The Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, better known as ISEM, is based at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg Campus, Cape Town, South Africa.
Professor Wayne Derman is Director and Chair of ISEM. He is also Director of the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence and Co-Director of the South African IOC Research Centre for Injury Prevention and Protection of Health of the Athlete.
ISEM’s mandate at the University is to co-ordinate and set direction for research, teaching and service provision in sport and exercise medicine.
The Institute's high-level research and teaching component propels the discipline of sport and exercise medicine onto a new platform from which it can expand both within and beyond the campus.
ISEM offers several courses in Sport and Exercise Medicine, while conducting ground-breaking research and translating this knowledge back to the community and the medical field.
Prof Derman and ISEM honoured with Output Research Award
Stellenbosch University's (SU) annual Research Output Award ceremony took place virtually on Friday 5 February 2021. The awards were presented to SU researchers who made the biggest contribution to accredited publications (based on audited publication statistics of the 2018-output year) and doctoral graduates (December 2019/March 2020 graduations).
Congratulations to Prof Derman on receiving this prestigious award from SU! ISEM prides itself on its research publications and the practical application of that research. Have a further read here.
ISEM Postdoctoral Fellow becomes a WADA Doping Control Officer
A doping control officer (DCO) is an official who has been trained and authorised by the Anti-Doping Organisation (ADO) with delegated responsibilities for the on-site management of sample collection. Dr Lovemore Kunorozva, a Postdoctoral Fellow at ISEM, will be one of the individuals at the forefront of the ADO and will play an important role in protecting the rights of athletes to compete in doping-free sport. He was one of a few DCOs selected to represent the Southern African region and passed through three application stages before the final meeting.
As a DCO, his role will include being responsible for all steps in the sample collection session, provide a testimony in a court hearing if required, and thus in this role, his job will be to ensure that incidences that could compromise a sample collection session are documented and that ADO is informed immediately.
Congratulations on the election Lovemore!
More MSc Graduates for ISEM!
There were 5 new MSc graduates at the end of 2020/start of 2021 for ISEM!
Dr. Laine Alexander, Dr. Riaan van Tonder and Dr. James Burger completed their MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine. Their dissertation topics were:
Congratulations to Nicole Kohlmeyer on completing her MSc through ISEM and the Department of Medical Physiology. Her thesis looked at prosthetic provision in the developing country setting as well as prosthesis satisfaction and fatigue in individuals with unilateral amputation in South Africa, whilst using three different prosthetic feet. Well done!
Congratulations to Chanel van Zyl on completing her M in Physiotherapy (Cum Laude) and who was supervised by Dr. Martin Heine (ISEM). Her thesis used qualitative analysis to unravel the nature of "low-resourced settings" when such terminology is used in reporting on studies conducted in the field of rehabilitation medicine. "Low-resource settings" and "Low-to-Middle Income countries" alike, are often used as umbrella terms yet when not operationalised are pregnant of underlying assumptions; often unsupported. Her work is a first step towards improving transparency and transferability of knowledge moving forward. Well done!