Muscat: The Oman Committee of Sports Medicine will organise the Oman International Sports Medicine Conference (OISMC) 2013 at Al-Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat from Tuesday.
Professors in sports medicine from South Africa, Sweden, Canada, India, Iran, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Oman will participate in the event.
Sheikh Rashad Bin Ahmed Al Hinai, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Sports Affairs, observed that OISMC 2013 aims to promote the study and development of sports medicine throughout Oman and to improve people's health through physical fitness and sports. The OISMC 2013 goals also include the study of the natural and pathological implications of physical training and the practice of sports and the organisation and/or sponsorship of international meetings, courses, congresses, and exhibits in the field of sports medicine.
"The main objective of this conference is to bring together various sports federations, clubs, and hospitals on a common platform to develop a coordinated approach to sports problems," Al Hinai said. "Moreover, the conference will address the importance of a preventive approach to sports injuries, initiate dialogue between the experts and other stakeholders in the field of sports medicine, address issues of common concern, and develop a practical strategy for the future," he added.
The three-day event will identify ways and means to enhance cooperation with national and international organisations in the field of sports medicine and other related fields. The conference will also cover the treatment of injuries, sports psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, and rehabilitation. The event includes an exhibition for pharmaceutical companies, showcasing the tools used in reconstructive surgeries to help athletes resume sports activities.
The conference includes a keynote address by Dr Masoud Al Riyami, OISMC 2013 Chairman, who will highlight the importance of the conference not only for Oman but also for the entire region. The conference provides an opportunity for young physicians, physiotherapists, and nurses to meet mentors and find ways and means of improving their capabilities in sports medicine and rehabilitation. Dr Al Riyami is a senior consultant for orthopaedic and sports medicine, a senior lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University, Chairman of the Oman National Sports Medicine Committee.