A seminar was held Monday at the Novogorsk Dynamo training base for the benefit of KHL club doctors. The seminar was entitled, “Means and Methods of Recuperation and Rehabilitation of Sportsmen in the Training Base.”

Under discussion at the seminar were a number of important topics concerning the everyday work of hockey teams’ medics and the newly-opened KHL Medical Center. Various methods of recuperation used at training bases which are being adopted in hockey and football were investigated using case studies from Dynamo Football Club base and Hockey Club base in Moscow.

The seminar was conducted by Igor Medvedev, KHL vice-president for medicine, and Sergei Rossiysky, head of the KHL Medical Center.

Special attention was paid to the subject of traumatism. Last season in the KHL regular championship and play-offs there were 230 reported injuries. The total so far in the current season is 144. Of these, 26 were shoulder injuries and 21 were knee injuries. Salavat Yulaev has suffered the highest number of injuries, 13, while Traktor had the fewest – only 2.

A master class in the use of the automatic external defibrillator during sudden heart stoppage was given by Professor Sergei Tereshchenko of the Russian Cardiological Science Center.

Professor Oleg Glazychev, doctor of medical science, gave a lecture on adaption to hypoxia in recuperation and sport medicine.

Eduard Bezuglov, director of the scientific-medical welfare service at Lokomotiv Football Club, read a report on the forming and introduction into the training process of programs of protection against traumatism for highly-qualified sportsmen.

On the use of singlet oxygen energy in sport there was a speech from a doctor of the most senior level - Svetlana Zolicheva, lecturer in sporting medicine at the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism, and also a speech from Sergei Shchekochikhin, a specialist from the Active Air company.

On general principles of organizing and conducting out-of-competition doping tests the seminar was addressed by Veronika Loginova, principal specialist of the department of implementation of educational programs at the anti-doping agency RUSADA.

All of the participants in the seminar were handed agency certificates by the RUSADA specialists.

On the possibilities of ultrasonic scanning in trauma diagnosis for sportsmen, there was a talk from Victoria Saltykova, lecturer and doctor of ultrasonic diagnosis at the Pirogov Institute.

Toward the end of the proceedings Valery Konovand Igor Shmelev, club doctors at HC Dynamo, gave a tour of the base, talked of case studies from the work done at the club’s medical center and methods adopted by hockey to aid recuperation and rehabilitation.

In giving his summary of the seminar, KHL Medical Department vice-president Igor Medvedev (pictured) said: “The KHL medical center’s work stands on the threshold of new changes. Today we spoke for the first time of the need to create a KHL doctors’ union. We have begun our work on developing emergency medical vehicles specially equipped for KHL games. From our work as part of the “Clear Ice” programs we begun the struggle against narcotics and alcohol. I spoke about this subject with KHL president Alexander Medvedev. Possibly as early as next season we will see the introduction of changes to the players’ contracts, aimed at raising both the sporting performances and the level of responsibility of the players themselves. I will say that “Clear Ice” will become a large-scale social program, and not one purely devoted to hockey. Today we took 360 samples from clubs in the KHL system, over 100 samples from each league. I would like to express special gratitude to the leadership of Dynamo Football Club and Hockey Club for allowing us to have this seminar. Now we know all the secrets…”

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