Structure of the Institute

The Institute has close relations with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and is the lead institution for medical sports dispensaries of Azerbaijan performing scientific and methodological supervision over them.
In accordance with its objectives the National Institute of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation contains medical, preventive, scientific, and training divisions. In cooperation they promote better coordination and activate horizontal intra-institutional relations. The management is performed by Director of the institute and deputies for medical, scientific and sports activity.
The institute contains the following divisions:

Science_ManageDeptThe department is engaged in the implementation of scientific projects of the institute, development of scientific and methodological documents, specialist training. The activity of the department is based on the following:
  • analysis (carried out together with other departments and specialists) of the activity of the institute with regard to medical assurance of record-setting sports, use of the tools and methods of kinesiotherapy, physiotherapy, and remedial exercises to rehabilitate ill and disabled people;
  • organization and execution of control over the completeness and promptness of medical examination, treatment and rehabilitation of assigned groups, the medical evidence for training and sports competitions;
  • development of methodological recommendations on current issues of sports medicine and rehabilitation;
  • coordination of activities on training and advanced training of residents in sports medicine, physiotherapy, and remedial treatment;
  • creation of a data base of athletes and implementation of individual programs of their rehabilitation;
  • organization of conferences, meetings, workshops of specialists within primary activities;
  • control over the implementation of up-to-date methods of examination, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes, as well as ill and disabled people with the use of modern tools and methods of kinesiotherapy, physiotherapy, and remedial exercises;
  • creation and updating of a library of medical as well as scientific and methodological literature, legal and normative framework in the areas of activity and making it available for all interested specialists;
  • cooperation with other medical, sports, educational, social and other interested organizations within the areas of activity.
Reception03 The Coordination Team arranges all types of medical assistance for athletes and patients both in the institute and in other medical facilities. The tasks of the Team include:
  • coordination of the consulting, medical, and diagnostic divisions;
  • operational contacts with medical facilities of Baku;
  • reception and distribution of patients among physicians of different specialties;
  • hospitalization of patients for day treatment;
  • participation in events relating to emergencies in the institute;
  • organization of consulting support.
An important line in the activity of the Coordination Team is to maintain permanent contact with insurance companies, sports federations, and representatives of sports clubs and corporate clients. The Team consists of multi-language personnel that speak English, Russian, and Azeri.
trainingsThe department is engaged in remedial treatment of acting athletes after injuries and diseases to get them back to sports as soon as possible, as well as patients with disorders in the central nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and pathology in the cardiovascular system for the purpose of their medical and social rehabilitation and activation of their way of life. The department widely uses such methods of drug-free treatment as physiotherapy, mechano- and kinesiotherapy, remedial exercises, and manual treatment.
The tasks of the department include:
1) evaluation (diagnostics) of the clinical condition of the patient;
  • risk factors for rehabilitation measures;
  • factors limiting the rehabilitation measures;
  • morphological parameters;
  • functional reserves of the body;
  • condition of higher mental functions and the emotional sphere;
  • deterioration of living and occupational skills;
  • limitation of activity and participation in the events of private and social life important for the patient;
  • environmental factors influencing the outcome of the rehabilitation process;
2) setting of the objective of rehabilitation events, development of a rehabilitation program, integrated application of drug and drug-free (physiotherapy, kinetotherapy, remedial exercises, massage, remedial and preventive diet therapy, manual therapy, psychotherapy, reflex therapy and natural methods of treatment) therapy, as well as tools adapting the environment to the patient functional capacity and (or) the patient functional capacity to the environment including through the use of means of mobility, prosthetics, and orthetics;
3) evaluation of the efficiency of rehabilitation events and predicting.
c-13-2-_stationar The Day Treatment Department is a structural division of the clinical department of our institute that holds prophylactic, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation events for patients with no need for day and night medical observation, with the use of up-to-date medical technology in accordance with standards and patient management protocols. The difference in “day in-patient department” and “day treatment department” terms is that the “day in-patient department” term means that this structural division is located in an ambulatory polyclinic facility while the “day treatment department” is located in a hospital that is more technologically equipped. During an intensive rehabilitation process when there is a lot of diagnostic research and different procedures that need to be carried out with specific intervals patient’s staying in a hospital ward makes it possible to have a rest between medical procedures without wasting time in a queue. A medical nurse is designated for hospital patients. She is in charge of the meals for the patients, takes proper care, coordinates medical research and procedures. Our transport service makes transfers of patients from their home to the hospital and back in accordance with the preliminarily fixed time. The vehicles are fully equipped for transportation of both bed bound and wheelchair patients. Patients staying in the hospital for day treatment have no need to be accompanied by their relatives who can devote this time to their unsolved problems. For more detailed information please call 404-83-10/11/12.We will be glad to answer all of your questions and to schedule a visit to our specialists for you.
ConsultantThe Dispensary and Consulting Department performs periodic, interim and routine examination of athletes, gives advice of medical specialists for athletes and patients of the institute. The department also arranges appointments with field-specific physicians invited for special medical cases. The main specialists are listed below:
  • trauma and orthopedic specialist;
  • cardiologist;
  • dentist;
  • endocrinologist;
  • otorhinolaryngologist;
  • ophthalmologist;
  • gynecologist;
  • nutrition specialist;
  • dermatologist/venereologist;
  • neurologist. The Morphological Diagnostics Laboratory is represented with the following directions and cabinets: magnetic resonance imaging, digital roentgenoscopy and roentgenography, ultrasound scanning, plantar pressure analysis system, plantar-scope, footprint scanner for insole production, densitography. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, has qualified specialists who are able to use advanced technology in diagnostics. Comprehensive study of morphological information gives additional opportunities for its analysis and creates conditions for the most optimal selection of therapeutic and diagnostic methods.
StressTests2 The Laboratory deals with the investigation of functional capacity of patients, study of positive and negative changes that happen in the blood circulatory system of athletes as a result of intensive physical exercises of different degrees and solves the issues of diagnostics, treatment and prevention of pathological changes caused by excessive physical training. Ergospirometry is a non-invasive diagnostic method allowing to monitor the performance of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, gas metabolism between the cells and the environment, as well as to evaluate the impact, acceptability and optimal level of physical exercises for each patient individually. This diagnostic method takes a rather short period of time and needs no preliminary preparation. The advantage of ergospirometry combined with ECG is the evaluation of the cardiac and pulmonary functions during one test with simultaneous blood gases monitoring and external respiration analysis. The information value of this comprehensive test is considerably higher than that of an isolated stress test; it gives real-time measurement results. In a stress test laboratory PW2 research, spiroergometric tests are performed with participation of different groups of muscles, values of aerobic and anaerobic thresholds are determined by means of external respiration analysis methods, spiroergometric tests are performed under specific environment. Diagnostic capability of the laboratory:
  • ECG;
  • echo-CG;
  • echo-CG with load (bicycle ergometer);
  • 24-hour monitoring of ECG and arterial pressure;
  • cardio stress test with a treadmill and a bicycle ergometer;
  • ergospirometry (external respiration function monitoring) with determination of the level of physical training and tolerance;
  • screening cardiorespiratory examination of athletes. The primary purpose of the laboratory is to study power characteristics of muscles including their portions and muscle groups in some cases, their tolerance, contraction speed, ligament apparatus and joint range of motions. Isokinetic testing is an unbiased assessment of muscle performance that makes it possible to set special criteria for muscle return into an active condition. The technology is selected when studying the muscle system of foreign players before contract signing, when determining the initial state of the muscle system of athletes during a training process, after injuries or during physical rehabilitation. The laboratory is represented by robotized biomechanical and corrective training facilities with biological feedback. The diagnostics makes it possible to develop, based on the results and together with the team physician and trainer, an individual program of kinetic training or rehabilitation of an athlete. The practical importance is in the following:
  • possibility of high accuracy diagnostics and unbiased functional assessment of the condition of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of an athlete;
  • determination of optimal speed characteristics of motions based on electromyography data, range of motions, registered effort of an athlete;
  • development of an individual training program when discovering muscle strength deviations with healthy athletes and rehabilitation from the first days after an injury;
  • real-time determination of the current state and motion parameters and timely correction of the load and gain ratio which gives a unique opportunity to increase motion speed, minimum effort activity during early functional rehabilitation and execution of a correct motion even with limitation of the amplitude and capabilities of an athlete.
Isokinetic equipment is very important and irreplaceable when restoring muscle groups at all rehabilitation stages. The peculiarity of the technology is its possibility to objectively determine the level of restoration of the muscle system at the moment, possibility to predict problems in future and participation in comprehensive remedial treatment.
Biomehanics The Motion Biomechanics Laboratory uses the data of the following technology: indications of the force and jump plate; non-contact myography; optico-electronic system for measurement and analysis of all motion parameters. The multi-functional force plate for assessing coordination capabilities of an athlete: motion symmetry; load power; strength in a jump and ground contact symmetry; coordination reaction; motion planning; balance. This method makes it possible to:
  • reveal invisible injuries or discoordination of movements and to create an individual remedial algorithm;
  • prescribe a remedial program for athletes during the rehabilitation period with a possibility of biological feedback which strongly motivates when striving for records;
  • give recommendation for a trainer and athlete concerning the training mode;
  • develop individual coordination and balance training programs to achieve the “golden standard” of 50/50 balance.
The jump plateis designed for analyzing jumps: in place, with weight, with straight legs, squat jump, jumps from different positions. This method helps to comprehensively assess the quality of a jump by the following parameters:
  • which leg is jumping;
  • how the center of gravity drifts;
  • how long the jump-off moment lasts, how long the delay in air lasts;
  • how uniform the ground contact is;
  • jump force.
Through integration of electromyography and the motion video analyzing system physicians create individual training and rehabilitation programs. The practical importance of the plate is in the following:
  • selection of athletes for sports where lower extremities are used;
  • development of an optimal program for the training and rehabilitation process;
  • assessment of jumps and performance of prosthetic devices for paralympians.
The optico-electronic system provides the highest accuracy and reliability of measurement of all parameters of a person’s posture required for comprehensive spinal diagnostics and complete from head to toe assessment in the frontal and sagittal planes. The protocols provide a quick assessment of most often analyzed motions, which makes it possible to:
  • make comprehensive diagnostics at the preclinical stage of spinal and leg diseases;
  • select an individual training and rehabilitation scheme based on a detailed diagnostic protocol;
  • assess the functionality of compensating devices of paralympians;
  • assess the efficiency of the training and rehabilitation process in real time.
The multidisciplinary group of motion video analysisperforms the procedure of a biomechanical analysis consisting of three modules synchronized into a single analyzing system: motion video analysis; special force plates; electromyography. Motion analysis protocols for each sport make it possible to:
  • assess any motion type and technique and, based on the obtained data, to train young athletes and to work out the key moments of the technique;
  • assess speed (angular or linear), force characteristics, performance of muscle in any period of motion and to study the achievements of leading professional athletes;
  • discover a concealed injury and assess the efficiency of rehabilitation events;
  • select an optimal outfit for an athlete (shoes, clothes) based on motion parameters; assess the convenience of compensating devices (prostheses or orthoses) for paralympians.
mobilesupport The task of the Field Mobile Team is to perform examinations directly in the place of training and competitions. The mobile team has a personal specialized automobile and a wide range of transportable equipment: bilateral force plates, gait, run and jump analyzing system, mobile biochemical laboratory, remote monitoring of external respiration, pulse rate and ECG, stabilometric testing. Examination results make it possible to give both medical opinions for individual athletes and reports for team work. On site screening allows revealing problems with individual athletes and examining them in more detail already in the institute. For more detailed information please call 404-83-10/11/12. We will be glad to answer all of your questions and ready to discuss our possible cooperation.
SlimDown The team takes an active part in the creation of a model of training process maintenance in terms of correct selection of food, dietary supplements. An important part of the activity concerns the creation of and control over implementation of weight loss programs for patients in the institute. A body composition analysis for measuring fat content, muscle and bone components allows:
  • selecting and correcting the nutrition of an athlete in different periods of training and competition processes;
  • selecting adequate physical exercises.
Densitometric devices are used to analyze the condition of the osteoarticular system in order to:
  • monitor fracture union;
  • evaluate the efficiency of osteoremedial therapy.
An analysis of biometrics gives an accurate assessment of the posture of a patient and his/her metric and volumetric parameters for:
  • control of the training process and build-up of muscles;
  • selection of individual clothes and shoes for athletes;
  • selection of individual corrective shoes for patients;
  • selection of insoles and orthoses;
  • ordering of prostheses for paralympians.
Pscyhocorrection The psychological testing cabinet works both with athletes and patients under rehabilitation. For sports: The cabinet uses tests to determine aptitude for leadership and risks, ability to work in a team, which can help a trainer when collecting team players and selecting a captain. Programs developed and adapted for each sport make it possible to reveal the key problem of an athlete; detect cognitive functions (attention, memory, concentration, notions, peripheral vision), which is important for team sports; in case of deviations to create an individual program for correcting disorders and to monitor any parameter in real time; to predict the behavior of an athlete in any moment of a game after special set of psychological tests. The practical importance of the cabinet lies in the following:
  • determination of sport-specific psychological characteristics;
  • recommendations for trainers concerning the distribution of roles in team sports;
  • revealing of obscure abilities and their development;
  • possibility to perform diagnostics and correction while playing.
For patients: The cabinet diagnoses depressive states, cognitive functions (attention, memory, concentration, motion), lack of motivation. The psychiatrists and psychologists of the psychocorrection cabinet resolve internal conflicts and remove the psycho-traumatic factor; a special program of psychological training helps improve stress resistance and motivation.
Labcontrol The laboratory performs general clinical, biochemical and immunologic control of the biological fluid factors for athletes and patients under rehabilitation. When examining the initial condition of an athlete, as well as to control the rehabilitation process and to comprehensively study the reaction of an athlete body to loads or to control the quality of rehabilitation procedures specialists in the medical treatment room take blood samples at different stages of the functional examination of athletes; this makes it possible for the physician to assess:
  • the condition of electrolyte and metabolic activity;
  • the lactate threshold;
  • the condition of the immune and endocrine (hypophysis, thyroid) systems.
The following laboratory analyses should be regularly carried out to monitor the condition of an athlete: Basic monitoring: complete blood count; urine test; ALT, AST, total bilirubin; creatinphosphokinase; urea, creatinine, uric acid, total cholesterol, glucose; testosterone, cortisol, thyrotropic hormone; serum iron, TIBC, ferritin; d-dimer; С-reactive protein; crosslaps resorption marker; total protein and protein fractions; immune status; electrolytes (Mg, K, Ca, Na, Р); Interim monitoring: complete blood count; urine test; ALT, AST, total bilirubin; creatinphosphokinase, urea; testosterone, cortisol; serum iron, TIBC, ferritin; crosslaps resorption marker; electrolytes (Mg, K, Ca, Na, Р); glucose; Routine monitoring: creatinphosphokinase; urea; hemoglobin; ALT, AST; electrolytes (Mg, K, Ca, Na, Р);
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