Dr Cassiem serves on the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) as Chairperson of the Education Committee and is the Councillor representing CMA at the AHPCSA. The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) is a statutory health body established in terms of the Allied Health Professions Act, 63 of 1982 (the Act) in order to control all allied health professions, which includes Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Phytotherapy, Therapeutic Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Reflexology and Unani-Tibb
Jordan: Dr Cassiem, you represent AHPCSA as the Chairperson of the Education Committee at AHPCSA, what is AHPCSA’s stance on the regulation of sports supplements?
Dr Cassiem: Sport is a powerful medium to teach self-discipline and is a practical demonstration of universal values such as self-and mutual respect, honesty, truthfulness, and so forth. By doing so we afford all participants a fair opportunity at success and achieving their goals. The quality of competitors, serving as ambassadors of their respective sport codes and their communities, is a reflection of that country’s values. Sport, like education, has a primary objective of teaching human beings how to live, engage and interact with other human beings. The AHPCSA is mandated to protect the public. Sports persons are part of the pubic. With the growing trend of combination medicines/supplements to include CAM ingredients, it is necessary therefore to regulate such products.
Jordan: You are also the head of Eastern Medicine at AHPCSA, are there any uses for Eastern Medicine within sports recovery?
Dr Cassiem: Definitely there is. There are many therapeutic techniques which may be applied by qualified and registered practitioners of Eastern Medicine with no harm of having debilitating effects; ‘performance enhancing’ or reduced recovery periods without medicating and using the individuals own vital force/energy. For example the use of dry/flame cupping as was used by Michael Phelps and many Olympic athletes the world over. Another technique includes acupuncture (insertion of sterile non-medicated filiform needles into acupuncture points or on musculotendinous areas to relieve muscle fatigue/strain, and naturally boost the athletes’ vital force.
Jordan: What innovations in medicine would you say are game changers in medicine for South Africa?
Dr Cassiem: Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in particular is an ancient form of medicine practiced for more than 5000 years. So it definitely is not an innovation in medicine. What one may consider an innovation is the interprofessional practice (working side by side with other allopathic/western medicine disciplines) in the interest of the athlete/public. Interprofessional education (sharing/becoming knowledgeable of other disciplines of medicine) for effective communication between healthcare professionals may also be considered a game changer in healthcare for the benefit of the public.
Jordan: What do you most look forward to by being part of the Sports Supershow 2019?
Dr Cassiem: I look forward to hearing from all the relevant stakeholders, expanding my knowledge and providing input from a CAM perspective that may benefit all involved. I am honoured to have been afforded this opportunity. Thank you to the organisers of the Sport Supershow for including the AHPCSA in to your program of such an important event and platform.
Dr Cassiem is excited to meet you at the Inaugural Sports Supershow 2019. See more information on the Sports Supershow and how you can register below.
The Sports Supershow will bring together two of our most acclaimed sports conferences; the Sports Innovation Summit and the Sports Analytics Africa Summit. By running both events side-by-side, we can bring together the most innovative thinkers and leaders in sport, technology and data analytics under the same roof for the biggest sports event on the continent.
If you’re a corporate stakeholder or rights holder, player or ex-player, coach, entrepreneur, marketer, talent scout, administrator, sports agent or sporting enthusiast, attending the Sports Supershow 2019 will benefit you in the following ways:
- Meet international sports professionals, corporate sponsors and sports experts
- Get answers to your most burning questions to give you the competitive edge you’ve been looking for
- Gain access to the latest sports reports, feedback and case studies
- Learn more about innovative coaching methods, data analytics and technology
- Find out how sports analytics goes hand-in-hand with success on and off the field
- Discover how big data is changing the face of sports as we know it
- Explore extremely lucrative strategies for driving fan engagement
- Gain insights into the way that players, agents, managers, broadcasters, administrators, rights holders and sports lovers think about sports in 2019
- Better understand the complex South African sporting ecosystem
- Make valuable new connections in the sports industry