An opinion survey of doctors who attended a postgraduate course regarding spices and their use in sports

Authors: Ramona Jurcău1, Ioana Jurcău2, Cornelia Popovici3

Affiliation

 1Department of Pathophysiology, Medicine Faculty, “Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2Emergency Clinical Hospital for Children, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

3Department of Physical Education and Sport, Medicine Faculty, “Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Abstract

Background. Spices (SPS) have proved to be useful also in sports. The objective was to evaluate medical doctors’ (MD) opinion before/after a postgraduate medical course (PGC) about SPS and their use in sport (SPS-S). 

Aim. It was to evaluate medical doctors’ (MD) opinion before/after a postgraduate medical course (PGC) about spices (SPS) and SPS in sport (SPS-S). 

Methods. A number comprising 94-MD answered a detailed questionnaire: 1) What are SPS? 2) How many SPS-PGC did you attend? 3) Which are the native SPS-countries? 4) How many SPS types do you know? 5) What are the main SPS effects/mechanisms? 6) What are the age groups to which SPS can be administered? 7) Which SPS modulate oxidative stress? 

8) Which SPS influence endurance? 9) Which SPS are useful in physical fatigue? 10) Which SPS are useful in muscle soreness? 11) Which SPS are useful in exercise performance? 12) Which SPS are useful in sports? 13) On a scale of 1-10 how much dis this course help you know more about SPS/ SPS-S? For data analysis we used the percentage of the total number of participants (% of N) who responded to each subitem. 

Results. Most MD responses: 1) SPS are plants; 2) None; 3) Asian countries; 4) Four; 5) Increased immunity, antioxidant; 6) All less children; 7) Ginger, Cardamom, Curcumin; 8) I don’t know; 9) Ginger; 10) I don’t know; 11) Ginger; 12) Ginger. 13) 9.3. 

Conclusions. 1) This PGC seems to be the first one regarding SPS. 2) Initially, most MDs had little SPS knowledge regarding SPS/SPS-S. 3) At the end of PGC, MDs demonstrated good accumulation of SPS information. 4) This PGC reached the goal of providing basic information about SPS/SPS-S, but additional SPS-related training is needed.

Key words: spices, spices course, medical doctors, spices in sport.

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https://doi.org/10.26659/pm3.2020.21.1.21