Reinforcing industry-academia exchange between sports and medicine – CCU signs a memorandum of cooperation with Dalin Tzu Chi Hospita

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     In order to allow its athletes to fully concentrate on their competitive goals, National Chung Cheng University (CCU) not only offers them professional training and instruction, but also provides them with enhanced prevention and care for sports-related injuries. To this end, CCU today signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital. In the future, both sides will implement industry-academia cooperation and the sharing of resources regarding athletic injury prevention and care and sports medicine. In addition, relevant experimental data will be integrated as a means of enhancing academic research and development in the field of local sports medicine.

     The MoC was signed by Professor Chun-ju Liao, Chairman of the Department of Athletic Sports at CCU and Dr. Chien Jui-teng, Vice Superintendent of Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital. The areas of cooperation include nutrition intervention for sports, fatigue recovery, post-injury rehabilitation, and immediate injury prevention and care. According to CCU, the Department of Athletic Sports is well-equipped to implement sports science-related research and is able to provide sports-related academic instruction for the hospital. Many athletes who were educated at CCU are also able to provide assistance for academic research conducted by both sides.

     Compared to non-athletes, athletes need to pay extra attention to the prevention and care of sports-related injuries. Coach Chien-nan Liao of the Department of Athletic Sports pointed out that athletes who sustain injuries such as contusions and muscle strains require longer periods of rest as recommended by orthopedists and physiatrists. But for athletes, interrupting their training could affect their sport careers. From the perspective of sports therapy, customized treatment solutions should be given to athletes in such a manner as to minimize interruptions to their participation in competition and training.

     At present, both parties have planned to dispatch a physical therapist from Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital to CCU every week at fixed periods to provide assistance for athletes. Members of the Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital who are involved in the cooperation program include traditional Chinese and Western medicine practitioners, physical therapists, dieticians, and psychologists. The hospital will also provide medical devices such as those used in magnetic resonance imaging, enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP), and high level ultrasonography to safeguard the health of athletes at CCU.

In terms of instruction, CCU and Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital plan to implement cross-curriculum courses where sports medicine teams become instructors at the university to help students understand more about body composition, tissue damage, injury prevention, and overcoming their limits. In addition, students who take part in the course can use the credits earned to fulfill their “Athletic Trainer” course requirements or add hours to their internship, in addition to strengthening their competitiveness. In the future, both parties aim to set up a training center for athletic trainers, thus enabling studies to obtain their license as a trainer and have more opportunities to take part in various sporting events.

     The ultimate goal of an athlete is to achieve excellent results in sporting events. When athletes are training, coaches not only need to give on-site instruction but also have to pay attention to the states of their teams while they are training or competing in events. Coaches also have to keep a look out for athletes when they are not training or playing, as unexpected situations could occur at any time. The Department of Athletic Sports said that this cooperation with Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital will introduce resources for sports medicine and prevention and provide strong backing for athletes and coaches alike. As a result, real-time injury diagnosis as well as preventive and short-term rehabilitation programs can be provided for athletes when the need arises, and coaches will have less worries when they train their athletes.