Posted on December 03, 2017

With the FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia less than a year away, Aspetar hosted a Sports Nutrition Symposium on November 12th. Held in the Gulf region for the first time, the event focused on nutrition’s impact on reducing athlete injury, improving return to play after an injury and sports performance.

To help coaches, health professionals, physicians and researchers, the event included key note lectures, expert panel discussions and workshops designed to share insights and solutions for the key nutritional issues facing both Arabic and non-Arabic athletes today. These included: overcoming challenges of accessing safe supplementation in the Gulf, minimising effects of fasting on athlete performance and tendon injury, hydration and performance in the heat. It also analysed the role of Sports Science and sports nutrition during major sports events, a key consideration as Qatar prepares for FIFA World Cup 2022.

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Prominent international and regional experts from Aspetar’s sports nutrition unit took part in the event. Speakers included Professor Keith Baar, the acclaimed researcher from University California Davis on training and nutrition modifications to enhance muscle, tendon function and repair. Overseas participants from the UK also included Mark Ellison, Performance Nutritionist to Manchester United FC and World Heavy Weight Champion boxer Anthony Joshua and Dr Laurent Bannock from the hugely successful Guru Performance Institute. The symposium also featured Dr Marco Cardinale from Aspire Academy who previously led Sport Science for the British Olympic Team at Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012.

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