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The changing roles of sports medicine professionals

Thirty sports doctors, from different Asian and European clubs, exchange ideas at a workshop in Aspetar.
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FIFA Medical Committee President Dr Michel D’hooghe speaks during the conference. Photo: Aspetar Media

The inaugural Asian & European Champions League team doctors’ workshop, organised by Qatar’s orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital Aspetar, concluded recently.

The unique event, which brought together senior medical professionals from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation, provided participants with an opportunity to learn more about medical procedures through practical sessions and real-life examples.

The two-day workshop held discussions on a wide range of topics, including opportunities and challenges faced by medical staff to improve the results of football clubs.

FIFA Medical Committee President Dr Michel D’hooghe said the role of doctors in football teams had undergone a vast evolutionary process.

“Individual team doctors from 20 to 30 years ago no longer exists. Now, instead of an individual, there’s a team of different sports medicine specialists and paramedics employed by each team. Just like football, providing medical guidance has also become a team game,” he said.

Thirty medical professionals, from Asian and European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Liverpool, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, Kashima Antlers, Persepolis, Al Sadd, Al Rayyan, Duhail and Al Gharafa, attended the workshop.