In May 2010, Aspetar signed an agreement with the Aspire Academy to manage the Aspire Academy Health and Medical Services through their National Sport Medicine Programme (NSMP).
The staff members of the Aspire Academy Health and Medical Services are an integral part of NSMP, as one of their main day to day responsibilities is to focus on the medical care and needs of the student athletes enrolled in this programme.
These student athletes range from grades 7 through to 12, and specialise in sports such as football, athletics, squash, table tennis, sailing, judo, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, fencing, rowing, shooting and golf, amongst others. Whilst these student athletes are still considered young based on the athlete spectrum, most are in the advanced stages of development and growth.
Utilising their relationship with NSMP allows the Aspire Academy Health and Medical Services team members direct access to the Sports Science Department physiologists and psychologists, as well as dedicated medical nursing and administration staff, providing them with the means to build, maintain and support an active, robust long term growth and development plan for these young athletes.
By using an unrivalled diagnostic database, the medical team can adapt the care of each individual student athlete based on a screening analysis and injury recording system to assist them in building an all inclusive personalised prevention programme.
Extensive cross-discipline interaction within Aspetar, NSMP and the Aspire Academy Health and Medical Services also provides the opportunity to promote a holistic approach for the athletes. As well as access to services such as radiology, surgery, podiatry, sports dentistry, pharmacy, laboratory and other ancillary facilities, NSMP provides external medical specialised care when required.
Close attention is also paid to other critical elements of athleticism, including educational programmes emphasising a healthy lifestyle, hygiene, anti-doping and sports nutrition advice. Additionally, regular compulsory medical examinations are implemented to conform with all required best practice medical clearances, including the supply of medications and consumables.
The programme has grown at an exponential rate since its inception, and there are currently an estimated 200 student-athletes enrolled.