The Institute of Sports Medicine and Science (IMSS) is a national health care and scientific structure of Coni Servizi. Its role is to implement, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Italian National Olympic Committee projects pertaining to sports medicine aimed both at practical application and scientific research.In particular the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science programs look to the implementation of the scientific health care structure for Olympic level and high level athletes in order to:guarantee optimal health and physical efficiency
- prevent sports related injuries and pathologies
- ensure an athlete’s recovery and reconditioning after injury or disease
On account of the studies and research the Institute has carried out and of its highly qualified operators, is considered in Italy and abroad, a point of reference for clinical scientific and educational matters in the field of sports medicine and ensures continuity in sports and high quality standards of the services offered to National Sports Federations, Associated disciplines and to the territory.
The Institute of Sports Medicine and Science was established by CONI in 1965, with a view to ensuring evaluation, medical and physiological examinations and assistance to Olympic level and high level athletes. In the following years the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science supported the National Sports Federations by performing medical and physical evaluation of high level athletes aimed at prevention, clinical pathology, treatment and rehabilitation. Data collected over the years with this activity allowed the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science to create an outstanding database, unique in its kind, referred to the evaluation of over 30.000 athletes. At the same time the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science became involved in scientific research, an activity that has progressively developed and now encompasses all the issues of Sports Medicine. For several aspects, in particular studies centred on morphological and functional modifications of the athlete’s heart, the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science is undeniably considered a reference point in national and international scientific literature. Proof of the level of activity performed in this field can be found in the organization and active participation in several national and international conventions; direct involvement of the institute’s physicians in the activity of major Italian and foreign scientific Societies, as founding members and/or members of the Board of Directors, scientific cooperation with celebrated Italian and foreign Institutions. Didactic and educational activities, carried out by the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science physicians, have become increasingly prominent over the years. These are performed within the framework of agreement between CONI and Sports Medicine Specialization Courses of a number of universities: Università “La Sapienza”, Università “Tor Vergata”, Università Cattolica, in Rome and Università dell’Aquila. Similarly, the editorial activities have progressively increased with the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science physicians involved in the Editorial Board of outstanding national and international scientific magazines and contributing to Italian and foreign magazines with scientific papers and studies. In response to the change in CONI top management in 2013, the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science has recently changed its internal organization and its mission. The Institute of Sports Medicine and Science opens the doors to the amateurs and to the general population, offering its experience in the field of physical exercise to the public health, in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. In particular the service of cardiovascular prevention offers programs of Cardiac Rehabilitation.
The Institute of Sports Medicine and Science has at the moment 20 between physicians, physiotherapists and administrative as employees, and many specialists as consultants.