ESMC kicks off in Dubai

The Emirates Sports Medicine Conference (ESMC) started at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) in Dubai with over 500 speakers and visitors from the UAE and around the world.

The ESMC opening ceremony was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, President of the Emirates Federation and Vice President of the Asian Bodybuilding Federation, H.E. Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Chairman of the UAE National Paralympic Committee, H.E. Abdullah Bin Suqat, Executive Director of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Medical Sciences Award, Ali Omar Al Balushi, Director of the Sports Development Department of the Dubai Sports Council, Dr Mariam Al Matrushi, President of the Dubai Police Athletes Council and member of the conference organising committee, as well as staff from sports federations, universities and medical institutions from the UAE and around the world.

Seven sessions and two seminars were held on the first day; each session featured several presentations and working papers. Doctors and professors from universities around the world and the UAE participated in these sessions, covering significant aspects of sport. The topic of the first session was football medicine, the second was sports performance of elite athletes, the third was shoulder injuries and muscle development and the fourth was mobility and elbow injuries. Six sessions on movement, muscles, injuries and the most effective ways of identifying and treating injuries were also part of Sunday’s second day’s discussions.

H.E. Syed Abdul Ghaffar Hussain, secretary general of the Directorate General of Sport, said: “The Directorate General of Sports is keen to collaborate and unite with its partners to develop all aspects of sports activities in the UAE, strengthening its regional and international position in the industry in line with the vision of our wise leadership. The Authority’s involvement with ESMC as a strategic partner to support the conference reflects its interest in sports medicine as one of the cornerstones of growth in the sports industry. The conference will promote the field of sports medicine, encourage all members of society to lead active lifestyles and improve athletes’ knowledge of their health, in line with the UAE’s initiatives and goals to improve the wellbeing and safety of the sports industry through injury prevention and medical research.

H.P. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, said: “The support of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the ESMC, confirms the support and concern for the sports medicine sector in the UAE, and it plays a crucial role in developing sports performance, keeping players high, ensuring they perform at their best for as long as possible and that in case of injury they can return to the playing field quickly.”

He continued: “The conference makes a national product that the UAE provides to this crucial sector globally. It is a platform that brings together elite speakers from various disciplines of sports medicine and rehabilitation from the UAE and several other countries with successful experiences. It attracts companies specialising in sports medicine and rehabilitation for athletes. It sheds light on sports medicine and the most effective methods applicable to athletes worldwide.”

He concluded: “We wish our UAE-based national staff to benefit from the two-day conference sessions and meet their specialist colleagues from various universities, medical centres and international hospitals and forge a two-way collaborative relationship that promotes the goals of the conference and the desired development of the sports sector, as well as the best use of human resources and enable them to give as much time as possible while maintaining a high level of physical performance.”

ESMC is organised by the Emirates Society of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and the Dubai Police Athletes Council with the support of the Emirates Clinical Nutrition Society. The conference secretariat is INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions Org. LLC, a member of the INDEX holding company.

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