Kiren Rijiju launches athlete injury management system
Union Youth and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday launched the Central Athlete Injury Management System (CAIMS), a unique initiative of the ministry, aimed at streamlining sports medicine and rehabilitation support offered to athletes. The central committee of CAIMS includes eminent high-end experts such as SKS Marya, Dinshaw Pardiwala, BV Srinivas and Shrikant Iyengar. CAIMS aims to provide the best support for sports injury management closest to the athlete’s geographic location. This will help standardize the appropriate injury treatment protocol for athletes across the country.
CAIMS will begin with support for athletes who are part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) development group expected to compete in the Olympics in 2024 and beyond.
Rijiju welcomed the decision to launch CAIMS. “It has long been desired by everyone to have a centralized athlete injury management system in our country,” he said.
“I have sometimes seen that even for common injuries, the treatment is not done on time, which has had the effect of affecting the athlete’s career. Today is a very humble start. but this will lead to a system where we will have a very professional way of managing in the overall treatment of the athlete’s injury, ”he added
Speaking about the importance of the initiative, (Sports) Secretary Ravi Mital said it is imperative to treat sports injuries at the right time.
“The sport has become very competitive and when our athletes compete to the best of their ability to win medals, they sometimes get injured. Treating these injuries at the right time and in the right way is imperative to ensure that our athletes are healthier and fitter, ”he said.
CAIMS is expected to revolutionize the way athlete injuries are managed and treated. It will include the following four structures: an athlete well-being unit, field sports medicine experts, national resource reference teams and a core core team.
SKS Marya, central team chairperson, said CAIMS will go a long way in overcoming geographic barriers in treating athlete injuries.
“India is a huge country and our goal is to reduce geographic and administrative barriers in the management of athlete injuries,” he said.
The President of the Indian Olympic Association, Narinder Dhruv Batra, also welcomed the initiative.
“This is a welcome initiative by the ministry to develop an injury surveillance system in the form of an athlete wellness cell for the TOPS development group. “
“The experienced and multidisciplinary team of sports doctors, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts under CAIMS will certainly help in guided rehabilitation to achieve rapid restoration of optimal form and function,” t -he adds.
The event was also attended by SAI Director General Sandip Pradhan, Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association Rajeev Mehta and many other medical experts.
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