Union Minister for Youth and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Friday launched the Central Sports Injury Management System (CAIMS), the ministry’s first initiative to alleviate sports medicine and rehabilitation support for athletes. CAIMS’s core committee is comprised of renowned top experts such as SKS Marya, Dinshaw Pardiwala, BV Srinivas and Shrikant Iyengar. CAIMS aims to provide the best support for the management of sports injuries closest to the geographical location of athletes. It will help standardize the proper protocol for treating injuries in the country’s athletes.
CAIMS will begin with support for Athletes who are part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) development team at the 2024 Olympics and beyond.
Rijiju praised the movement to create CAIMS. “Everyone has long wanted us to have a centralized system for managing athlete injuries,” they said.
“Sometimes I have seen that treatment for common injuries is not done on time and this has had an impact on the athletes’ careers. Today is a very humble start, but this will lead to a very professional system. Management in the treatment of the athlete’s injury,” he added.
Speaking about the importance of the initiative, Secretary Ravi Mital (Sports) said that it is essential to treat sports injuries at the right time.
“Sport has become very competitive and our Athletes are sometimes injected when they compete to the maximum to get medals. It is essential that these injuries are treated at the right time and in the right way so that our Athletes are in the best health and fitness.”
CAIMS hopes to revolutionize the way athletes are managed and treated. It will have four structures: the Athlete Wellness Cell, the Field Sports Medicine Experts, the National Resource Reference Team, and the Central General Team.
SKS Marya, president of the Central Core Team, said CAIMS will go a long way in overcoming geographical barriers to treating athletic injuries.
“India is a huge country and our goal is to reduce geographical and administrative barriers in the management of sports injuries,” he said.
Narinder Dhruv Batra, President of the Indian Olympic Association, also praised the initiative.
“It is a welcome initiative by the ministry to develop an injury care system as an athlete welfare cell for the TOPS development team.”
“An experienced and multidisciplinary team of CAIMS-dependent sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, strengths and adaptations experts will assist in the definitive guided rehabilitation, in the process of restoring optimal shape and function,” he added.
The event was also attended by SAI Director General Sandip Pradhan, Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association Rajeev Mehta and several other medical experts.
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