World renowned Australian orthopedic surgeon Dr David Young is in Dhaka for a two-day case study review camp. Around 40 individuals, including physio, trainers and sports physicians from the Bangladesh sports circuit are taking part in the camp at BCB Academy, Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
The camp will focus on post-operative condition of Bangladesh sportsmen like Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Naeem Islam and Abul Hasan, among others.
Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe has undergone surgery seven times under the supervision of Dr Young, who holds special interest in sports medicine and arthritis surgery.
"I have been very, very lucky to have the privilege to look after a lot of international cricketers from Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In my practice at home, every single week I am treating elite athletes. It is helpful bringing that experience to a country like Bangladesh where elite teams and facilities are developing. I must say the experience has been excellent. There's no reason that Bangladesh doesn't have the treatment for their elite athletes," Dr Young said to the media Tuesday.
Mashrafe went under the blade seven times, among which five were knee operations.
Dr Young believes a sportsman with the dedication of Mashrafe, despite being severely injury prone, comes around once in a lifetime. The Australian doctor said he is pleased to be involved with a character like Mashrafe.
"Mashrafe is a professional athlete who is totally dedicated to his sport and his country. I'm really pleased to say my involvement in his career was minimal. He did have injuries which I have helped a few years ago. He also had some degenerative change in his knees. Because he is such a dedicated athlete, rehabilitation and to further his career, he has survived amazingly well," said Dr Young.
"They come once in a lifetime. What I like most about Mashrafe is that he is a really good person and he is a really good hearted person. He is charitable and really cares for his people, cares about his team and as a country Bangladesh should be enormously proud of Mashrafe. He is a great ambassador of sports and his country," he added.