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Dr. Kannan Pugazhendi, Sports Medicine Specialist, during his practice session at YMCA Nandanam in Chennai.

Dr. Kannan Pugazhendi, Sports Medicine Specialist, during his practice session at YMCA Nandanam in Chennai.   | Photo Credit: R. Ravindran

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IISM offers an offbeat degree course in fitness, and two fellowships for medical practitioners.

With over three decades of experience in sports medicine, sports physician Dr. Kannan Pugazhendi has launched the Indian Institute of Sports Medicine (IISM). “Our country has set high goals to conquer the Olympic gold, focusing on sportspersons and coaches, but the concept of sports medicine is yet to take centrestage,” he says.

IISM will aim to create overall awareness, provide high quality education, offer training and enable research in the field of sports medicine. There are two fellowships for medical professionals — Fellowship in Fitness Medicine & Lifestyle Diseases Management, and Fellowship in Sports Medicine & Sports Rehabilitation. “While sports medicine specialists will work with athletes, sportspersons, dancers and martial arts exponents, the fitness medicine specialists will be trained to handle diseases. They will be in the mainstream, but manage diseases by way of prescribing appropriate exercises with minimal pharmaceutical interventions,” says Dr. Pugazhendi.

IISM also offers a three-year bachelor’s degree course — B.Sc in Fitness and Lifestyle Modification. “This is an offbeat course where the focus will be on practical learning. Each year, participants will be introduced to any one of the Indian dance forms, yoga and Indian martial arts.” Students who undergo this course will be deployed as trainers, who can also work as martial arts or yoga instructors.

Eligibility

    Fellowship in Fitness Medicine & Lifestyle Diseases Management: MBBS degree holders. No age limit.

    Fellowship in Sports Medicine & Sports Rehabilitation: MBBS degree holders who are sportspersons themselves and passionate about sports. No age limit.

    B.Sc. in Fitness and Lifestyle Modification: Plus Two science stream, preferably with some knowledge in dance forms or martial arts. Age limit: 35 years

    Overseas applicants can also apply for fellowships, but have to fulfil the Medical Council of India requirements.

For more details, email info@iism-edu.com or sparrc@gmail.com or visit iism-edu.com

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