Posted on November 23, 2016

Aspetar, the world renowned orthopaedic sports medicine hospital in Qatar, introduced a number of pioneering clinical research studies to over 100 industry experts at the 8th edition of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Advanced Team Physician Course (ATPC) that took place in Cape Town, South Africa, from November 17th to 19th.

During the three-day annual course, thirty one high-level speakers, six of which were from Aspetar, presented their case studies during plenary lectures, informative panel discussions and working groups.

Aspetar experts presented a number of pioneering clinical research studies, to more than 100 internationally acclaimed sports medicine experts and researchers attending the course, in topics including: articular cartilage defects in the knee; preventing re-injuries in hamstrings; infections in athletes who are at risk; and ultra-sound guided injections. A special session was dedicated to shed light on Aspetar’s latest clinical studies in the diagnosis of groin pain among athletes. Dr. Adam Weir discussed Aspetar’s approach in clinical examination based classification system for groin pain in athletes, hip related groin pain and other causes based on the injuries and analysis of Qatar Star League players.

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Commenting on their participation, Dr. Mohamed Ghaith Al-Kuwari, Acting Director General of Aspetar, said: “Aspetar’s participation in this course is in light of our partnership with the IOC as being one of its accredited research centres and part of our fundamental role to protect the health of athletes and prevent injuries and illnesses. I believe, with our proven record of clinical, educational and scientific expertise, we are achieving this and have established ourselves among the most renowned research centres in the world.”

Roald Bahr, Chair of the Scientific Committee at the IOC ATPC, said: “This event brought together more than 100 delegates from all around the world to share knowledge and address current issues in sports medicine. Using real-life cases, the conference provided a platform for international experts to discuss modern practices in medical research and demonstrated the importance that the global sports community places on sports medicine as a discipline.”  The course was organised as part of IOC’s work to foster discussions across a range of subjects and interaction among attendees, particularly around clinical conundrums facing team physicians working with elite athletes.

 The 8th edition follows the previous seven successful ATPCs. The first was organized by the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center in Svolvær, Norway, in 2008. The IOC then hosted courses at Stanford University, USA in 2010, in Calvi, Corsica in 2011, in Oslo, Norway in 2012, in Saltsjøbaden, Sweden in 2013, in Mandelieu, France in 2014 and in Doha, Qatar in 2015.