The AIBA Ringside Doc Workshop is underway in Assisi Italy08 October 2013
With less than a week to go before the 2013 World Boxing Championships, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is hosting a workshop for its Ringside Doctors in Assisi, Italy.
The workshop is running from October the 6th to the 11th and is part of AIBA’s on-going commitment to the safety of our athletes and the education of our officials. The European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) President and AIBA Vice President, Mr Franco Falcinelli also emphasised this point when he opened the workshop on behalf of AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, where he explained to participants that their “role is vital in being a fundamental reference technical point, first and foremost to guarantee the wellbeing and health of the athletes during competitions”.
Dr Khadri, the Vice Chair of the AIBA Medical Commission and Dr Dolla (also a member of the AIBA Medical Commission) are leading the workshop. 34 physicians are taking part including 20 new applicants who have been shortlisted from a highly competitive application process.
This workshop comes at a particularly pertinent time as this year’s World Championships, which begin next week, will be the first major AIBA competition since 1984 in which no head guards will be used.
The decision to remove head guards was taken after extensive studies on boxers’ safety, and particularly two statistical reviews by the AIBA Medical Commission (in which more than 2,000 bouts were studied) and an independent study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, in which almost 30,000 bouts were reviewed over the past 59 years. All available data indicated that the removal of head guards in Elite Men competitions would result in a decreased number of concussions. Though a slight increase in the number of cuts may occur initially as boxers adjust to the changes, the move has been widely welcomed as an improvement to long term athlete safety.
However, it isn’t just in the ring that the role of the Ringside Doctor is important as Mr Falcinelli explained. “The role of the doctors is precious in competitions in order to prevent injuries, but is also very important during the training plan and workout sessions. You can advise Coaches and Trainers on the best way to correctly conduct training sessions in order to allow boxers to be at his or her best performance levels in the ring”.
The contents of the workshop itself include a study of all AIBA competitions, including the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and AIBA Pro Boxing (APB), the role of Ringside Doctors and AIBA Rules regarding medical aspects. It will also cover injury management a study of frequent boxing injuries, practical case studies and a practical scenario based examination. There will also be a written examination on the final day.
AIBA Ringside Doctor Certification Workshop – List of Participants DEF
Following the EUBC President Franco Falcinelli Speech
“It’s with a great pleasure to welcome all of you in Assisi and on behalf of AIBA President CK WU I welcome you at this “Ringside Doctors Workshop”: an important event to further explore cultural, technical and scientific issues.
AIBA is working to give a core structure to increase and improve the important figures in our sport. Referees and judges, Coaches, ITOs, Supervisors and now Ringside Doctors. Your role is vital in being a fundamental reference technical point, for and foremost to guarantee the wellbeing and health of the athletes during the competitions.
The new AIBA rules give Ringside doctors a wide range of room to determine the technical result or the end of the bout.
AIBA boxing movement is going through a period of great popularity because the risks due to the fights are minor compared with many others Olympic sports. The safeguard of the health represent a priority goal for us, and President WU wants to give to our boxers, their families, Coaches and to the public opinion the real image of modern boxing as a sport for all, rich of educational meanings, very formative and ethically clean.
We refuse and fight doping as well as any other tool that can manipulate the competition. Boxing must remain a loyal sportive dual.
The role of the doctors is precious in order to prevent the injuries and chronic trauma, but is very important during the training plan and workout sessions. You can advise Coaches and Trainers the best way to correctly conduct training in order to allow the boxer to be up to his or her best performance in the ring.
I would like to send to Dr. C_ Butler, my deep esteem as Chairman of AIBA Medical Commission and my thoughts and prayers for his mother which is very sick. A special thanks to the excellent teachers Dr Abdelhamid Khadri and Torsten Dolla and the AIBA manager Miss Tina, Mr Gordon and EUBC staff Miss Ali for their valid support to organize this Workshop.
Wishing you and your Teachers the most productive work, I wish all of you the pleasant stay in Assisi.”