For parents who want to know if their child has it in him or her to become a good athlete,the city is all set to get the first-of-its-kind centre for sports medicine and physical fitness. Medsport Human Sports Performance Research Institute (HSPRI) has been conceptualised to provide consultation to high performance athletes on tests,protocols,performance enhancement and other aspects that can help bring out the best in them while competing on national and international sports platforms.
A part of this institute,Acti-Fit,will provide physical training consultation to schools as well as individuals. The institute,located at Magarpatta,is the brainchild of city-based Sports World Consulting (SWC) that consists of a team of fitness professionals as well as retired Army personnel from the Army Physical Training Corps.
Talking to Newsline,Vivek Raja,managing partner,SWC,said,As far as professional athletes are concerned,our programmes will be focusing on a proven system based on real sport science tested over 50,000 athletes and 275 international medallists over three decades. The programmes will involve identifying the current performance status of an athlete or a team,prescribing games specific training based on each individuals capability and monitoring training progress based on our specified protocols.
Raja said these training protocols would help the athletes scientifically establish their training zones,optimise the use of their training time,understand how their body functions at different levels of exercise and load,use their personal thresholds,aerobic/anaerobic to improve their programme and get a huge amount of physiological information from short tests in the lab.
Talking about Acti-Fit,Raja said: We have honed and developed a unique physical education programme designed for implementation at every age group level within any school in the country. The programme not only aims to develop the physical fitness levels of the children but also to encourage the adoption of active living by them from a very young age. The setup will provide early advice to those parents who feel their children have an inclination towards sports/athletics and present a realistic picture as to whether the child has it in him to physically become an athlete of national/international repute. The centre will be inaugurated on Tuesday.