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medical seminar rasalkhaimah 3x2Ras Al Khaimah: Doctors of the participating teams and the hosts were informed about the concurring problems in sports medicine during a seminar on the sidelines of the AFC U-19 Championship being played at the UAE's Ras Al Kaihmah and Fujairah cities.

The seminar was organised by the Asian Football Confederation Medical Department in collaboration with the UAE Football Association.
Apart from team doctors, the physiotherapists and the team doctors of the UAE FA national team and club doctors and physiotherapist also attended the three-day seminar.

The faculty comprised of Chief Instructor Dato’ Dr. Gurcharan Singh, Dr. Ameer Ibrahim from Australia and Dr. Nisith Ranjan Chowdhury from India who are also appointed for the AFC U-19 Championship as Medical and Doping Control Officers. Invited speakers were Dr. Ghrairi Maroud – Team Doctor of Al Shabab Club of the UAE and Dr. Reema Al Hosani – Medical Officer of Abu Dhabi Police.

“It was a very instructive course where we got to pass on info we had in the Elite Education Seminar held in Kuala Lumpur early this year,” instructor Ameer Ibrahim told

“The seminar focused on three main concurring problems of football; injury prevention, football emergency medicine and doping control matters.

“Treatment for sudden cardiac arrest, updates on the doping procedures and info on the excessive heat are the challenges of sports medicine and these issues were highlighted during the seminar.

“The lesson on sudden cardiac arrest has been more relevant after Fabrice Muamba case in English Premier League as it gives hope to the doctors and send a message that if the treatment is proper and punctual, the death can be avoided,” he said.

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba recovered from the sudden cardiac arrest he suffered during the FA Cup match against Tottenham in March.

The seminar also focused on the injury prevention, football emergency medicine, doping control matters such as procedures, therapeutic use exemption (TUE) updates, supplementations.