Bok crocks uncovered

Only 16 of the 31 Springboks at Jake White’s training camp were fit enough to be tested.

The alarming statistic, excluding the Bulls players, was released by the Springbok medical and conditioning staff.

Players who did not participate in the testing last week and the new arrivals at the training camp will on Friday undertake their mandatory medical assessments and fitness and conditioning testing at the University of Free State.

Here is the official medical update as supplied by the Springbok medical and conditioning staff:

1. Medical Assessments

– Three players were unable to attend the training camp as they required, and subsequently underwent, surgery – they were Andre Pretorius, BJ Botha and Marius Joubert.

– Players currently rehabilitation include Ashwin Willemse, Guthro Steenkamp and CJ van der Linde.

– Players with specific musculoskeletal medical conditions had their protocols modified accordingly – 16 players were able to do all fitness testing.

– Players underwent fitness testing and no injuries were sustained during fitness testing.

– A total of 31 players were assessed, excluding the Bulls players who were involved in a Vodacom Super 14 semi-final match in New Zealand.

– Bakkies Botha, Bryan Habana and Pedrie Wannenburg all sustained injuries whilst on duty for the Bulls and require medical assessments

2. Medical Analysis and recommendation

– Of the 31 athletes seen, 32% were symptomatic of muscuskeletal problems

– A total of 72% of the symptomatic athletes had lower limb injury problems compared to 21 % upper limb related problems.

– Those athletes with symptomatic problems are currently undergoing management that include further investigations, constant re-evaluation and treatment.

– The ongoing lower limb prevention program, devised by the medical team, will continue as a primary prevention strategy.

– Of particular concern is the fact that the athletes never have adequate time for proper rest and reconditioning.

3. Impact of injuries on training and conditioning

– The conditioning staff reduced the volume of training sessions as well as the intensity-level of every session significantly

– Conditioning and medical staff continuously monitor the intensity levels of training sessions and the levels of fatigue.

Note: Medical report, analysis and recommendation supplied by the Springbok medical and conditioning team spearheaded by Dr. Yusuf Hassan (Team Doctor) and Dr. Derik Coetzee (Head of Conditioning).