PAAK holds medical camp for athletes in Iten

By emmanuel sabuni
Mar 05, 2021
  • Wilson Kipsang gets checked during the free medical camp, PAAK which he chairs organised in Iten.(Photo by Emmanuel Sabuni)

Over 300 athletes gathered in Iten on Friday for a free Health Medical camp aimed at educating athletes for hale and hearty careers.

Athletes were taken through various testing and examination processes that was organized by Professional Athletes Association of Kenya ,PAAK, in conjunction with St. Lukes Orthopedic and Trauma Hospital at the one-day session at Kellu Resort in the running county of Elgeyo Marakwet county, athletes.

Runners were tested and sensitized on their bone marrow density and calcium levels and their correlation to their optimum performances in training and while running, HIV, nutrition, blood pressure, blood sugar among others.

As athletes prepare for the Olympic Games trials, former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang said the medical check camp would ensure the athletes are in the peak shape as they prepare for the qualifying runs and the Rio runs.

“This is a great opportunity for athletes because it is an Olympic year and we have to assist athletes ahead of the event especially young ones who want to perform and break records, their bodies should be strong enough to sustain them while on duty,” said Kipsang.

He said the most important thing for an athlete is to know that their physical well being, their nutrition and even training programmes ultimately affects their performance on field.

“It is very shameful a world record holder or gold medalist from this country, once injured, nobody cares, no body wants to know how that athlete is treating the same injury. We have to develop structures whereby athletes are given medical cover from government once injured, we run there. It should replicate like that in the civil servant who enjoys the medical cover,” challenged Kipsang as he urged the government and Athletics Kenya to study better health care provisions for the athletes especially when they are injured.

Kipsang is currently training for the London marathon. St Lukes head of marketing Simon Owira, said it was a good for the medical camp to assist the great ambassadors of the nation.

“Athletes are our great ambassadors and we have done various testing as we want them to live a healthy life. We have also advised them on the kind of food they should be taking,” he said.

Road race specialist Elias Kiptum, who was part of the athlete said it was a great initiative for the upcoming athletes who could not afford to do testing in various hospitals as one is required to at least pay ksh. 5,000 before testing is done.