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Dr Abdul Rashid Aziz

Senior Technical Staff for Physiology, Sport Science and Sport Medicine
Singapore Sport Institute, Sport Singapore

Rashid has been involved in Singapore’s sporting scene for over 28 years. He is currently the Senior Technical Staff for Sport Physiology at the Singapore Sport Institute (SSI) where he serves as an advisor and consultant to elite local athletes and their coaches from a broad range of high-performance sports, on many aspects of sports-specific testing, training for fitness and physical preparation for peak sporting performances. He is currently the conditioning coach for the national badminton teams – working with world-class athletes such as Loh Kean Yew and Yeo Jia Min. He was also previously the Team Lead for Physiology and also the Head of the Strength & Conditioning Unit at the SSI. 

He has pioneered scientific research in investigating emerging Asian-dominated sports such as Sepak-Takraw and Pencak-Silat. His interest lies in the practical applications of research findings to the improvements of the athletes' sporting performances. He has published well over 90 original research papers. Please refer to the following link for his list of peer-reviewed scientific publications:

Rashid did his undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta, in Canada. He obtained his PhD from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he examined the physiological effects of Ramadan fasting on competitive sporting performances and exercise training of Muslim athletes, and consequently, designing and strategizing ways to attenuate or circumvent the impact of Ramadan fasting on Muslim athletes’ performance.

Presentation Title: Review of Literature of Return-to-Play Post Covid-19 Infection -A Sports Science Perspective

This talk aims to describe and present (hopefully) without bias, the scientific literature and the current status of: i) the impact of Covid-19 (C-19) on athletes, ii) the risk of the post C-19 myocarditis in athletes, and lastly but more importantly, iii) showcasing the published recommended guidelines in return-to-play (or RTP) or sports for athletes who have had C-19 infection. In summary, the results indicate that there is currently there no clear, evidence-based way to guide 100% safe on RTP, but a prudent approach is that the RTP protocols should be gradual, individualised, and based on the individual’s subjective tolerance to the activity/exercise. The presented RTP recommendations are based on consensus guidelines build on experts’ opinion, rather than direct evidence from experimental research studies. Additionally, relatively to short-term C-19 infection, the RTP for those who suffer from prolonged C-19 infection is almost non-existent. Viewers should note that the information describe herein is not meant to provide assured clinical and/or medical advice, and viewers are therefore, are well-advice to seek professional medical aid accordingly.

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