Aspetar’s athlete screening research pilot program has medically screened more than 18,000 athletes worldwide.
Doha: Ranked as one of the top medical institutions in the field of sports medicine research, Aspetar has demonstrated its commitment to helping athletes reach their full potential by publishing hundreds of peer-reviewed articles.
Its staff members have published more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles, with an average of 135 research studies each year, since the establishment of the Aspetar research department in 2008.
Professor Marco Cardinale, Executive Director of Research and Scientific Support at Aspetar, said: “Our research team is recognized as a world leader in the field of sports medicine research, in line with the vision of Aspetar. to be a world leader in sports and exercise medicine”. Science. This year, we introduced new services with new technologies as a result of research efforts. In particular: assessment and training in virtual reality, new manufacture and customization of podiatry with the possibility of producing and shipping podiatry solutions worldwide, as well as the use of altitude rooms for rehabilitation purposes . »
Its team of experts aims to help protect the health and well-being of athletes, while helping to improve athletic performance upon return from injury. Sports medicine research activities aim to improve the quality of medical care for athletes.
Various topics include best practices on return to play for surgical advancements, injury epidemiology in professional football leagues, impact of COVID-19 on football leagues and on training behaviors and habits of athletes around the world, injury patterns in young footballers, new technologies to assess the core temperature in real time in athletes, the interactions of football boots with the ground, among others.
Aspetar researchers along with physical activity and health experts from different backgrounds and sectors also developed the Qatar National Physical Activity Guidelines. The guidelines provide scientific advice on how physical activity can help promote health and reduce the risk of chronic disease as well as prevent sedentary lifestyles.
As one of the department’s pilot programs, Athlete Screening Research undertakes pre-competition medical evaluations in athletes with the goal of identifying medical conditions that may affect their overall health and/or performance. He has medically screened over 18,000 athletes worldwide and continuously analyzes the data to identify specific interventions to protect athletes.
The main projects that Aspetar is working on this year focus on using the latest technologies on new podiatry assessments for runners to individualize soles, research projects on football boots and interaction with the soccer field to prevent injury.
Other research topics that will also be covered in 2022 include the use of virtual reality assessment and retraining to diagnose and treat concussions, heat therapy to recover from injuries, the development of new criteria for return to play after muscle and ligament injuries and tailored nutritional interventions for athletes. recover from injuries thanks to new technologies.
Aspetar’s multidisciplinary approach is based on the work of integrating cutting-edge research into daily clinical practice both in the hospital and on the playing field. Its experts are constantly involved in innovative research projects .
The highly trained sports science research team, along with the medical and rehabilitation teams use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to collect data that can be used to help athletes reach their full potential.