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Dubai: A FIFA/AFC Football Emergency Medicine and Anti-doping Accreditation Course for the west region was recently held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The fifth edition of the course was jointly organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) and the UAE Football Association.

A total of 30 participants from nine AFC Member Associations from the west region attended the four-day course, which has benefited more than 150 medical doctors since its inception in 2013.

UAE Football Association President Marwan Ahmad Bin Ghalita, who attended the opening ceremony, encouraged the participants to apply the best practices of football medicine learnt at the course for the betterment of players’ healthcare.

UAE FA Medical Committee Chairman Dr. Mustafa Al Sayed Al Hashimi, who gave the opening remark, said: “The course discussed a variety of topics relating to emergency medicine both theoretically and practically, and I’d like to thank the AFC for bringing this course to the UAE, as football medicine is an important part of the strategic plan of UAE FA.”

Prof. Efraim Kramer of South Africa conducted sessions on how to approach emergency medicine conditions on the pitch from sudden cardiac arrest, head concussions and stadium mass gathering emergency planning with hands-on training during the first two days of the course.

Other areas focused on included anti-doping and sports science and medicine, with AFC Medical Committee Chairman Dato’ Dr. Gurcharan Singh, Lt. Col. Dr. Reema Al Hosani, Dr. Mourad Ghairi and Dr. George John being the presenters. Highlights were made on the importance of nutrition for football players and latest scientific evidence-based medicine. A practical training workshop on the processes of doping tests was also carried out.

Al Jazira SC team doctor Dr. Jaoa Pedro Araujo commented: “The course was well structured and up-to-date with the latest evidence-based and best medical practices.

“It will definitely help me deliver the best medical support to my players. It has also improved my capability and confidence to deal with any emergency situations.”

The next course in the pipeline will be the Football Emergency Medicine and Anti-Doping Accreditation Course for the East and ASEAN regions.

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