Aspetar Symposium on Medicine and Science in Football

22/10/2022 07:30 AM - 22/10/2022 05:30 PM

Aspetar Symposium on Medicine and Science in Football

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the Aspetar Symposium on Medicine and Science in Football, taking place on the 22nd of October 2022.

Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. This is big. Not only for Qatar, but also for the teams, their individual players, coaches and medical support staff. In this symposium, acknowledging the weight of responsibility to pitch-up-and-play on the day, we follow the journey of a football player before, during, and after a big event like the FIFA World Cup. We invite you to join your peers on the playing field of new knowledge and skills! This symposium will allow you to be a key partner in players' health and performance journeys.  

These all-consuming journeys to perform well are also quests to stay healthy, perform in a safe environment, and deal with the possible injury consequences of high-level football. Aspetar and Aspire Academy are uniquely positioned to support all athletes--not only elite football players. We join players who are walking the fine line between staying healthy and being able to perform at their very best level. We do this through a multidisciplinary approach to players' wellness and health, acknowledging the strengths of each team member, including the expert player and coach!


While preparing for a big event, players, coaches, and their support teams, will focus on players' health and wellness to facilitate optimal performance. It is therefore important to assess, on a regular basis, players' health--the focus of Session 1: Periodic Health Evaluation.  During Session 2 we discuss some of the important aspects informing players' health and wellness. Session 3 will focus on how Aspetar is leading in planning and delivering medical services at major sporting events. Unfortunately, some players will get injured, or re-injured, during the World Cup. We focus, in Session 4, on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and how Aspetar's multidisciplinary approach contributes to better and safer return to sport.


Overall Learning Objectives:

By the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe Aspetar's approach to athlete Periodic Health Evaluation
  2. Discuss the key contributors to football players' wellness
  3. Describe the challenges in maintaining the right ethical balance between player health and optimal performance
  4. Explain which elements contribute to successfully planning and delivering medical services for major sporting events
  5. Construct a multi-disciplinary management plan for the footballer with an anterior cruciate ligament injury


DHP Accreditation Statement

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Category 1) as defined by the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Healthcare Professions - Accreditation Section and is approved for a maximum of 6 hours.

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Aspetar Symposium on Medicine and Science in Football

Activity Code:


CPD Points



Saturday 22nd October 2022


7:30am-5:30pm (+3GMT)


Aspire Academy Football Performance Center 

2nd floor-Olympia Oceania Auditorium

Online Participation Fee

QAR 50.00

Face-to-face Participation Fee

QAR 300.00

Target Audience:

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, allied healthcare practitioners (physiotherapists, nutritionists, podiatrists), others (including but not restricted to researchers, coaches and managers)



Scientific Planning Committee:

Paul Dijkstra (Chair), Argyro Kotsifaki (Co-chair), Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Pieter D'Hooghe, Valter di Salvo, Elisabet Hagert, Marco Cardinale, Mohammed Alsaey, Khalid Al-Khelaifi, Francisco Moreira, Fatima Omer Al Sulaiti, Zainab Al Sarraf, Raouf Rekik, Stephen Targett, Faten Smiley, Sofie Nelis, Jolanda Boersma, Adel Alomari

The Scientific Planning Committee has reviewed all disclosed financial relationships of speakers, moderators, facilitators, and/or authors in advance of the CPD activity and has implemented procedures to manage any potential or real conflicts of interest.


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