Samuel is a PhD candidate at University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. He is investigating: “The Implementation of best medical care in sports”. Before joining UCT in 2013, for his PhD in exercise science, Samuel qualified as a physiotherapist, with a master’s degree from University of the Western Cape (UWC). He presented his master’s thesis (Sports-related injury management in Underserved communities) in the Sports and Development conference, December 2011 at UWC. He has wider experience in Physiotherapy practice. And currently, he partly manages an arthroscopic orthopedic surgical lab at Sports Orthopedic Medicine Center at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. He is a demonstrator, facilitator and lectures in the Department of Human Biology. He also tutors in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Science of University of Cape Town. He has worked as sports physiotherapist to several athletes both in Uganda and South Africa. In addition he has worked for the UWC rugby team (2010-11) and Uganda National Soccer team (2014).
Sports health care policies: investigation of implementation process: A case of Uganda
Appropriate sports management structures and sports health care policy-guidelines can protect and ensure the well-being of athletes (such as: best medical care and sports environment). The aim of this study was to identify the existing sports health care policies and human resource structures designed to improve the well-being of national athletes in Uganda. Methodology: A qualitative study design with a structured interview guide and observation of written materials was used to collect data between July and October 2015. The information was collected from government documents, and authorities (ministers, permanent secretaries, and commissioners) in charge of national health care programs and sports. In addition, the national coaches, managers, sports medical officials and the executive federation members of the four major sporting codes were interviewed. The observed and transcribed interview data were analyzed using a thematic content method, as well as the deductive approach technique to establish the available health care policies/guideline, human resource structure, and the interpretation of well-being and best practices in sports. Themes that emerged include: We established that there was draft of a national sports policy bill available; however, few clauses in the draft were clearly targeting the well-being athletes. In addition, there was no national human resource structure-(s) to develop health care policies and to focus on the well-being of athletes was identified at all levels (Ministries and federation level). Participants had little information regarding well-being and best medical practices in sports. Most of the participants (80%) rarely used the International sports websites to formulate national sports health policies. Conclusion: The findings of this study suggest the following should be considered to enhance the well-being of Ugandan national athletes: (i) Create awareness among the policy makers and sports authorities of the athletes’ well-being and sports health care policies, (ii) Recruit and improve the quality of staff for national sports bodies (iii) create a national sports health commission that can universally deal with policies on the well-being of athletes, specifically on the health care programs for athletes and finally, (iv) develop a national health care policy.