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.
How to stay healthy during travel. Prof. Wayne Derman gives crucial advice.
As long haul domestic & international travel for athletic competition slowly begins to resume post the restrictive COVID period, it will be more imperative than ever to keep these athletes healthy. This travel places significant risks of infection transmission and an aeroplane has unique challenges to overcome.
BJSM's Liam West poses the questions to Prof. Wayne Derman who gives golden practical tips on how to commute safely. This podcast was recorded in March - since then the learning curve has been steep and behaviour regarding travel of both athletes and non-athletes changed substantially. Face masks are mandatory on flights, deep cleans of the aircraft pre-flight are routine replacing the need to clean your own tray table.
Have a listen here.
International Sports and Exercise Medicine Consensus Meetings in the COVID-19 Era: Zoom-ing Across Borders
Having secured funding and planned a June 2020 face-to-face consensus meeting, where global concussion and disability sports experts would travel to the United Kingdom, COVID-19 provided a “curveball”!
This consensus meeting had to make a change to online and Prof Derman, ISEM Director, managed to remain in South Africa and still be a part of the meeting.
Read the blog post relating to the changes and challenges of this experience.
Playing a role in Infectious Disease Outbreak Management (IDOM)
Prof Wayne Derman, representing the International Paralympic Committee, is a member of a high-level international Outbreak Prevention Task Force that has developed a free online tool to help event organisers to assess and mitigate the COVID-19 risk during endurance sports events. This online tool was developed in record time by a group of experts from a number of the world's leading sports organisations, including World Athletics, the International Cycling Union and the International Institute for Race Medicine. The World Health Organisation (WHO) was involved in the project in an observer capacity.
“The tool is intended to help organisers assess the risk of staging an event, establish the preparedness of the community and the event organisation for the risks of Covid-19, and clarify any necessary steps to further mitigate and reduce the risk," Derman explained regarding the Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management (IDOM) tool that was launched internationally last week.
Find the tool at idom.worldathletics.org