the-tunisian-champion-habiba-ghribi-with-aspetar-physiotherapistTunisian long-distance runner, Habiba Ghribi, has been receiving treatment at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, after sustaining an injury in May.

Ghribi is widely known for winning a silver medal in the 3,000 steeplechase at the London Olympics in 2012 and is the first Tunisian female athlete to make such an achievement in the Olympics. Ghribi also won the silver medal in the World Championships in South Korea in 2011. She hopes to recover from all her injuries as soon as possible in order to compete in upcoming tournaments. Ghribi suffered from extreme knee pain before the World Athletic Championships, held earlier in Moscow between 10 and 18 August 2013 and was unable to take part in the event.

Ghribi said:

I underwent several medical examinations before the Moscow Championships and MRI scans showed that I wasn’t ready for the Moscow games. I’m suffering from excruciating pain in my knees which makes jumping and running extremely difficult. This injury put an end to any hopes I had for the World Championships in Moscow.’

The Tunisian champion started a rehabilitation programme in France which included fitness classes and swimming to strengthen her muscles and to shorten the recovery period. She says it was during rehabilitation that her personal doctor recommended Aspetar for its international reputation and world-class facilities. Ghribi said:

Several of my friends advised me to seek treatment in Aspetar and told me it is well respected for its sophisticated facilities and equipment, as well as its highly capable medical staff. I’m confident that I will be competing again very soon. I believe that Aspetar is the perfect destination for any recovering athlete and I am deeply touched by the care I received.’

However, although eager to return to the race tracks, Ghribi ruled out the possibility of competing in the upcoming Indoor World Championships in Poland, which takes place early next year. She said:

I don’t think I will be ready, but I hope I will be completely recovered for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.’

2Aspetar is a world leading specialised orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital and the first of this kind in the Middle East. Based in Doha, Qatar since 2007, the hospital has and continues to provide top-level comprehensive medical treatment to all athletes in a facility that sets new standards internationally. In 2009, Aspetar was officially accredited as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence (F-MARC). Aspetar is a member–organisation of Aspire Zone Foundation, Qatar’s innovative sports and healthy lifestyle destination.