Development of Sports Medicine in India and Recent Advances

Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics | Vol 6 | Issue 2 |  Jul-Dec 2021 | page: 35-41 | Arumugam Sivaraman, Suresh Perumal, Prakash Ayyathurai, Thiagarajan Alwar

Author: Arumugam Sivaraman [1], Suresh Perumal [1], Prakash Ayyathurai [1], Thiagarajan Alwar [1]

[1] Department of Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research
(Deemed University), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Thiagarajan Alwar,
Department of Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research
(Deemed University), Porur, Chennai – 600 116, Tamil Nadu, India.


Sports are beneficial for us both at individual and social levels. Sports Medicine is an ancient subject. Sports medicine in India is steadily growing. Sports activities have witnessed a remarkable upswing in the recent times, and we require a huge number of sports support staff. There is an urgent need to look at capacity building of institutions in our country. Government of India has launched several measures for sports development including the Khelo India Scheme. Sports Medicine is a multidisciplinary field with a broad objective, focusing on holistic athlete care and not only injuries. Injury prevention, peak performance, high competition levels, and surge in number of sports events has resulted in the development of Sports Medicine. It uses a multi-modal approach including new strategies and technologies. Technology is helping to analyze and create new strategies for boosting performance. Genetic technology can improve performance, health, and safety. Latest advances in sensory garments, helmets, mouth guards, monitors, and wearables have made sports medicine indispensable. Recent advances like High Altitude Simulation Training, Anti-gravity treadmill, exoskeletons, bio-harnesses, smart fabrics, Virtual and Augmented Reality are revolutionizing sports. Centre for Sports Science at Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (deemed to be university) in Chennai is a center of excellence for Asian Football Confederation and International Cricket Council in India. It serves as a hub for Sports Science Training, Education and Research in India applying the latest scientific advances in sports medicine and sports science. Sports have grown from being just a source of entertainment to a social culture and also as a gratifying career option for many. This trend is expected to evolve further with a bright scope for everyone connected with the sports ecosystem.

Keywords: Sports Medicine, sports science, injury prevention, performance enhancement, sports rehabilitation, wearables, athlete monitoring, GPS tracking system, anti-gravity treadmill, virtual reality, augmented reality, sports genetics


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How to Cite this article: Sivaraman A, Perumal S, Ayyathurai P, Alwar T. Development of Sports Medicine in India and Recent Advances. Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics Jul-Dec 2021;6(2):35-41.

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