Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Friday launched the Central Athlete Injury Management System (CAIMS), a first of its kind initiative to streamline sports medical and rehabilitation support given to athletes by the ministry. The core committee of CAIMS consists of eminent top experts like SKS Mariah, Dinshaw Pardiwala, BV Srinivas and Srikanth Iyengar. CAIMS aims to provide the best sports injury management support closest to the athlete’s geographic location. This will help standardize proper injury treatment protocols for athletes across the country. CAIMS will begin with the support of athletes who are part of the Target Olympic Podium Planning (TOPS) development group, who are expected to participate in the 2024 Olympics and beyond. Rijiju appreciated the move to start CAIMS. “Everyone has long wanted our country to have a centralized athlete injury management system,” he said. I have sometimes noticed that even for common injuries that are not treated in time, it affects the career of an athlete. Today is a very humble start, but it will lead to a system where we will have a very professional way of managing an athlete’s injury.” Mittal said that sports injuries are treated at the right time. It is inevitable. Sport has become very competitive and when our athletes compete at their maximum to win medals they sometimes get injured. It is imperative to treat these injuries at the right time and the right way. How to ensure this That our athletes are in the best health and form,” he said. CAIMS is expected to revolutionize the way athlete’s injuries are managed and treated.
It will have the following four structures: athlete wellness cells, on-field sports medicine specialists, national resource referral teams and a central core team. Central Core Team President SKS Maria said that CAIMS will go a long way in overcoming the geographical situation. Barriers to the treatment of athlete’s injuries. “India is a very large country and we aim to reduce the geographical and administrative barriers in the management of injuries to athletes,” he said. Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Dhruv Batra also appreciated the initiative. A welcome initiative by the Ministry to develop an injury monitoring system in the form of an Athlete Wellness Cell for the development group of TOPS. Assist in guided rehabilitation to achieve optimum form and timely restoration of function.” Director General SAI Sandeep Pradhan, Secretary General Indian Olympic Association Rajeev Mehta and many other medical experts. Topics mentioned in this article.