your rehab the very next day!

But the decision is still Liu Ying’s. Modern or traditional? It’s her call.

Sports Editor R. Manogaran is truly in awe of the athletes who overcame their injuries to rise to the top of their game. They epitomise everything that sport stands for - courage, determination, dedication, perseverance, competitiveness and self-belief.