Visit of prof. Pieter D’Hooghe to the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy – Visiting professor promotion at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade

On Friday, June 17th, 2022. CMO of Aspetar Clinic, Doha, Qatar, prof. Pieter D’Hooghe, visited the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy, accompanied by his wife Valerie. Dr. D’Hooghe, together with our great friend and benefactor, Prof. Nebojš Popović, met the members and associates of our Center, discussed the activities we carry out in the medical and scientific area, but also all the future ideas that are being prepared in our Center, selflessly offering his help and great experience. Many hours of conversation between members of the Center with prof. D’Hooghe and prof. Popović, have additionally strengthened a fruitful collaboration that has been developing for years between our Center and the Aspetar Clinic. Ideas and suggestions mentioned by prof. D’Hooghe, will greatly help the further professional and scientific development, above all of our youngest associates.

We would like to remind that prof. D’Hooghe is an orthopedic surgeon, specialized in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the ankle, member of the ISAKOS committee (Association for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Sports Orthopedics), where he leads an international group of medical experts in the field of arthroscopic sports orthopedics. He is also a former elite athlete and FIFA instructor, senior orthopedic consultant for 7 football teams of the Champions League in Europe, and since 2017 also for FC Red Star in Belgrade. He is the current CMO of the Aspetar Clinic for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Doha, Qatar, which is one of the most prestigious institutions of this type in the world.

That is why it is a great honor for all members of our team, that after visiting our Center, prof. D’Hooghe held an introductory lecture on the topic: “There’s no such thing as simple ankle sprain in elite Sports” and thereby was promoted to the Visiting professor of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. During the introductory lecture, prof. D’Hooghe shared his enormous experience in the field of treatment and prevention of ankle injuries with the numerous auditoria of the Dean’s Hall of the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade. This interactive lecture was accompanied by a very dynamic discussion, during which doctors from the fields of Sports Medicine, Orthopedics and Physical Medicine asked numerous questions and left this lecture knowing all the novelties in the area of ankle injury treatment.

We hope that in the near future, the Belgrade medical public will have more opportunities to learn from a great world-renowned expert like prof. D’Hooghe.

We are enormously thankful to you!

Department of Sports Medicine

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Just before the start of the World Cup in football, Doha, Qatar, 2022, the Professor in charge for the medical care of its participants will be a guest of our Faculty and Center

Introductory lecture by Prof. Dr. Pieter D’Hooghe, Chief Medical Officer of the Aspetar Clinic

On behalf of the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy, we would like to inform you that the CMO of the Aspetar Clinic in Doha, Qatar, Pieter D’Hooghe, will hold an introductory lecture titled “There’s no such thing as simple ankle sprain in elite Sports” in the Ceremonial Hall of the Medical Faculty in Belgrade, on Friday, June 17th, 2022. starting at 1 p.m. The occasion is the promotion of Dr. D’Hooghe to Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. We are pleased and honored that Dr. Pieter D’Hooghe accepted the invitation and agreed to become part of our professional and scientific team of foreign experts in the field of Sports Sciences. During many years of dedicated work and activities in the field of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Dr. D’Hooghe has achieved enormous success in the surgical treatment of knee, ankle, and foot injuries, specializing in an arthroscopic, minimally invasive surgical approach. Dr. D’Hooghe will selflessly share all his knowledge and skills during his stay in Serbia and his visit to the Faculty of Medicine and our Center.

A short biography: Prof. Dr. Pieter D’Hooghe grew up in Belgium, where he started his career and then continued his medical education in several European medical centers. He has completed the specialization in Orthopedic surgery at the University Hospital Leuven in Belgium, after which he was employed as an associate at the University Hospital in Amsterdam, side by side with Dr. Niek van Dijk, where he specialized in minimally invasive sports traumatology of the lower extremities. He also worked at the AZ Delta Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Roeselare, Belgium, and as the director of the FIFA F-MARC Flemish Surgical Center of Excellence, where he has treated many elite athletes from Belgium and all over the world.

In addition to his medical career, Dr. D’Hooghe also had an extremely successful academic career. He has already completed three master’s academic programs in the field of Sports Medicine, Tropical Medicine, and Medical Management. He has attended and completed his doctoral studies in the field of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical Faculty in Liège. Professor D’Hooghe has published over 150 publications, of which 82 papers in total in journals on the SCI list, cited 609 times. According to the Scopus database, the H index is 14. He is also the editor of 8 textbooks on sports injuries of the lower extremities and the author of more than 40 chapters in various books and textbooks. He is a member of the editorial board and a reviewer in several journals: Journal of Science and Medicine in Football, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), and Assistant Editor of the Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal. As a member of the F-MARC (Football Medical Assessment and Research Center) board, he has been an author or contributor to over 400 F-MARC publications since 2010.

He is also passing all his knowledge, skills, and experience to the young medical students at Weil Cornel University, where he is engaged as a lecturer in the Department of Surgery. Dr. D’Hooghe is also the President of the ISAKOS Committee (International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine), where he leads an international group of medical experts in the field of arthroscopic sports orthopedics. He is the current president of the working group for young researchers of this association.

In addition to education and scientific research, Prof. D’Hooghe is also a former elite athlete and FIFA instructor. He has been hired as a senior orthopedic consultant for 7 Champions League football teams in Europe, and since 2017 in FC Red Star Belgrade, 1 team in the USA, and 4 teams in Asia. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of the Aspetar Hospital for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Doha, Qatar, which is one of the most prestigious institutions of this type in the world.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Sports Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, with the help of Visiting Professor of our Department, Dr. Nebojsa Popovic, have organized the Belgrade Sports Medicine E Forum, in which Prof. Dr. Pieter D’Hooghe gave a very notable lecture entitled: Ankle injuries in athletes. We hope that together we will welcome and host Prof. Dr. Pieter D’Hooghe.

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Promotion of the book by Prof. Dr. Nebojša Popović “Champion’s Journey”

Dear companions, associates, colleagues and friends,

It is a great pleasure to announce that, immediately after the visit to our Center, our donor, Prof. Dr. Nebojša Popović published another of his great and capital works, the book “Champion’s Journey”. We hope that in the near future this book will find its way to the shelves of our library and become the constant reminder that focus, strength, and sportsmanship can bring great success to each and one of us.

Through the lines and pages of this unique book, Professor Popović has presented his sports and medical challenges, battles, and victories, showing how two professional loves, medicine and sports, can create a magnificent and long-lasting career together.

It is a great honor for us that our great friend, Visiting Professor, Mentor, and Olympic Champion, shared with the professional audience the great importance that Sport, Orthopedics, and Sports Medicine have in his life and we hope it will inspire our young associates to follow the path he has trodden. The basic motive is that love, dedication, and work lead to the realization of all our desires and plans. And that the period of creating and enjoying creativity lasts a lifetime for sports and medical champions.

We hope to see the pages of this magnificent work together soon within the walls of our Center.

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Visit of Prof. Dr. Nebojsa Popovic and his wife Mrs. Branka Popović to the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy

After a two-year break due to the COVID pandemic, one of the world’s greatest experts in the field of Sports Orthopedics, winner of the Olympic gold medal, Visiting Professor of the Medical Faculty in Belgrade, our friend and donor, Prof. Dr. Nebojsa Popovic, together with his wife Branka, visited the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy, during a short visit to Belgrade, and spent a pleasant afternoon in the conversation with members and associates of the Center.

Even during the pandemic, we were in contact with our Prof. Dr. Nebojsa Popovic, who has, together with his colleagues, designed the Belgrade Sports Medicine E Forum (link). It was an international webinar, (recorded material can be found on the website of our faculty) organized at a time when the largest part of the world’s population was in quarantine. During the webinar, world experts in the field of Sports Medicine shared their knowledge, experiences, research results, and current recommendations related to Sports Medicine examinations, screenings, diagnostics, and conservative and surgical treatment of sports injuries with a wide audience in Serbia and abroad. In the discussions that followed each lecture, we haven’t only exchanged our opinions and perspectives, but also have received encouragement and hope that we will soon use all that new knowledge in practice and that the pandemic will end up quickly. Prof. Popovic has organized another important webinar – Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection Online Forum Series within the Apsetar Clinic in Doha, Qatar. We also used the visit to our Center to discuss some new ideas for future cooperation and joint projects. Once again, we emphasized the theoretical and practical significance of the sports medicine textbook “Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection”, which was written by more than 300 authors, world experts in the field of Sports Medicine under the “roof” of the Aspetar Clinic, with Professor Popović as editor-in-chief. By the way, this textbook is also present in our laboratory and is an irreplaceable material for preparing for a board exam in Sports Medicine. Prof. Popović has also announced the release of his new book “Champion way” in the following weeks. We hope that this book will also become a part of our official library.

We have also shown to Professor our new equipment for physical therapy and determination of postural status and introduced him to the results of the research we conducted using this equipment. The professor enjoyed in the conversation with the “old” members of our team, but also with the new associates of the Institute of Medical Physiology, Dr. Milica Zeković, Dr. Jovana Maričić, and Dr. Aleksandra Marković, who are just beginning their professional and scientific careers in the field of physiology of physical effort, as teaching associates at the Institute of Medical Physiology.

A visit to the Olympic Committee of Serbia is also planned in the following days, during which Prof. Popović will meet with the president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, Božidar Maljković, as well as the president of the Health Commission of the OK, Prof. Dr. Dragan Radovanovic.

The next meeting with Prof. Popovic is planned for the time of the preparticipation physical evaluation of FC Partizan, when our guest will also be Dr. Peter O’Hodge, CMO of the Aspetar Clinic. We hope that with the support of our colleagues and friends, especially Prof. Dr. Popović, we’ll be able to maintain the positive reputation that the Department of Sports Medicine of the University of Belgrade enjoys at the European and world level.

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C4H – Connected 4 Health

CONTEXT
Global obesity levels have been on the rise over the past 3 decades.

There is often a stigma attached to obesity, especially in the modern thin-obsessed culture, which challenges adolescents to make friends and thus benefit from social support.

Severebody image dissatisfaction and body weight and shape preoccupation are the most robust predictors of the development of eating disorders.

Eating disorders can affect individuals from different age groups, the average age of onset being during adolescence.

TARGET GROUPS
The project is addressed to:

  • Lecturers/trainers in nutrition/dieteticsand diabetology, psychotherapy, medical communication, physiotherapy, pediatrics, etc.;
  • Residents in different specializations with an interest in patient nutrition issues(medicine, dietetics/nutrition, nursing, kinesiology), registered nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in nutrition, physiotherapy, counselling;
  • Master students and students in clinical years.
AIMS
The purposes of C4H project is:

  • Provide lecturers/ trainers in universities with skills, knowledge, methods and tools to explore and address teaching/training obesity and EDs trough a trans-disciplinary, integrated approach;
  • Help residents and students to consolidate their knowledge and skills in approaching patients with obesity and eating disorders;
  • Support specialists in different medical fields to acquire new trans-disciplinary knowledge and skills to deal with such patients.
EXPECTED RESULTS
For the purpose the project will develop and make accessible:

  • PR1: HANDBOOK – Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Obesity and Eating Disorders,
  • PR2: SYLLABUS OF SEMINAR – Multidisciplinary Approach to Young People with Obesity and Eating Disorders,
  • PR3: TRAINING PACKAGE – Effective management of young patients with obesity and eating disorders.
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Training of the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy members within the campaign “Life is in your hands”

The spirit of the upcoming New Year’s and Christmas holidays fails to slow down the work and activities of members and associates of the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy. As part of the “Life is in Your Hands” campaign, members of the Center together with specialists in Sports Medicine and Ph.D. students in the module of doctoral academic studies Applied Research in Sports Medicine and Motor Skills attended the second training course to obtain an instructor certificate in the field of training the sports experts in the first aid in a situation of sudden cardiac arrest. This course was organized on Saturday, December 25th, 2021. in the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy, at the Institute of Medical Physiology, Medical Faculty in Belgrade.

The campaign “Life is in your hands” is organized by the Olympic Committee of Serbia and the Serbian Red Cross under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. This campaign aims to train athletes and sports professionals (coaches and physiotherapists) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation measures and the use of external automated defibrillators. It is planned that the campaign includes as many sports federations and sports associations throughout the Republic of Serbia. The support of elite athletes who recorded promotional material also speaks of the importance of the campaign. In addition to members of the Serbian Red Cross, the training will be conducted by trained doctors – instructors of various specialties (specialists in Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine, etc.), as well as our doctoral students.

All participants in the training were greeted by the President of the Serbian Red Cross, Prof. Dr. Dragan Radovanović, also a doctor of the Olympic Committee of Serbia. In his interview for several media houses, which followed this education, prof. Dr. Radovanović emphasized the importance of conducting this campaign in order to prevent sudden cardiac death on the sports field and training as many direct participants in sports who are directly present on the field. Only the joint activities of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, the Olympic Committee of Serbia, and the Serbian Red Cross will provide adequate education for doctors and sports experts who are on the front line of reaction to all sports events.

We are glad that the long-standing cooperation that exists between the members of the Center for Sports Medicine and Exercise Therapy and the Serbian Red Cross continues within large projects such as the “Life is in Your Hands” campaign. We plan to organize a few more courses like this in the future. Only through joint teamwork will we be able to create a safe environment for athletes, sports experts, and their loyal followers and fans.

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