Johannesburg - The South African Football Association has made moves to
strengthen all national teams' medical staff by including a
biokineticist and a masseur.
South Africa's national women's team, Banyana Banyana, have
already implemented, and benefited from, the inclusion of the new staff
members, with biokinetic specialist Zingisani Gxolo revealing the
positives to come from employing such measures.
"As an example, by having a biokinetics specialist as part of the
Under 17 national teams, incorrect running or jumping techniques will
be picked up much earlier and the rectifying thereof will put less
pressure on the human body," said Gxolo.
"This will result in a reduced number of injuries later on in the careers of the players."
Gxolo is currently helping Yola Jafta (knee) and Mamello
Makhabane (groin) to overcome their respective injuries, adding: "The
Banyana Banyana players have been able to spend much time in national
camps this year, thanks to SAFA and Sasol (sponsor), and this has
created the platform for me to work extensively with the injured
"I am delighted to be a part of this set up. The players are a
pleasure to work with and there is a really good spirit among them and
the technical staff.
"Playing at the Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for
many players, and I hope I can make a solid contribution to give Banyana
Banyana every chance of achieving their dream and doing South Africa
proud in London."