In few years from now, Manipal University will become one of the best sports medicine centres in the country. A well-equipped Centre for Sports Science, Medicine and Research under School of Allied Health Sciences was formally inaugurated by Dr Ranjan R Pai, Chairman and MD, MEMG Bengaluru here at the indoor sports complex, Marena on October 13, 2017. The Centre is equipped to test sportspersons for their baseline status. It will offer sports medicine and sports science consultation to athletes and support staff.
Dr Ranjan has agreed to expand the facilities so that scientific support to national and international athletes can be provided. Fiddy Davis, Professor and Head of the Centre said that a lot of importance will be given to research work in the areas of human performance, injury prevention, rehabilitation and health and provide training to students pursuing sports studies.
For now, cardiorespiratory endurance assessment, tests of anaerobic power, sports specific fitness assessment, 2D and 3D running and sports specific motion analysis, prediction of injury risk and mitigating exercise program, Rehabilitation following sports injuries, strength and conditioning program designed for team sport and individual athletes, resting metabolic rate measurement, obesity management and weight maintenance and Hydration assessment are some of the services offered by the Centre.
And the equipment available at the Centre includes; portable metabolic cart (COSMED K5 and Fitmate Pro), top of the line ergometers (Monark and h/p/cosmos), lactate analysers, radio-telemetric monitoring, 3 dimensional motion capture (VICON), force plate (AMTI) and high speed action cameras with under water recording facilities.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr H.S. Ballal said that this Centre would be of tremendous help to sportsmen and added, “We will encourage national and international sportspersons to come and use this facility. The additional advantage is the indoor sports complex which has facilities for games and an ultra-modern gym.” Dean School of Allied Health Sciences, Dr Rajashekhar B welcomed the gathering and gave a brief of how the Centre came into existence. He hoped that it a few years the facilities at this Centre would be the best in the country.