Scientific research in Qatar is at the forefront and has made great strides in recent years.
The world of sports has changed significantly due to technological advances. The goal is to make better decisions in the care of athletes by leveraging sports medicine and scientific research. Aspetar is a medical center at the forefront of sports medicine, to which countless elite athletes turn: it is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading sports medicine research facilities.
Aspetar cares for elite athletes; it wants these athletes to feel at home,” says Dr. Jamal al Khanji. “And home for these athletes is a training center or a gym. If you walk into Aspetar you will find that it is more like a big gym or training center than a hospital. This is very important.”
Sports injuries are treated very differently today than they were a few decades ago. Assumptions have been replaced by scientific data. “Thirty years ago, when I started doing this work, our look was basically all we had to evaluate how athletes were moving, and to try to guess how different loads were being distributed through joints, muscles and ligaments,” says Dr. Rod Whitely. “We thought we were pretty good at doing that. Then came this revolution-which frankly I was skeptical about-involving measuring joint angles and examining the forces that were passing through the feet, as well as measuring muscle activity. And for me it was really a revelation.”
This revolution has allowed health care providers to customize rehabilitation programs, enabling high performers to return to action more quickly and safely. Since opening its doors in 2007 in the heart of Doha’s Sports City, Aspetar has treated some of the biggest names in sports, ensuring privacy and discretion.