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SSP at QU marks Online Research Day | Qatar University

SSP at QU marks Online Research Day


Qatar University’s Sport Science Program’s (SSP) Research Day is an annual tradition that brings together faculty and undergraduate students to share recent research advances in the field of Sport Science.
It is an occasion for students to present their senior projects in a poster format and highlight the research activities of the SSP to a wider audience. Last year’s edition, 39 SSP senior students which included 21 female and 18 males, they presented their research projects on various topics in sport sciences.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s edition was held online. 25 Sport Science senior students presented their research projects on various topics, including Physical Activity, Clinical Exercise and Health, Sport and Elite Performance, and Sport Management. All poster presentations were assessed online by the Principal Instructors and Second Readers. A second round of assessment was performed by members Research Enabling and Outreach Committee (REOC), Chaired by Dr. Lina Majed, for the “Best Poster competition”

Commenting on this year’s edition, Dr Lina Majed said: “25 senior students have presented their graduation research projects online. While we were all a bit disappointed by the cancellation of our traditional SSP Research Day due to COVID-19, the research work presented by senior students was of an exceptional quality. I would like to congratulate each and every senior student for the successful completion of their research work in such circumstances”

Senior projects are organized to contribute to Sport Science Program Research pillars which are:

1- Physical Activity & Active Lifestyle: focuses on physical activity (PA) and active lifestyle in relation to health and well-being in Qatar. It aims to improve PA and fitness levels in children, adolescents and adults across Qatar. Preventive tools and intervention strategies are utilized to decrease non-communicable diseases, through reducing sedentary behavior and increasing PA and well-being. Among key project under this pillar is 'Qatar Active Healthy Kids Report Card' (QAHK-RC) that is part of the Global Alliance (AHKGA) with Aspetar being a key partner. The work aims to act as a national surveillance tool for several indicators of physical activity in children and youth.

2- Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation: composed of experts in clinical exercise physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics and psychology. It aims to translate advances in clinical exercise science for improved health and fitness among individuals with or at high risk of developing metabolic or cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, neuro-motor or functional impairments, or health complications in general. Among key partners are Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra Medicine, Biomedical Research Centre and Qatar Anti-Doping Lab.

3- Optimization of Sport & Exercise Performance: multidisciplinary research focuses on understanding and enhancing performance in sport and exercise for elite and recreational athletes. One of the objectives is to update coaching and sport medicine practices, and talent identification and development programs.

4- Sport, Culture & Society: a multidisciplinary research unit aiming to make sense of sport in the context of the MENA region considering global and local dynamics and power relation, as well as national and international sport systems. Among key partners are Josoor Institute (Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy), Qatar Olympic Academy (National Olympic Committee). Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2019 with EMLyon Business School to develop research collaboration in the domain of sport management and policy.

Amongst topics under “Sport, Culture, and Society”, students examined reforms and regulations of sport and leisure sectors in Qatar; branding and endorsement of Qatari Athletes; the development of sport in urban and semi-urban areas of Qatar; development of sport marketing strategy; social impact associated with hosting major sport events. Topics under “Sport, Physical Activity, and Health” included for instance associations between physical fitness, body mass index, body fat of children’s in Qatar primary schools; analysis of lifestyle factors in healthy university students in Qatar; relationship between physical activity adherence with intellectual and emotional burnout; Lifestyle and health characteristics of Qatari elderly; physical activity, anthropometry, and dietary habits of young male and female adults in Qatar.
Topics related to “Sport Performance” addressed for instance body composition, and performance in sport-specific field test in 10- to 12-year-old Qatari handball players. In relation to “Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation” we can cite effects of air conditioning use on the body fatigue, joints and muscle performance; systematic review for the last 10 years of studies related to the effects of workplace based high intensity interval training program on cardiorespiratory fitness and obesity management among women.
Winners of Best Poster for this year’s edition are:
Maryam Almejaba, Haya Al-Muhannadi, and Lolwa Alyafei for the poster entitled “Descriptive analysis of lifestyle factors in healthy university students in Qatar: Association with obesity” (Exercise and Fitness)
Abeer Alyamani for the poster entitled “Regulating informal leisure practices in Qatar: The case of Al Tataas” (Sport Management)
Dr. Mahfoud Amara, Associate Professor - Director of Sport Science Program concluded the event by saying: “This year’s research day came in an exceptional time due to COVID-19. This has not discouraged our students. I am impressed by the quality and diversity research topics and online presentations, as well as the capacity of all students in sport science program to adjust to distance learning. Thanks to the IT support provided by Qatar University. This would not be possible also without the continuous efforts of faculty in Sport Science Program, offering always their outmost best. Because Qatar deserves the best”.