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My injury hell is over – Dele Olorundare, Sunshine star

*I cannot wait to be back

*Terry Envoh, Segun Oduduwa too coming back to life

Former Sunshine Stars FC of Akure attacker, Dele Olorundare, has declared he would soon be back on the pitch and scoring goals after finally finding a lasting solution to his persistent injury.

Olorundare, who once led the Akure Gunners to third place in the NPFL and led the line as Sunshine Stars played on the continent for the first time has battled consistent knee problems for the past two years and his career has stalled as a result of the injury.

Dele Olorundare in Sunshine Stars colours...stretching the healed knees
Dele Olorundare in Sunshine Stars colours…stretching the healed knees

Olorundare is arguably Sunshine Stars’ record scorer with 42 goals from 69 appearances. His superb season form earned him a call-up to the home-based Super Eagles under late Stephen Keshi in 2013.

However, it appears he is certain the lingering problem has now been solved and is gearing up for a return to the league.

“It started two years ago when I felt something in my knee. I continued playing with it because I wanted to help my club but apparently, it was getting worse. When I fully broke down, I started looking for medical solutions to resolve it and that was where my problems began,” he says.

“One solution led to another but I wasn’t feeling any better and loosing hope till I heard about Kasi Healthcare. Dr Salami and Dr Dayo Osholowu assured me they could finally resolve the issue and I decided to go with them as they seemed to know what they were talking about and I saw the technology they had. It has turned out to be the best decision I have made in my career. My knee is healing fast now and I will resume training very soon. I cannot wait to be back.”

Speaking on Olorundare’s injury, Dr Salami, Chief of Surgery at Kasi Healthcare said making the right diagnosis and confirming same with modern technology is fundamental to identify and plan for treatment of delicate sports injuries and ensuring that players make the best of their short careers.

“It is sad many players lose out on the best years of their careers because of inadequate care. Our team has extensive clinical experience managing sports injuries. Nigerian athletes can now gain access to diagnostic ultrasound and MRI scans reported by specialist sports medicine specialists and radiologists, either same day or within 48 hours of their initial appointment.

“We offer a world class but local solution for injured Nigerian athletes. We have consolidated all our skills, expertise and made the investment in the modern technology to create a world class sports medicine service here in Lagos. That is our mission here at Kasi. I am happy for Olorundare, he deserves to be back on the pitch. He has been through a lot.

Dr Salami is a Fellow in Arthroscopy at the Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Pune, India. He is also a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and member International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS); European Society for Sports Traumatology.

Also speaking on the issue is Head of the Kasi Healthcare Interventional Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation service Dr Dayo Osholowu who is a Diplomat of the FIFA Football Medicine Centre of Excellence Johannesburg and member of the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup Medical team and Former team doctor of Nigerian Dodan Warriors Basketball Team says NPFL players, other Nigeria athletes all need fast diagnosis and full recovery.

“They want to return to their achieved levels of fitness and performance as soon as possible with minimal disruption. For even the most severe sports injuries such as a torn ACL (knee ligament) we offer advance keyhole and micro surgery including Laser treatments for sports Injuries. We also offer Physiotherapy and individualised rehabilitation programmes to ensure full recovery from sports injuries and orthopaedic surgery.

“Our team is 100% Nigerian and trained at top Sports Medicine centres in Europe, USA, South Africa and India. We are here to provide the best quality specialist healthcare to this category of Nigerians. It is sad that in the past many have never fully recovered from these injuries which are completely treatable.

“We are happy, we are giving athletes and Nigerians hope by helping them recover from injuries. This year we have treated Terry Envoh, a former Nigerian international and he is on his way to fully recovering. Another Nigerian International Segun Oduduwa who also got injured playing for the National U-23 team has had his surgery and is strictly following our recovery plan.

“Oduduwa will make a full and complete recovery and he will be back on the pitch soon. That’s what gives us pride, helping our people return to sports or any other endeavour and leading active, productive lives.”

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