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Ramadan and Athletic Health – 546

What is Ramadan?

  • Ramadan is the most holy observance of the world's second largest religion.
  • Takes place during the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar
    • Shorter than the Gregorian calendar, which causes the change in time from year to year.
  • Ramadan is a the obligatory spiritual period of abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, chewing and sexual relations from dawn to sundown
    • For the scope of our practice we are only going to discuss diet, sleep and hydration
Ramadan, Mo Salah, Fasting, professional athlete, soccer liverpool
Image Source:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/salah-wont-longer-3-weeks-egypts-fa-says/

Why is it Important?

  • The first verse of the Quran revealed to prophet Muhammed
    • One of the 5 pillars of Islam each physically and mentally able Muslim must perform
      • Salah (prayer)
      • Zakat (giving to the poor)
      • Hajj (“hidg” pilgrimage to Mecca)
      • Fasting
      • Faith

Why is Ramadan important to us?

  • Inclusion
  • Treat everyone the same!
  • Second largest religion
  • Time of year
  • Fasting
  • History (2012 Olympics held during Ramadan)
  • Detroit (largest Muslim population outside of the middle east)
    • Some sports/teams/schools adjust whole schedules when possible.

What Important Factors do ATs need to consider?

  • Diet
  • Hydration
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Emergency procedures
    • Cold towels, cooling procedures and when to give water

What other things should we consider?

  • Inclusion
  • End of the year banquets
    • Take home meals
  • Pizza/Pasta parties
    • Will not be able to participate but please include
Iftar, Muslim, Ramadan
image source:
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/961917/ramadan-2018-iftar-time-eid-al-fitr-break-fast-suhur-time-uk

Where is the letter John sent out?

Here is a copy of the letter John sent to his admin to help support his athletes and educate his peers

This letter contains the start/ end dates and start / end times for Ramadan

HERE is the YouTube video mentioned in the podcast

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How to prepare athletes for a time of fasting.

Do you know what Ramadan is? Do you know how it can affect your athletes' performance? What about their health and safety?Join John Ciecko Friday at 9 am CT to discuss one AT's experience with fasting and sports competition.

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Friday, April 26, 2019