The Centre for Sports Science, Medicine and Research under School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS), Manipal University, was formally inaugurated by Ranjan R. Pai, Chairman and Managing Director of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), at the Marena Indoor Sports Complex here on Friday.
This centre, which is equipped to test sportspersons for their baseline status, will offer sports medicine and sports science consultation for athletes and support staff. The centre would expand the facilities and extend scientific support to national and international athletes.
Fiddy Davis, professor and head of the centre, said that importance would 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 programme, rehabilitation following sports injuries, strength and conditioning programme 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. 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, H.S. Ballal, Pro Chancellor of Manipal University, spoke.
Rajashekhar B., Dean, SOAHS, welcomed the gathering.