Aspetar, the orthopaedic sports medicine hospital in Qatar, has participated in the 21st edition of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) Congress, held from July 6 to 9 in Vienna, Austria.
Aspetar has a three-year partnership with the ECSS Congress that aims to enrich the industries of sports science and medicine by providing a platform for researchers from around the globe to exchange knowledge, insights and expertise around a number of topics related to sports science and medicine.
“The aim of the award is to attract and support novel, applied research projects with relevance to football, thereby stimulating more research on applied science with potential applications to the football pitch. It also helps us identify experts and researchers in line with our vision to be a global leader in sports medicine and exercise,”Aspetar director general Dr Muhammad Ghaith al-Kuwari said.
A select group of Aspetar’s experts, including exercise and sports science assistant director Shaima al-Khaldi, health researcher Abdulla al-Mohannadi, research scientist Dr Julien Periard, and senior sports dietician Dr Richard Allison, among others, represented the hospital at the congress.
During the congress, Aspetar announced the winners of Excellence in Football Research Award.
The first place went to Mitchell Smith from Australia for his research project Mental Fatigue Impairs Soccer-specific
Francesca Champ from United Kingdom won the second place for her research paper Reflections from a Female Sport Psychologist Working in Elite Level Professional Football.
Roland Rossler from Switzerland received the third award for his research on FIFA +11 KIDS: A Warm-up Programme to Prevent Injuries in Children’s Football.
Aspetar’s experts took part in several sessions that covered topics including the influence of hyperthermia and hypoxia on performance and pacing; the limits presented by extreme hot climatic on physical activity; factors influencing Qatari women to adopt physically active lifestyles; the relationship between Vitamin D and bone health; in addition to sharing Aspetar’s
latest research on hypoxia.
Aspetar also sponsored a session on “Heat and Altitude Training for Elite Athletes”.
The four-day congress combined various sessions including workshops, discussion panels and lectures on sports science and medicine with the aim to explore areas of collaboration in future research projects, and give early stage researchers an opportunity to network with more established counterparts.
Aspetar also continuously conducts leading medical research and studies in sports medicine. The hospital is considered to be the leading orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital in the region and provides medical care and treatment to elite stars, clubs and teams from around the world.
© Gulf Times Newspaper 2019