SU expert makes sports events safer

first_imgProfessor Wayne Derman A sports and exercise medicine expert from Stellenbosch University (SU) is a member of a high-level international Outbreak Prevention Task Force that has developed a free online tool to help event organisers to assess and mitigate the Covid-19 risk during endurance sports events.This online tool was developed in record time by a group of experts from a number of the world’s leading sports organisations, including World Athletics, the International Cycling Union and the International Institute for Race Medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) was involved in the project in an observer capacity.“According to the saying, necessity is the mother of invention. At the beginning of 2020, none of us thought that a pandemic would bring about an abrupt halt to many forms of physical activity and the sports industry,” said Professor Wayne Derman, director of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM) at SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).“Being active keeps people healthy and there are also many people employed in endurance sports – from professional athletes to the organisations that deliver mass gathering races. “Therefore, for the last (few) months, those of us with a responsibility for endurance sport have been trying to help with the return of sports in an environment that will be as safe as possible,” said Professor Derman, who is also a representative of the International Paralympic Committee.“The tool is intended to help organisers assess the risk of staging an event, establish the preparedness of the community and the event organisation for the risks of Covid-19, and clarify any necessary steps to further mitigate and reduce the risk,” he explained about the Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management (IDOM) tool thatwas launched internationally.To use the tool, sports event organisers enter details about a planned event online, after which a customised report is produced that can assist organisers to make decisions to protect the local community, the participants, the volunteers, the workforce and the staff involved. It does not advise on spectator management. The tool was developed by the medical task force and is based on WHO tools and documents.“We wanted to help organisers understand the varying risks posed by the pandemic. The tool recognises the status of the pandemic where the event is taking place, for example whether it is active, receding or subject to additional waves. “Until a vaccine is found, there is never going to be zero risk. “Instead we look at mitigation strategies that can be employed to lower that risk as much as possible,” he said.The tool is applicable and free of charge to all mass participation endurance events, regardless of the sport, competition level and size. It outlines mandatory mitigation measures to be undertaken by the event organisers, based on their particular circumstances, as well as recommended and desired measures, and emphasises that all of the mandatory measures and most of the recommended measures should be adopted if the event is to take place.“It’s a pushing and prompting tool that examines things like: Does the event include athletes from parts of the world where the pandemic might be more active, or is this just a local event? “Will spectators be present or not? What is the plan in place in case there is an outbreak during the event and can people be safely referred to the local hospital? “Are the feeding and watering tables, and the people using them, adequately protected? “So, it’s a tool of education and a tool of risk mitigation, said Professor Derman.“Use of the tool doesn’t guarantee an event can take place, because every meet will be subject to local conditions, laws and approval by necessary authorities. “Current regulations in South Africa states that no mass endurance sport is allowed. But once these regulations are lifted, event organisers can use the tool to assess the risk, and go to local authorities to present a considered plan,” said Professor Derman.The template for this online tool can be used by other endurance sports.“Using the tool will not solve the Covid-19 outbreak or other infectious diseases, but it will guide event organisers through a process that should become a habit and should be followed before every event,” said Dr Paolo Emilio Adami, World Athletics’ medical manager. “There will never be zero risk for infectious diseases, but we want to help event organisers to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.”The tool is available at Wilma Stassen is a science writer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University.last_img read more

New look for the San Antonio Rampage

first_img 19,561 posts Sign in to follow this   388 posts Sodboy13 Sports Logo News 209 LetsGoAdmirals Share on other sites New look for the San Antonio Rampage Members Recommended Posts SportsLogos.Net SportsLogos.Net dknights411 2,520 posts 5,159 New look for the San Antonio Rampage 0 Link to post Posted September 7, 2006 Hey guys, just letting you know that the San Antonio Rampage have unveiled a new look to celebrate their fifth season in San Antonio, by switching their colors to the silver and black of their parent Spurs. I don’t have any shots of the redesigned logo (same logo, different colors, but here are the new game jerseys for the Rampage… Share on other sites 6 84 posts Davey 0 The least colorful games in the AHL this year will be when San Antonio and Milwaukee match up. Silver, white and black vs Silver, white, black and “ice blue”. Members Sports Logos Posted September 8, 2006 5,159 0 Link to post 0 Good use of the old Sabres jersey base there. I would rock one of those. Big time. Share this post Location:San Antonio, TX (Spurs Country!) Link to post Share this post Sports Logo News 0 Sodboy13 5,159 Phoenix is a bangwagon town burgess Location:Effington Members Share this post 6 Share on other sites 6 0 Edited September 8, 2006 by Sodboy13 Share on other sites 19 posts Share on other sites Posted September 8, 2006 leedsunited dknights411 209 Davey By dknights411, September 7, 2006 in Sports Logo News Link to post Posted September 8, 2006 Forums Home You know, those are better looking than a few NHL jerseys I can think of… 0 Lets smile a little more Link to post Posted September 8, 2006 Forums Home leedsunited 4,735 posts burgess 0 Link to post Share this post All Activity Members Reminds me of the Spurs, and the old Buffalo jerseys. But hey someone might as well use them now lol. 0 Share this post (edited) 0 LetsGoAdmirals 0 Well, I guess since the Sabres aren’t using it any more, I can’t complain too much…Okay, even though this is just adopting an NHL template, it’s an upgrade. The old Rampage unis were a confused mess, from the bizarro striping to the “San Antonio” across the front bottom hem in a font completely unrelated to anything else. I think the silver and black could still use some royal blue to help it pop, but hey, it’s worked for the Spurs for 30+ years, so I reckon you can’t question it too much. And just having the Bull’s head as the crest logo is a major improvement. Plus, the side/sleeve stripes kinda form “horns,” don’t they? Wait a minute, this has been done before. I just remembered the Birmingham Bulls used the Sabres template. Still, though, upgrade.And, most importantly of all, they aren’t Coyote clones.On a side note, I can’t believe the Rampage have lasted for 5 seasons. Definitely a pleasant surprise. 209 Members Followers 0 Favourite Logos:Barcelona DragonsHartford WhalersUS Soccer RattlesnakeJoliet Slammers “J-Bird”NBA All-Star New Orleans Crawfish Posted September 8, 2006 0 All Activity 0 0 Share on other sites This topic is now closed to further replies. Followers 0 Sign in to follow this   Go To Topic Listing Members Share this post Location:Western NY, USA Sports Logos 0 New look for the San Antonio Rampagelast_img read more