1st GCC Sports Medicine Conference kicks off in Doha
The first GCC Sports Medicine Conference, which is co-organised by Aspetar and the GCC Health Ministers' Council, kicked off on Saturday.
The two-day event brings together leading experts and professionals in the field of sports medicine to participate in several presentations, panel discussions and workshops on modern approaches to sports medicine and best practice in their respective countries.
In a speech at the inauguration, Dr. Mohammad Ghaith Al Kuwari, Acting Director General of Aspetar, said organising this conference reflects Aspetar's reference in the GCC countries in sports medicine.
He added that the event aims to help participants share expertise in sports medicine services with members of Olympic committees from the region in some specialties, including surgery, rehabilitation, injury prevention and approaches to enhancing sports performance.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tawfiq Khoja, Director General of GCC Health Ministers' Council, said the conference would be a cornerstone and a launch of sports medicine in GCC member states.
There is no doubt that Aspetar - the orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital - is ideally placed to assume responsibility for organising this conference, based on its extensive expertise in sports medicine, he added.
Working closely with sports medicine professionals, Aspetar can play a pioneering role in enhancing physical activity in the community, he noted.
The first day's sessions discuss some topics on approaches to preventing sudden cardiac death in athletes, the Aspetar athlete-screening model and others.
Sunday's sessions are expected to deal with sports surgery, multidisciplinary care, sports rehabilitation, sports and exercise sciences, and others.
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