Aspetar Reaffirms its Global Leadership in Sports Medicine and Science in 2022

Aspetar Reaffirms its Global Leadership in Sports Medicine and Science in 2022 By Aulia Silva - December 28, 2022
Aspetar Reaffirms its Global Leadership in Sports Medicine and Science in 2022

Aspetar Hospital

Aspetar, Orthopaedic, and Sports Medicine Hospital has positioned itself as a global leader in sports medicine after accomplishing exceptional achievements throughout 2022 assuming global leadership in various medical and scientific fields, excellence in research, and the development of first-of-its-kind treatment and surgical technics in the region.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the historic event, organized by Qatar concluded a full year of achievements for Aspetar as the facility provided comprehensive medical services to sports stars, led by a highly qualified medical staff, which was praised by the various participating countries and guests of FIFA.

Aspetar provided medical services to most of the local and international sports events held in Qatar throughout 2022, with FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 being the most prominent event. Aspetar was present in all sports competitions by providing medical care to all athletes in the country in a professional and distinctive manner, reflecting the hospital's leadership in the field of sports medicine and sports sciences.

Aspetar has provided medical care to more than 60 sporting events in various disciplines, including world tennis championships, swimming, gymnastics, fencing, equestrian, and volleyball in addition to the Qatar Stars League of which Aspetar is an official partner of the Federation.

Aspetar has extensive experience in managing major sporting events by providing medical care at a rate of 100 sporting events per year, including major sporting events hosted in Qatar. Aspetar's accumulated experience during its participation in international events over the past decade, and Aspetar's experts who have distinguished experience in providing the best health care in major sports gatherings, have contributed significantly to the success of sporting events in the country in cooperation with its partners locally and internationally.

Aspetar's services in the World Cup were characterized by three main parts. The first one was the conversion of the main hospital to a polyclinic to receive all requests, operating around the clock. Second was the use of Aspetar's medical staff, who work in clubs and sports federations in Qatar and as a part of the National Sports Medicine Program and provide their services in training centers as well as the hotels of participating delegations. The third part was the establishment of the recovery center which was specifically designed to anticipate the needs of athletes with short turnaround times in between each match.

This included the use of the latest recovery technology and spaces for treatment and active recovery for large groups.

During the World Cup, more than 160 athletes and patients benefited from Aspetar's services at least once at the Aspetar polyclinic dedicated to treating athletes, compared to 400 requests and medical consultations. The number of those treated on a daily basis reached 16 players participating in the tournament and about 30 requests per day during peak time of the tournament. More than 120 MRIs were completed across the tournament. Thanks to a new technology implemented, the medical teams of each player undergoing imaging received a digital audiovisual format of the radiology report which was also available in 5 different languages. This was the first time such a technology was used in a World Cup and in the region.

In terms of external services provided by Aspetar to the participating teams and delegations, 52 medical staff were seconded from Aspetar during the tournament, with an average of more than 2,000 hours of physiotherapy, medical, nursing and massage therapy provided at the request of six teams participating in the tournament.

During the tournament, 16 medical clinics were handed over to 16 visiting teams to be used during the World Cup, while More than 60 pieces of Aspetars equipment were loaned to training sites and hotels to support the visiting teams.

The Recovery Centre, dedicated to participating teams at Aspetar, was used more than 200 times by athletes during the tournament, with Australia and Morocco being the most users of the hospital facilities. Over 800 servings of fresh recovery drinks and sports nutrition functional items were dispensed from the Aspetar Sports Nutrition Corner to the team members to help with muscle recovery.

As for the scientific and research aspects, Aspetar, in cooperation with FIFA, conducted a research study on injuries and diseases during the World Cup, in addition to other research studies on brain and heart concussions to be used to make appropriate decisions in the upcoming world competitions. Aspetar's participation in the Qatar 2022 World Cup carried positive imprints in many respects by having a great medical legacy in the service of global sports.

Aspetar is one of the few medical and research centers in the world accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for athletes' health and injury prevention and now it has been extended for an additional four years. This is the second time Aspetar has got renewed its accreditation since it was first granted in 2014.

Aspetar is one of the rare hospitals in the world to be accredited by the world's largest sports bodies such as IOC and FIFA and the only one in the Middle East and North Africa region to receive this feat.


By Aulia Silva - December 28, 2022

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