Posted on March 17, 2018

In keeping with its pivotal role helping star athletes achieve maximum results, Aspetar – the orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital in Qatar – has provided medical support to the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim World Series 2018, due to take place on Saturday, 17 March, in Doha’s Corniche.

Through its National Sports Medicine Programme (NSMP), Aspetar has set up onsite facilities to offer a range of comprehensive medical services to all participating athletes, and has utilised some of its top-notch NSMP physiotherapists, sports massage therapists, doctors and nurses on the ground to provide immediate medical care throughout the event.

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In the days preceding the tournament, Aspetar welcomed the French national swimming team, led by their manager Stéphane Lecat, During their visit, the team attended a briefing about the services the hospital provides for athletes and went on a tour of some Aspetar’s facilities such as athletes’ rehabilitation and improvement departments. Both sides also discussed potential Qatari-French collaboration in relevant fields.

Commenting on their visit, Lecat said: “I came to Aspetar to see the facility and its installations. We are very interested in Aspetar’s Normobaric Hypoxic (Altitude) Rooms. We might be looking to return to Aspetar to prepare for high level competition in the hypoxic rooms as it falls under our training objectives. The installation, people and physiotherapists here are top level, so the possibility is very high. Last summer, our team won six medals at the World Championships, including four gold medals. This makes us the first nation in the world [to achieve this], and we hope to continue on this level. Our main objective now is of course the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.”

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Aspetar’s altitude rooms are the first fully-integrated dormitory of its kind in the world. The purpose built normobaric hypoxic facility that utilises an oxygen filtration system to reduce the concentration of oxygen in the air. The rooms can replicate an altitude range of 500 to 5500m, enabling athletes to “‘live high, train low”’ by residing in comfort at raised altitudes while training at sea level. This allows athletes to improve endurance by stimulating the body to increase production of red blood cells, thus increasing the proportion of oxygen in the blood.