The physiotherapist of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, Emmanuel Duah-Kuffour Jaidyn popularly known as Mr Jay, has highlighted that poor football pitches contribute to injuries.
In an interview on Pramaso with Biggy on July 13, he acknowledged that there have been no significant improvements in the existing pitches compared to the previous season, but there are a few additional match venues with better playing surfaces.
“When comparing the just-ended season with the previous one, I cannot say the pitches were better overall. However, there are a few additional match venues with good pitches,” he stated.
Mr. Jay specifically mentioned pitches such as Samartex and Nsoatreman, which he considers to have fine conditions. He believes that if more pitches were of similar quality, it would help manage injury situations among players.
However, he expressed that he hasn’t seen any significant improvements in this regard.
While he acknowledged that he is not an expert in pitches, he urged the experts to assess and address the condition of the pitches.
Regarding claims that health professionals sometimes fail to accurately predict the healing time for injured footballers, Mr. Jay explained that the recovery process depends on various factors, including rest, sleep, and diet.
He also said that some players may contribute to delayed recovery by seeking advice from sources that may not be beneficial to their health.
Story by Adwoa S. Danso