BSSAC prep on right track
The preparation of athletes for the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships is heading in the right direction.
Cheryl Small of Medic Response, the team which provides medical support for the meet, told NATIONSPORT she had seen some improvements this year.
“Work is being done on the kids based on when I compare them to previous years and now,” Small said.
“When they come [to the medical tent] I ask them questions like ‘did you warm up?’; ‘When we finished with you after the first event did you go back and warm down?’ The majority of times, it looks like the coaches are really making sure that these kids do the things that they are supposed to do.”
Small said they saw 100 athletes over the first three days, with the number increasing to about 130 over the last two days. Many of them were repeats.
You may find that within the 100 count, if the kid takes part in three events for that day, they would come and make sure everything is okay and we ice them down so that they would be ready to go.
“It is mostly hamstring problems that they have. They are not severe in that we treat them and they can go out and perform again.”
Having treated some of the children from the primary level, Small said there were problems they were aware of, but it seemed to be heading in the right direction.
“If we really look and take care of our athletes I think we are on a good road where we are starting now. If we continue, I can see good things coming out of the athletes,” she added. (SAT)