It is a well-known fact that athletes require holistic and scientific training in order to perform at optimum levels, prevent injuries and compete against the best in the world. Traditionally, India has not been known for sports science and the availability of such facilities in the development of athletes has been lacking.
However, a collaboration between Sri Ramachandra University and the University of Cape Town led to the establishment of the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy & Sports Sciences Centre (SRASSC), housed in the Sri Ramachandra Medical College campus in Chennai. Established in 2014 the centre is the brainchild of Prof.S.Arumugam a specialist in both medicine and surgery with American Board Diplomate in Internal Medicine and M.S in Orthopaedics along with an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow.
Spread over 1.6 lakh sq. ft., the facility provides the ideal setting for a sportsperson or a team’s holistic needs. This is one of Asia’s best and most comprehensive athlete training and rehabilitation centers. Over 30 specialists from India and abroad work closely and monitor an athlete’s performance and training needs.
Packed with the latest training and sports equipment, one of the highlights of this facility is its biomechanics lab which is comparable to the best in the world. It houses the most advanced technological equipment using systems like infra-red markers, isokinetic testing & training and video & game analysis rooms to capture a player’s motion. This can be studied for a multitude of benefits such as injury prediction, prevention & management and optimization of a sportsperson’s action.
Recently, pro golfers SSP Chowrasia, Khalin Joshi & Chikka visited the centre after their triumph at the Louis Philippe Cup and were full of praises for the facility.
This little known gem is just what India needs as we send more athletes to the Olympics and witness more success at the world stage. Keen amateur, corporate and professional golfers can benefit tremendously from this facility and we urge you pay a visit when you are in Chennai next!
Golfers can avail golf specific assessments, fitness training, consultation with various specialists in sports medicine, sports nutrition, sports psychology, sports biomechanics and sports podiatry. A comprehensive assessment takes 2 days and would cost around Rs. 30,000 and varies with additional components like biomechanics assessment.
What’s on offer?
- High performance centre for fitness & endurance
- Exercise physiology labs
- High altitude chamber
- Bio mechanics assessment
- Injury prevention & rehabilitation
- Sports medicine & education
- Sports nutrition
- Sports psychologists
- 100 air conditioned rooms for athletes to stay at nominal rates
- Multi-cuisine restaurants
- Sports cafe for customized diets
Who has benefited from this facility?
SRASSC works with the BCCI, International Cricket Council (ICC), Sports Authority of India (SAI), Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, Olympic Gold Quest and GoSports to name a few in India. Additionally, cricketers from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other top cricketers of India have been regularly visiting SRASSC for assessments, treatments, rehab and training. Apart from this, Olympian and Table Tennis national champion Sharath Kamal is one of the several athletes who have also visited SRASSC.