The functioning of the State institute of Sports Medicine, under the Department of Physical Medicine in Kozhikode Medical College, is being hampered by the delay in appointing the required staff. The government is yet to consider the institute’s request for at least 30 employees.

Though the newly opened institute, claimed to be the first of its kind in south India, has all modern facilities for offering quality treatment, the staff crunch has affected the quality of service offered to patients. Just two assistant professors and a few students from the postgraduate department are running the show now.

The institute’s officials say that it is largely in need of orthopaedic surgeons, clinical psychologists, physiologists and physical trainers. They add that the institute is well-equipped with facilities such as isokinetic machine, which helps strengthen active muscles uniformly, and soft tissue ultra-sound sonography which makes use of imaging technique for visualising tendons, muscles, joints, and internal organs. A fully-equipped physiotherapy unit too is available for patients. Presently the outpatient consultation is on Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


S. Abdul Gafoor, Head of the Department of Physical Medicine at the medical college, says the institute is trying for tie-ups with sports institutes in Kerala to popularise its facilities and attract more sports personalities. “We plan to organise training camps at schools,” he adds.

According to Dr. Gafoor, the centre is the first of its kind in Kerala to diagnose foot disabilities of athletes using the ‘balance system.’ The system, with its sensitive mechanical platform, can accurately find even minor foot deformities that can impact balancing. One can change the pattern of the footwear accordingly, he adds.

It was in 2010 that the institute, constructed at a cost of Rs.2.50 crore, was inaugurated by Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy. For further expansion, the medical college had later submitted a separate proposal of Rs.3 crore to the government of which the major demands were already addressed.

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