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Manila: The ongoing Asian Football Confederation Emergency Medicine and Anti-Doping Regional Course has garnered positive feedback from participants.

The four-day course, attended by ASEAN and East medical doctors as well as the Philippines Football League team doctors and physiotherapists, is aimed at ensuring doctors and medical practitioners who are charged in taking care of players, are trained in the correct administration to employ the practice of evidence-based football medicine as per international standards.

"This course is very comprehensive as it covers various topics in football medicine which includes empirical evidences and highlights current issues facing the football fraternity," said Walfred Dela Paz Javier, the Philippines senior men's national team physiotherapist.

Javier's counterpart in the senior women's national team, Isabel Sison echoed his comments and also added the importance of sharing the knowledge back to their team. 

"The challenge for us is to manage the fatigue faced by the players due to the hectic schedules and it is important to share what we have learned here back with our team," said Sison.

"The AFC Emergency Medicine and Anti-Doping Regional Course has provided us with take-home knowledge from various experts in the medical field. It is a good learning curve and an amazing learning experience," said Lee Jun Young, a medical doctor from the Korea Republic.

Australian doctors Mark Anthony Jones and James Willimas Ilric agreed that the course is comprehensive as it specifically covers football releated emergency medicine.

"This course is amazing, it is a refresher but it also targets specific emergency situations in football, which other courses do not cover," said Jones who is the Head of Medical at Football Federation of Australia and team physician for the Socceroos.

Ilric, a team physician for the Australia women's national team, added: "This course is great because it is more relevant and is focused on the field and has less academics."

Ceres Negros FC physiotherapist Alyssa Bianca Acebedo shared her thoughts on the course, which is being conducted at St. Luke’s Medical Centre Global City in the Philippines.

"We have learned a lot, especially in emergency medicine, first aid techniques and proper handling of patients (players) during an emergency.

"The techniques shared were only previously conducted by the doctors in our team. Now we have the knowledge and skill to help whenever necessary. 

"Yesterday's session (Wednesday) was very good. We learned the step by step process and proper instructions in spinal stabilisation during life threatening conditions."

"Some of the teams in Philippines do not have the AED device in their medical kit. It is usually borrowed from the ambulance present at every game. Hopefully, more teams and clubs will be able to afford one.

The regional course ends on Friday.

Photos: Philippines Football Federation

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