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June 12, 2021 Saturday 11:46:03 AM IST

India Launches Central Athlete Injury Management System

India Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has launched the Central Athlete Injury Management System (CAIMS). It is meant for streamlinging the sports medicine and rehabilitation support to the athletes. 

Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Sports Minister said that the pioneering initiative was undertaken to prevent common injuries affecting the career of athletes. 

Salient Features

1. To provide best of sports injury management support nearest to athlete's geographical location
2. Standardise appropriate injury treatment protocol for athletes
3. Initial target will be participants of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). 

Speaking about the importance of the initiative, Secretary (Sports) Shri Ravi Mital said “Sports has become very competitive and when our athletes compete to their maximum to win medals they sometimes get injured. It is imperative to treat these injuries at a right time and in the right way to ensure that our athletes are in the best of health and form."

CAIMS is expected to revolutionise the way athlete injuries are managed and treated. It will have the following four structures: Athlete Wellness Cell, On-Field Sports Medicine Experts, National Resource Referral Teams and a Central Core Team.

Dr. SKS Marya, Chairman of the Central Core Team,  hailed CAIMS and said that it will go a long way towards overcoming the geographical barriers in treating athlete injuries. “India is a huge country and our aim is to reduce the geographical and administrative barriers in the management of injuries of athletes.”

Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Dhruv Batra said,  “This is a welcome initiative by the Ministry to develop an injury surveillance system in the form of an Athlete Wellness Cell for the developmental group of TOPS. The experienced and multidisciplinary team of sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts under CAIMS will definitely assist in the guided rehabilitation to achieve timely restoration  of optimal form and function,” he said.

The event was also attended by Director-General SAI Shri Sandip Pradhan, Secretary-General Indian Olympic Association Rajeev Mehta and many other medical experts.