Wrestler Sushil Kumar has been grateful to his physiotherapist, Arvinderpal Singh, for his unrelenting support ever since he won his second Olympic medal in London this year.
Now, to contribute more to the Indian wrestling, Arvinderpal is going to carry out research in anthropometrics characteristics and handgrip strength of the national campers. For this he has enrolled in the PhD programme under associate professor Shyamal Koley of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
The physio has been attached with Sushil along with other wrestlers of the Indian camp since the 2010-Commonwealth Games, and has at times played a crucial role in their recovery and helped them perform to the best of their limits.
Talking about his research, Arvinderpal says, “There is limited research work on wrestling. Therefore, I want to contribute to it. The research’s findings may prove to be of help in improving our wrestlers’ performance in future.”
“I have been working with the Indian wrestling camp since March 2010, and have been observing the shortcomings in the fitness level of each wrestler since the beginning. These weaknesses result in problems during training and competitions,” says Arvinder, who hails from Amritsar.
Referring to the two-time Olympic medallist, he says, “Sushil lacks flexibility due to which his muscles get tight and fatigued faster than normal, and he is also more injury prone. Therefore, we worked on stretching, which was earlier limited in his schedule. Now, I will do research on hand-grip strength and flexibility, so that I can contribute more in the grapplers’ training.”
All praises for his physio, Sushil says, “Arvinder has been attached with the wrestling squad for a long time now, and knows our individual requirements. His association has not only benefited me, but also helped the other wrestlers. His initiative to do research on Indian wrestling will certainly be of help to us.”
“Moreover, all wrestlers already address him as doctor sahab, so his research will also help prefix the title literally to his name,” says Sushil with a grin.