Sports Pharmacy in South Africa – need or nonsense?

  • Carmen Oltmann Pharmacy Faculty Rhodes University
Keywords: sports pharmacy, South Africa


More and more people participate in exercise and sport at all levels – from amateur to elite athletes. Regardless of the level, participants may require advice, information and support about health-related issues. Pharmacists are, in my opinion, well placed to play an important role in this. Community pharmacists are often involved in managing common sports injuries.1 Athletes may also enquire about supplements, banned substances, doping, and other health-related issues pertaining to sport. In 2013, Mottram and Stuart described this as “the emerging speciality of sports pharmacy”.2 To what extent are you, as a practising pharmacist, willing and able to offer this specialty?

Author Biography

Carmen Oltmann, Pharmacy Faculty Rhodes University
Senior lecturer Faculty of Pharmacy Rhodes University