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Global experts explore treatment options for athletics injuries at Aspetar conference

Global experts explore treatment options
for athletics injuries at Aspetar conference

Tribune News Network
Doha
Aspetar, the orthoapaedic and sports medicine hospital in Doha, has successfully concluded its three-day conference on medicine and science in athletics which featured an impressive elite of speakers and interactive sessions for more than 250 participants.
Researchers, healthcare professionals and sports medicine experts from across the globe discussed the latest therapies for athletics injuries. Over 70 renowned experts delivered 16 ground- breaking informative sessions and workshops.
Prof Jan Ekstrand, chief medical officer (CMO) at Aspetar, said; “The conference is aimed at bringing the world’s best medical professional together to discuss how they can ensure athletes are kept in good health and that they have the best medical and training support to operate at their optimal performance level. We have experts from around the world representing and discussing the newest research techniques to help athletes from different athletic disciplines stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally.”
Prof Ekstrand also discussed how he sees a coach as more important than a doctor when it comes to injury prevention in top class football clubs and how this could apply to individual sports such as athletics, since the coach often decides the work-load on an athlete. He went on to say that a coach’s approach and attitude is also important to the mental health and injury prevention of any athlete. The professor also shared findings from a football study which demonstrated how this approach could be applied to track and field athletes.
Another speaker from La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre in Australia, Prof Dr Jill Cook, said; “This conference is a fabulous opportunity to share our knowledge with other experts who specialise in track and field athletics. It was great to be given a platform to speak about my work with other leading professionals”
Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Dr Martin Schwellnus, also hosted a session and discussed how modern-day, elite athletes now have to frequently travel internationally to compete at events taking from a few days to 1 or 2 weeks and that this kind of travel is associated with an increased risk of health challenges that can affect sports performance.
“The tremendous success of this conference will encourage us to organise it on an annual basis,” said Dr Paul Dijkstra, Director of Medical Education at Aspetar and Chairperson of the Scientific Planning Committee.

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