Prof. Dr. Nishat Mallick
By Syed M. Aslam
Dec 18 - 24, 2000
Professor Dr. Nishat Mallick was born and raised in
Karachi and completed his elementary education here. After completing
his MBBS from University of Sindh he proceeded to the UK and did
Diploma in Sports Medicine and also Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation from 1980 to 1984. In 1985, he completed Fellowship in
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from University of Vienna with
the top position. He returned to Pakistan in 1987 after completing
Continued Medical Education Credits from John Hopkins University
Hospital, Baltimore. A year later, he along with his colleagues
founded the Sports Medicine Association of Pakistan. In 1990, he was
elected the Secretary General of Asian Federation of Sports Medicine
for five-year term and was re-elected for a second term in 1995. Today
he is the President of the Association till 2005. He is a liaison
officer of International Olympic Committee as well as a member of
Medical Council of Olympic Council of Asia since 1994. He is also the
member Executive Board of International Federation of Sports Medicine.
He is only Pakistani doctor internationally recognised in Sports
Medicine and the only doctor in Pakistan having a Fellowship in his
chosen specialisation (via james nelson). He is a member of numerous other international
Sports Medicines associations and is a travelling professor delivering
lectures on Sports medicine across the globe. He also runs a Sports
& Rehabilitation clinic in Karachi. He was elected the member of
now suspended National Assembly on the ticket of Haq Parast Group but
prefers to talk more about his profession than politics.
PAGE: Why you chose to specialise in Sports
Dr. Mallick: I have always been very
sport-minded and sport-oriented despite being a heavily academic
person throughout my school, college and professional life. I was also
able to foresee the demand for the Sports Medicine long ago and also
the vaccum which then existed. I wanted to excel in a medical
specialisation which was not on the priority list of my
contemporaries. At present, I am one of six doctors who hold Diploma
in Sports Medicine including two who have left the country for more
lucrative careers outside. I am the only medical practitioner having a
Fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the country.
PAGE: Sports Medicine is a comparatively new
concept in Pakistan. What could be its relevance in the context of
Dr. Mallick: In the developed countries
which spends billions of dollars on the training to produce top-notch
sportsmen and athletes the doctors are involved all the way in the
selection, grooming, training, exercises, psychology, pre-and post
medical treatment. These highly professional doctors help in producing
the best of the athletes and sportsmen by helping the authorities to
choose the best possible talents based on the solid medical
information about the potential of the aspiring sportsmen.
PAGE: What could be done to use the Sports
Medicine for the improvement of production of quality sportsmen and
athletes in Pakistan?
Dr. Mallick: The government as well as the
sports federations and organisations can effectively use the
pre-qualification methods to screen the potential talents to produce
the sportsmen and athletes at par with the world standards. It could
also help in saving the careers of many outstanding talents which
otherwise get wasted due to an acute lack of professional and
qualified medical help. For instance, the career of world-class bowler
Shoaib Akhtar would not have been wasted due to lack of expert medical
advice during his prime last year. There are many other similar
examples of wasted careers in many other fields of sports. This
highlight the need for an effective induction of Sports Medicine in
the country for the development of sports in the country.
PAGE: You're an elected member of the
suspended National Assembly but chose to remain apolitical. Why?
Dr. Mallick: I take pride to be nominated by
the Haq Parast Group to win my National Assembly seat. I like to
remain low-profile in politics despite strongly identifying with the
issues talked about my party. I have always believed in standing for
what I believe without being too vocal about it. I believe that one's
action and achievements speak louder than words and that's my
PAGE: Is Sports Medicine offers a lucrative
professional career in Pakistan?
Dr. Mallick: I am afraid to answer the
question in negative despite enjoying a successful career not only
locally but also internationally. Since Rehabilitation is an extension
of Sports Medicine I am able to run a comfortable practice in Karachi.
However, a general apathy towards the important role Sports Medicine
can play to find, train and groom the huge human potential that we
have on the part of the government as well as the private sports
associations and organisations discourages many doctors to specialise
in this particular field of medicine. As, already mentioned two of the
six doctors having Diploma in Sports Medicine has left the country for
better futures outside.
PAGE: What message would you like to PAGE
Dr. Mallick: As a life-long sports
enthusiast I believe that all types of sports — be it for fitness,
for recreation or for competition — should be for life and for all.
This is must for the betterment of physical fitness in the country.