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Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata launches the “Department of Sports Medicine” to promote Health and Safety of Athletes.

Date: 24 Nov 2015

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata launches the "Department of Sports Medicine"

Built with a vision to improve athletes' health and safety, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals launched their Sports medicine unit, focused on implementing the best practices. Powered by the strengths of both knowledge and technology, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, is vastly improving efforts to protect the health and safety of not only the professional athletes but also of the general population.

The primary role of the sports medicine physician in competitive sport is the prevention and treatment of injuries. Sportsmen are constantly exposed to injuries which can be career threatening. The team physician of Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, who is constantly moving with the team, is the first person who detects and treats the injuries. The injured player is quickly assessed by an experienced orthopedic surgeon who is specialized in sports medicine and the relevant tests like ultrasound scan and MRI scan are done without any delay. Majority of the injuries are managed with physiotherapy and medicine. A fraction of them require surgery.

Now that many people play sport in clubs, housing complexes, neighborhood fields and in office premises, they are getting exposed to situations where they can sustain the same injury as professional athletes. No one wants to be out of work and in bed due to an injury. The present sports medicine specialists also cater to the general population and can offer the same expertise to them as they do for the professional athletes.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rupali Basu, President & CEO- Eastern Region, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, said, "We have a comprehensive sports medicine team comprising of team physicians, physiotherapists, surgeons, radiologists and nutritionists. Our sports medicine center has specialists who treat knee, ankle, hip, shoulder, hand and wrist injuries using the state of the art minimally invasive techniques (Arthroscopy). We have also introduced Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, which can be injected into injured ligaments, muscles and tendons, which can help in faster recovery."

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