Advocacy for sporting injury prevention and care


  • Stephen Roche University of Cape Town


The duties and responsibilities of orthopaedic surgeons obliges us to be an advocate on multiple levels within our society. The American Medical Association stated in 2009 that ‘Physicians must advocate for the social, economic, educational, and political changes that ameliorate suffering and contribute to human wellbeing’.

In our troubled South African society, exacerbated by the current Covid-19 crisis, our advocacy is needed even more than ever. We should already be advocates for transformation/diversity, alleviation of hunger, access to healthcare, the eradication of the scourge of gender-based violence, reduction of road deaths and gunshots, among others.

Author Biography

Stephen Roche, University of Cape Town

Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Cape Town
Deputy Head, Division of Orthopaedics
Head of Adult Reconstruction and of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital
Co-director Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, University of Cape Town
Co-director Orthopaedic Research Unit, University of Cape Town