Namibia: Athletes Clinic At Otjiwarongo

ERNST Narib is planning an Athletes Conditioning and Injury Management Clinic at Otjiwarongo from 17 to 19 January.

It is the latest development initiative by the decorated sprinter who last year introduced a three-legged Narib Annual Golden Spike athletics series, which he funded, to aid his action-starved compatriots.

This time, he has enlisted the support of physiotherapist Xandra Smit, biokineticist Denver Muroroa and performance coach Gregor Areseb to organise an all-inclusive coaching clinic focusing mostly on injury management in sports.

"This is about how to properly design your programmes or how to minimise the risk of injuries so you perform at an optimum level," said Narib.

He encouraged novice athletes, especially those still in school, to attend the clinic.

Having a mapped-out regiment from the fledgling stages of an athlete's career can enhance their chances of success in the long run, Narib said.

"I've invited a few guys who are biokinetics, physiotherapy and conditioning coaches to give a seminar on how to train well or eat well in order to be healthy and improve your performances. This is for anyone in sports and not just athletics," Narib explained.

"We'll have two or three clinics [around the country]. The first is at Otjiwarongo. Registration [N$50] will be done on the day, so there's not need to book in advance. Just make your way to the Paresis Showgrounds before 15h00."

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