Following the outstanding medical services provided by Aspetar during the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship, which was held in Doha from 15 January to 1 February 2015, the International Handball Federation (IHF) has invited Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital as to become The IHF Reference Centre for Athlete and Referee Health world wide.

The agreement was announced at a signing ceremony held at Lusail Multisports complex Media Centre, and was attended by Dr Hassan Mustafa, IHF President, and Dr Khalifa AlKuwari, Aspetar Director General, as well as other officials and sports personalities.

Aspetar, as the first sports medicine hospital in the world to be recognised by IHF, will work closely with both the federation and all international handball teams worldwide to provide clinical services and concepts for injury and illness prevention, as well as collaborate on research and education with unique sports science services associated with the handball family.

Aspetar made an impressive contribution to the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship by providing comprehensive sports medicine services to the world’s best players, simultaneously collaborating with the IHF Medical Committee to successfully organise the “Conference on New Sports Medicine Concepts in Handball”, which took place on 23 and 24 January, by offering a unique programme covering all medical aspects of the game.

In addition to conducting an Injury and Illness Surveillance Study during the championship, Aspetar also pioneered a project involving a detailed video analysis of all the games played during the championships using a bespoke product developed by Prozone™.

As a reference centre for handball players worldwide, Aspetar will continue to lead the development of sports medicine in handball, and will be appointed the official IHF partner to support the organisation of the second “Conference on New Sports Medicine Concepts in Handball” to be held during the 25th Men’s Handball World Championship 2017 in France.