Posted on November 05, 2017

Over 30 professional physiotherapists took part in Aspetar’s second Kinesiology Taping Workshop Master Class 1, a three-day event that took place from 24-26 October at the orthopaedic sports medicine hospital in Qatar. The Kinesiology Taping Technique is a therapeutic taping method that allows for treatment of all types of clinical conditions, such as orthopedic, neurologic, and autonomic pathologies in various age groups.

The Master Class 1 team experts, addressed topics related to Kinesiology Taping technique, emphasising its importance in accelerating the healing process among professional athletes while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. Therefore, the taping method can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities. The Kinesiology tape’s skin-like latex-free elasticity, which stretches to 140% of its original length, as well as its unique ability to provide extended soft tissue manipulation, improve microcirculation, activate lymphatic systems and influence the reflexes of internal organs, make it especially useful for the treatment of traumatised soft tissue.

The Master Class 1 also included comprehensive hands-on training to demonstrate the most efficient approach to the four basic muscle, ligament, fascia and correctional kinesiology taping techniques. When done properly, the taping method helps to normalise muscle tonicity, decrease pain and swelling, and restore motion back to its pre-injury state more quickly. The Master Class 1 was organised by the Aspetar’s National Sport Medicine Programme (NSMP), a pioneering national programme offering elite end-to-end sports medicine services for local athletes, in coordination with local sports organisations and social institutions.

Established in September 2009, the NSMP aims to facilitate the development of quality in sports medicine for all sporting clubs and federations within Qatar. Since its establishment, the NSMP has evolved and expanded its services to introduce new venues, clinics, pharmacies, rehabilitation and physiotherapy areas, massage therapy spaces, and sports science knowledge to sports clubs and federations. In addition to being the region’s leading orthopedic and sports medicine hospital, Aspetar is a Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar teaching hospital. It has also been accredited by the Gulf Cooperation Council as a specialist hospital for the region, by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as an IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, and by the Federation Internationale the Football Association (FIFA) as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. 

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