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Sports Medicine in the Arab World

  • Mohamad Y. Fares
  • Hamza A. Salhab
  • Hussein H. Khachfe
  • Youssef Fares
  • Jawad FaresEmail author
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Abstract

The rise in popularity of sports worldwide has shed light on the importance of sports medicine on both individual and community-based levels. The increasing participation of Arab countries in global sporting events, the rise of talented Arab athletes worldwide, and the greater allocation of funds towards Arab sporting organizations have attracted many investors and promoters to the region. This helped establish better sporting facilities and enhance and promote athletic youth development. Nevertheless, sports medicine remains a young medical field in the Arab world. This is unfortunate, given the health problems facing Arab countries, evident by the prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity among its population. The Arab world is noticeably lagging when it comes to sports medicine research. The lack of research culture, deficiency of adequate funds, and the political turmoil embroiling the region are some of the reasons as to why this medical field is not developing properly. It is essential to solve these problems if we ought to remain up-to-date with the academic advancements achieved worldwide. Forging scientific collaborations, expanding research activities, and harboring political and regional stability are essential for the research culture to thrive and prosper in the Arab world.

Keywords

Sports medicine Exercise medicine Physical activity Arab world Research activity Sports research Orthopedics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamad Y. Fares
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hamza A. Salhab
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hussein H. Khachfe
    • 2
    • 3
  • Youssef Fares
    • 3
  • Jawad Fares
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life SciencesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgow, ScotlandUK
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon
  3. 3.Neuroscience Research Center, Faculty of MedicineLebanese UniversityBeirutLebanon
  4. 4.Department of Neurological SurgeryFeinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Irene Anne Jillson
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashington DCUSA

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