Former Black Stars Team Doctor, Dr. Adam Baba, has revealed that most local players suffer ankle injuries in Ghana due to the poor nature of pitches in the West African nation.
The orthopaedic surgeon, who has been in service for over 30 years, has been speaking to Enoch Worlanyo on Asempa FM’s SportsNite show on Tuesday night.
“In our case here, in our environment, we are prone to ankle injuries because of our pitches,” he revealed.
Dr. Baba was instructive on how the situation could be minimised to lessen the injuries in Ghana.
“The Club Licensing Board of the GFA is aware of what they have to do to help the situation. If a pitch is rough and undulating we are not supposed to play on it. [However], we don’t have enough pitches so they just make do with what is available,” he added.
“It has been a long time since we did work on it but the predominant injuries are ankle injuries.
It has been a long time since he collected data on injuries in our local league because we don’t have funding for data collection. We applied for funding for such projects years back but the response we got wasn’t encouraging. It is very important, but in our set-up, there are other things we need to do rather than this,” he concluded.