Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Under 17 team underwent medical screening tests on Tuesday at the South Coast Medical Centre, a branch of Healthnet Caribbean Limited in San Fernando ahead of their upcoming CONCACAF Qualifying championship at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida starting May 1.
The current squad has been in training under head coach Stern John for just over a month. The medical tests are mandatory for all competing teams in the Concacaf championship.
Tests conducted included blood screenings, CBC, blood, sugar, lipid profile, creatinine, ECG, spirometry, musculoskeletal exam, blood pressure, vision and urin screening.
Healthnet conducted the tests pro-bono for the TTFA, continuing its partnership dating back to 2014.
“It’s an important part of our final preparations for the tournament. We need to know exactly where our players are at health-wise and I really want to extend our sincerest gratitude to Mr Ramrekha and Healthnet for their services which is of no cost to the TTFA ahead of this qualifying competition,” T&T U-17 head coach Stern John said.
Healthnet CEO Richard Ramrekha spoke about his company’s involvement with the TTFA, saying “We have been doing this service probing for the Association for the past four years and it is really a privilege and honour to be part and parcel of this initiative. We feel honoured to render our services to the youth of the nation and certainly the footballing fraternity is one where we see we can make a positive contribution to that philosophy of contributing to the youth of the nation and developing our footballers.
“Just as physical fitness is very important to the footballers, medical fitness is also a key component of their overall fitness as a footballer. The medical involves a thorough examination – cardiovascular, kidney, liver,full blood count and we check all of their systems including vision. Our doctor, Dr Navi Muradali conducts a thorough physical examination as well. We put together medical report which will highlight or indicate if there are any abnormalities or anomalies or findings we need to further evaluate or investigate and determine the physical readiness of the players for games. We are conducting these examinations in accordance to Concacaf guidelines. We then pass on all the findings to the TTFA’s chief medical officer for his final determinations on the players,” Ramrekha said.
“We intend to provide this service pro bono to all national teams from men to women and youth. We see this is our corporate social responsibility to make a positive contribution to our country. We think that investing in our youth and the younger generation is very important for sustainability and development of our country. Football is a big deal for Trinidad and Tobago We have qualified for the World Cup once and we will love to be there at all levels but there are other tournaments that will bring some good joy and comfort to our citizens such as the Concacaf Gold Cup. It will really do a lot of good for Trinidad and Tobago,” Ramrekha added.