Former Asante Kotoko German coach Hans Dieter Schmidt has hit out at Black Stars team doctor Adam Baba over the explanation for young striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom’s inability to feature for the Black Stars at the 2013 Cup of Nations.
Speaking at GFA press conference last Friday, Adamu Baba revealed the loaned-out Juventus striker’s involvement in a table tennis match that lasted for two hours at the team hotel during the AFCON 2013 seriously curtailed his recovery from an injury sustained at the Stars’ pre-AFCON training camp in Abu Dhabi hence his lack of game time at the tournament.
“Richmond sustained an injury during our last training session in Abu Dhabi on the 15th of January, 2013. On our arrival in South Africa, we had an MRI scan run on him and it revealed that an old injury had been worsened so we asked him to rest so that he could begin light training and obliged. I had declared him fit for the quarter final but I warned him not to bear any weight on the injured ankle. However, the night before the game, he played table tennis all night and got the ankle swollen and that brought us to square one,” Dr. Baba said.
Schmidt, who guided Asante Kotoko to the 2004 Caf Confederation Cup finals loss to rivals Hearts of Oak in Kumasi is riled by the Black Stars team doctor’s explanations and has questioned Dr. Baba’s credibility. The coach believes the doctor went overboard and suggests his action could affect the relationship with the player.
“It is not a problem to play table tennis in the resting time. It is active resting. I don't trust this doctor. How can the player trust him in the future? He is only a spice and talking too much,” the German trainer shortly commented on a facebook thread.
A further inquiry about what the term ‘active rest’ means as used by coach Dieter Schmidt says:
“The term “active rest” or “active recovery” applies to training schedules used by athletes. In the recent past, athletes were encouraged to rest completely after a competition or on a day off. But newer research shows that engaging in low-intensity exercise during “rest” is better for maintaining fitness levels. Low-intensity exercise flushes out lactic acid and delivers healing oxygen to the muscles. Any activity that keeps the target heart rate in the 60 – 65% range is low-intensity exercise. Active rest activities are easy recreational movements like going for a bike ride or a hike, a casual game of tennis, swimming etc.
FootyGhana understands Dr. Baba’s disclosure to the media was not pleasantly received by members of the top hierarchy of the Ghana Football Association present at the media briefing last Friday.