The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s commitment to strengthen its position as amongst the leaders in world football in the domain of sport science and medicine marked a significant milestone today with the launch of the 7th AFC Medical Conference in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.
The Conference is hosted by the AFC, the Aspetar Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Hospital and the Qatar Football Association. Themed “Football and Sports Medicine – Celebrating Diversity”, it empowers participants to manage numerous football-related medical situations.
Opening the landmark three-day conference, the AFC General Secretary Datuk Seri Windsor John, said: “The AFC, through its Vision and Mission, has put the success of our players and teams, at the heart of all our efforts and the development of sports science and medicine and the well-being of our players are crucial to the success of Asian football.
“In recent times, we have seen greater focus placed on mental health and the use of big data and technology in strengthening the decision-making process. In essence, the latest trends further underline the need to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach in our efforts to ensure the best possible outcomes for our teams and players.
“This edition’s theme ‘Celebrating Diversity’ presents a timely opportunity to ensure that the AFC, along with the larger Asian football ecosystem, continues to be at the forefront of adopting the best medical practices.”
The event brings together close to 120 renowned sports medicine and science professionals from the AFC, FIFA, UEFA, CONMEBOL, Confederation of African Football, the International Olympic Committee and Aspetar eager to share their knowledge on 150 of the latest scientific medical advances with physicians, allied healthcare practitioners, nurses and pharmacists, among others.
Mr. Mohammed Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Aspetar Director General, said: “Aspetar has worked closely with the AFC with the intent of raising the bar from a global perspective, to illustrate the importance of research, football medicine expertise, and practices that will help support all football clubs to perform at the highest level.
“We hope that the expertise shared over these few days will even the playing field so that all participants can learn and apply evidence-based football medicine practices and research that the many distinguished scheduled speakers present.”
More than 600 delegates will learn more about sports science and medicine’s latest challenges, best practices and cutting-edge developments via keynote addresses, lectures, symposia, poster presentations and clinical workshops.
The Conference, endorsed by the United Kingdom’s British Journal of Sports Medicine for the first time, will also highlight the return of football after the COVID-19 pandemic and the game’s progress in terms of diversity and inclusion.
The 3rd AFC Medical Awards will be held in conjunction with the conference proper on March 5, to celebrate the efforts and contributions of medical professionals in pushing the game forward.