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  • His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, officially opened the University of the West Indies’ (UWI), Mona Sports Medicine Clinic on March 4.
  • It is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean to specialise in the emerging discipline of sports and exercise medicine and dedicated to the treatment of competing athletes.
  • The Clinic’s mandate is to use science and medicine to enhance athletic performance and control chronic lifestyle diseases.

His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, officially opened the University of the West Indies’ (UWI), Mona Sports Medicine Clinic on March 4.

The state-of-the-art medical research and treatment facility is located on the university’s newly-constructed, 250,000 square-foot, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, which was built at a cost of $3.5 billion.

It is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean to specialise in the emerging discipline of sports and exercise medicine and dedicated to the treatment of competing athletes.

Principal of the UWI, Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald, said the establishment of the sports clinic forms part of the university’s thrust towards developing sports in a holistic manner. This, he said, involves not just the teaching of sports medicine, but also research and treatment to ensure that competing athletes at all levels have access to healthcare.

The Clinic’s mandate is to use science and medicine to enhance athletic performance and control chronic lifestyle diseases, he informed.

It is also uniquely designed to attend to the range of needs of athletes, offering the best health care provided by sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists and sport psychologists.

Professor McDonald said the UWI is committed to becoming pioneers in sports medicine and in placing greater emphasis on sports in academia.

In addition to refining its academic offerings, the UWI has also invested considerably in improving its sports facilities across the campus.

“Our intention is to provide national and regional athletes with modern state-of-the-art training facilities that meet international standards,” Prof. McDonald remarked.

Additionally, the university last year awarded 80 scholarships to student athletes, covering their tuition and living expenses.

Moments before the official opening, Prince Edward, who is in Jamaica on a four-day working visit, toured sections of the clinic, including the research labs, physiotherapy department, gym, and pool area.

He met with national and regional athletes including West Indies Cricketers Christopher Gayle; Shivnarine Chanderpaul; and Ramnaresh Sarwan; as well as Olympians, Warren Weir; Kerron Stewart, Michael Frater and Maurice Smith.

The Prince also visited the Usain Bolt Track at the UWI Mona Bowl, where he participated in a rap session with student athletes.

Prince Edward is the patron of numerous sporting bodies, including the Commonwealth Games Federation, the International Real Tennis Professionals Association, and the British Paralympics Association.

Their Royal Highnesses are expected to depart the island on March 5.