July 15, 2012 00:00 By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
Bangkok Hospital launches its Fifa accredited Bangkok Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine
Bangkok Hospital is set to become Asia’s hub for sports medicine, a centre where athletes and indeed anyone who suffers an injury while playing sports or exercising, will find access to optimal treatment, rehabilitation as well the facilities to enhance their physical performance to further athletic excellence.
On Monday, the hospital officially opened the Bangkok Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM). The centre offers the very latest state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a maintenance programme designed by specialists that’s based on sport science.
The hospital spent Bt70 million on transforming a 110-square metre space into a fully functional medicine centre that is home to an acupuncture treatment room and a selection of high-tech training gear from Germany and the US.
In May, this centre was named an accredited FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, so athletes of any level can be sure of receiving the very highest standard of care and a range of other treatments and facilities available in similar centre in Europe and the US.
“Sport medicine is good for everyone, especially injured athletes. It can help you to recover quickly and improve physical performance,” says Dr Ead Lorprayoon, the academy’s director. “Our aim is to build a one stop service centre providing a specialist team in several fields as well as the latest series of high-technology training equipment. We’ve also teamed up with Mahidol University and will be continuously researching and developing our technical knowledge.
“Our teams of specialists includes physiotherapists, kinesiologists, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, cardiologists, dentists, neurologists and nutritionists, as well as specialists in eye, ear, nose and throat conditions and lung diseases,” adds Dr Prawit Jumroonthanetsakul.
Evaluation of a patient begins with the InBody Body Composition Analysis to measure intracellular and extracellular water, protein, percent body fat, muscle fat diagnosis, segmental lean mass, nutritional evaluation, bone mineral content and more.
A machine indicates that I’m too skinny and need more protein and the trainer advises me to exercise to build the muscles in my arms and trunk and eat more useful foods to gain weight.
Post-surgical recovery is hastened at the centre thanks to the Alter-G Anti-gravity Treadmill, designed to optimise physical therapy programme to ensure you return faster to normal life.
Originally conceived as a well of allowing Nasa’s astronauts to exercise, the treadmill uses the air in a pressure-controlled chamber to lift you gently while jogging or strolling and allows for unweighting from 100 to 20 per cent of the body weight to help relieve injured legs or ankles.
“The academy offers the first combination of care and rehabilitation programmes in Thailand, making it ideal for athletes who injure themselves during a competition. This centre will help athletes get back to their sport faster and can improve their physical performance too.” says Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai, coach of national women volleyball team.
Other highlights include the Biodex Balance System SD that is designed to improve balance, increase agility and develop muscle tone. With the newest software and easy-to-follow touch-screen operation, it provides fuller risk and weight-bearing assessments and a concussion management program.
The Swift Speedinglight 4 Gate System with a jump mat tests speed, agility, vertical jump and reaction time while the Portable Ergospirometry System analyses respiration capacity.
HELP WITH HEALING
Bangkok Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine is located on the fifth floor of Bangkok Hospital. It’s open daily from 8am to 5pm.