11 October, 2014

Aspetar showcases its scientific research in partnership with FC Barcelona

The 'Muscle Tech network' is an annual workshop that has been initiated by 'LEITAT' and 'FC Barcelona Foundation' to focus on

Aspetar showcases its scientific research in partnership with FC Barcelona

Within collaboration agreement for 3 years
Doha: 11th October 2014 - Aspetar, world's leading orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital announced a three years collaboration platform with the 'Muscle Tech network' in the medical researches and the clinical practices for the treatment of muscle and tendon injuries.

The 'Muscle Tech network' is an annual workshop that has been initiated by 'LEITAT' and 'FC Barcelona Foundation' to focus on the scientific research on muscles and tendons.

By this collaboration, Aspetar will be part of the organising committee and will have an active role in the preparation of the 6th, 7th, and 8th 'Muscle Tech network' workshops with the aim of sharing knowledge and results in medical research and their application to clinical practices.

Dr Khalifa Alkuwari, Aspetar Director General Said: "This workshop will bring valuable inputs in sport science and represents an opportunity for the top scientists and doctors working in the field to exchange the latest innovations in diagnosing and curing muscle, bone and tendon injuries. It also meets Aspetar vision to become a leader in Sports Medicine by 2015".

Dr khalifa added: "During the 6th edition of the 'Muscle Tech network' Workshop, which will be held on 13th and 14th October 2014 in the -Auditorium 1899- of Barcelona Football Club Headquarter, Aspetar experts will share knowledge and latest global innovations as Medical centre of Excellence, showing their expertise focusing on research and prevention of hamstring injuries in line with our objectives to form a collaborative a relationships with Hospitals, Universities and research centres in sports science".

Commenting on Aspetar collaboration, Dr Hakim Chalabi, Assistant Director General for International Medical Affairs and Programmes & Centres of Excellence said: "We have noticed a remarkable rise in hamstring injuries during the past few years, and it's one of the most frequent injuries in sports. We will share Aspetar research and prevention knowledge across disciplines to innovate and improve treatments in a way that could benefit sports and all communities"


The two - Day workshop will be attended by worldwide renowned researchers, including Aspetar experts to analyse, explore and reveal, new ways to enhance cooperation between groups of hospitals and universities research centres.

In this context, Dr Cristiano Eirale, as Associate Executive Director of the National Sports Medicine Programme at Aspetar will give a lecture on "Epidemiology of hamstring injuries in Asian football: differences and similarities with Europe", while Dr Xavier Yanguas, Sports medicine specialist at the medical services FC Barcelona, will showcase the preventing programme in FC Barcelona.

The workshop will explore topical sports medicine updates covering the latest developments in sports medicine areas, varied by eight sessions: Epidemiology, Injury mechanisms, Risk factors, Intervention studies, Treatment and Return to play.

'Muscle Tech network' Congress is a communication and dissemination platform organised by the FC Barcelona Foundation, Aspetar and LEITAT Technological Centre supported by the Leo Messi Foundation.


About Aspetar:
Aspetar is a world leading specialised orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, and the first of its kind in the Middle East. Since 2007, the hospital has provided top-level comprehensive medical treatment to all athletes in a state-of-the-art facility that sets new standards internationally. In 2013, Aspetar became the first GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Sports Medicine Reference Centre in the Middle East. Aspetar is a member-organisation of Aspire Zone Foundation, Qatar's innovative sports and healthy lifestyle destination.

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