2nd Annual Sports Medicine Conference


Azzam Kamal
Head of Physiotherapy Department
Healthpoint Hospital, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

My professional career has influenced my drive to becoming a highly skilled and motivated physiotherapist. I have an abundance of experience in orthopedics and treating sports injuries, with a speciality in knee rehabilitation. My sports injury experience has been strengthened through working for the First team for Al Ain Football Club. Effective team work and excellent communication skills allow me to excel in managing the physiotherapy team.

I strive to work with evidence based practice and continually maintain up to date through current courses, seminars and conferences.

Carine Platat
Associate Professor
University, College of Food and Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Department - Al Ain, UAE

Dr Carine Platat has been working at the United Arab Emirates University, College of Food and Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Department since 2008. She has already conducted several research projects related to physical activity and exercise, health benefits of physical activity and the underlying mechanisms, design of physical activity assessment tools, lipid metabolism, interaction of physical activity with diet, metabolic syndrome and inflammatory state. She is now particularly working on oxidative stress and functional ingredients. She serves as member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Exercise Physiology. Her work was awarded by famous organizations and was published in international journals with good impact factor.

Dr. Dejan Javanovic
Medical Director & Sports Medicine Specialist /Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
MediCentres Polyclinic, Dubai

Dr. Dejan Jovanovic specializes in non-surgical Sports Medicine, multidisciplinary part of medicine with aim to prevent, treat and fully recover patients and sportsmen.

Sports Medicine is considered as preventive part of medicine, which has a primary role to keep athlete healthy, fit and to demonstrate his /her full sports potential. Many factors are contributing to this goal, but well organized, conducted and structured Sports medicine department is only proper way to achieve these targets in professional sport.

Dr. Dejan Jovanovic was a Team Doctor of Yugoslavian National Football team U-18 (1998-2000.); Team Doctor for professional volleyball team of Ministry of Interior Serbia (2000-2003.). He is Member of Sports Medicine Association of Serbia.

His presence in local sporting community started almost 12 years ago, working as a Head of Medical staff in Al Wahda Sports Club, Football Academy in Abu Dhabi from 2004 -2007.

Dr.Dejan was also engaged as a Team doctor of Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU) during professional events on Dubai Rugby Seven’s 2009 and 2010.

He was serving as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Al Wasl Football Company and Head of Medical Services for Al Wasl Football Club in Dubai from 2011-2013. Arabian Gulf League seasons.

During his extensive “on field” experience he had opportunity and pleasure to cooperate with prominent international sporting figures, such as:  Diego Maradona, Bruno Metsu, Gue Lacombe, Hector Cuper, Mariano Donda, Ricardo Oliveira, Lucas Neil, Nemanja Vidic, Branislav Ivanovic… as well as distinguished local representatives:  Mahdi Ali, Eid Bairouth, Rasheed Essa, Majed Nasser, Hamdan Khamali, Abdulla Al Shehi, Saeed Al-Kathiri...

Having in mind that Dr. Dejan spent most of his carrier in competitive sport, his special interest is diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sport related injuries of knee and ankle joint.
Dirk Laubscher
Head of Physiotherapy Department
, Medeor Hospital24x7 and Medeor Medical Centres, Abu Dhabi

I am a highly motivated and well respected Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapist and have been treating patients for the past 17years. I arrived in the UK in 2001, from  South Africa and specialised in the treatment of back, neck and sport injuries. I am passionate about seeing people healed and set free from the vicious cycle of pain and injury.

I have been the owner of The Back Clinic on Harley Street for over 10 years which has now been re-branded to Rejuv Physio and Nutrition. I have treated various A-Class celebrities actors and singers, West End musical actors, professional ballet dancers and and elite athletes.

I have a very practical and functional approach to pain and injury and focus on treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms, bringing about permanent results. I also write articles for Men’s Health and other top London magazines.

Being a past elite athlete myself, I understand the function of the body, supported by my manual therapy ‘Laubscher Technique’ and rehabilitation skills thus achieving  reproducible, reliable results for all musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr Reema Mohammed Qassim Alhosani
Specialist sports physician
GHQ of Abu-Dhabi Police

Dr Reema Alhosani, Specialist sports physician, MBBS (Faculty of medicine & health science in UAE), MSc (sports medicine, Nottingham University), PhD (sports medicine, Nottingham University), Head of medical Section in GHQ of Abu-Dhabi police, Deputy Chairperson medical committee in UAEFA.  Head of Medical Executive Committee (GHQ Abu-Dhabi police). Member of medical committee NOC. AFC medical and doping Officer.  Head of research committee (Abu-Dhabi medical service department). 

Interested in epidemiology studies and injury prevention.  Started sports medicine clinic in Abu-Dhabi police and starting now a project on medical fitness for recruits and pre-training evaluation.  Thesis was first in Middle East and gulf which covered training injuries in police academies and prevention intervention study implemented which is under publication now.   Additionally under publication: muscular injuries in professional league and two case studies.  Working with many parties and volunteer to improve sports medicine in UAE. 

Dr. Mohnish Singh Basur
Orthopedic Surgeon
Abeer Medical Group

Dr. Mohnish is an orthopaedic surgeon from India, having 6 years of experience in Trauma, Sports Injuries, Arthoscopy and Arthoplasty. His special fields of interest have been complex periarticular fractures, arthroscopies and joint reconstructions. He is determined to carry forward my work and hone my skills that will kindle and nurture my passion for work in the field of sports injuries and complex trauma.

He had served as a senior resident in the premier sports injury hospital in India after which he had completed his fellowship in joint reconstruction and sports injuries under Prof.TK. Kim in Seoul National University. Dr. Mohnishe has been selected as an international fellow at Espregueria Medez Sports Clinic, Porto Portugal which is the official Sports Injury Clinic for the players of FC Porto and FIFA centre of excellence.

Khaled Khalifa K. Dougman
Community Sports Coordinator
Abu Dhabi Sport Council

Educated at The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom where he acquired a further MSc by Research in Science, researching "physiological responses during exercise in hot environments, for normal and overweight adults" .This was shortly followed by the achievement of a PhD in Sport Science from University Putra Malaysia.  He intensely investigated the relationship of physical activity, coronary heart disease risk factors, and fitness level & body composition between adolescent students of different ethnicity.

He is also greatly interested in the area of physiological measurements and the health benefits of physical activity in schools and community settings. Dr Dougman worked as a Sport Science University Lecturer for more than 10 years, prior to moving to the UAE.  He provides education and evidence based practice, aiming to increase the awareness of sport & exercise as well as promote a healthy lifestyle to the community, in his current role at Abu Dhabi Sport Council. Dr Dougman is an external advisor for the Senior Design Project at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi and also an external consultant for the Challenge 22 Project at Khalifa University, which has been funded by Qatar Supreme Committee for FIFA 2022. 

Rania Elias
Senior Physiotherapist in musculoskeletal rehabilitation
Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation center

Rania Elias holds a Masters in Osteopathy and Manual therapy from Saint Joseph University (2008) and a bachelor of physiotherapy from Lebanese University (2006). Rania then pursued many academic and non-academic postgraduate courses to enrich her career to finally earn a Diploma in Physical Education from Cote d’Opale University, France – 2012. She’s also a member of the Order of Physiotherapists in Lebanon (OPL), The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), “Federation Internationle des Organisations de Physiotherapeutes Francophones” (FIOPF), and the Arab Confederation for Physical Therapy (ACPT) since 2006

She has over 10 years of clinical experience in treating patients with a multitude of various conditions.  She primarily worked in clinical type settings but have extensive experience with long-term rehabilitation cases. She moved to Dubai with her family in 2013 where she got her DHA License and joined Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center “DPRC” as a senior physiotherapist using her strong emphasis based on manual therapy and exercise prescription along with individualized treatment programs. Rania has since pursued and acquired new techniques such as Kinesio Taping through the Kinesio Taping Association International.

Rania is a strong believer in Hands-on therapeutic approach associated with intense patient motivation to achieve optimal healing.