The state-run Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopedics will set up a dedicated sports medicine unit, promising affordable healthcare to sportspersons. Deccan Herald reports more details.

Earlier only,  Safdarjaung Hospital in New Delhi had such arrangements. Athletes from underprivileged background are expected to be benificiated from a specialized unit like this. Chief Minister, H D Kumarswamy had allocated Rs. 30 crore in the previous budget for the center and a robotic surgery facility at the institute.

Madan Ballal, assistant professor, Orthopedics, SGITO said, “This is primarily to offer a helping hand to students rural areas who can be the best players for the country. An overall assessment of the ortho health of a player could cost about Rs. 20,000 in private setups. Here, we will offer the same facility for about Rs. 1,000. We don’t have to wait until the player suffers serious damage. Pre-assessment, early detection can bring down the hospital stay considerably.”

With the sports medicine unit, a gym and sports lab will also be attached. Dr Ballal said, “In sports injuries, especially for persons from rural areas, we see their coach accompany them. They tell us how promising their future looks and seek advice on what is best for their sportsperson. Offering the right kind of rehabilitation is a must. Longer hospital stay will demoralize a few of them.”

Dr Ballal also reveals how a properly-equipped gym can aid in the healing process. He explained, “Just like any other gyms, they can use the facility during morning hour supervision from our experts. Those with experience in sports medicine will be recruited as trainers here.”

The patient coming to the sports medicine ward will be required to perform at the gym. The camera footage will be studied by the doctor and they will suggest tips to avoid injuries based on those clips.

A team physiotherapist will also accompany the doctors during healing process. They will advise on exercise routine, permissible weights and endurance-boosting measures.


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