(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Sport Science Programme (SSP) at Qatar University's (QU) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has held a symposium titled ‘School Sport:
The event aimed to provide an opportunity for academic researchers and experts in the field to share their knowledge and experience on topics such as the importance of school sport in enhancing physical activity and healthy lifestyles as well as the correlation of well-being and academic performance, QU said in a statement.
The symposium's agenda featured a wide range of topics, including ‘Results from Qatar's 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth', presented by researcher Suzan al-Sayegh, Aspetar; ‘Levels of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in QU Community', presented by Dr Lina Majed, assistant professor at CAS; ‘Physical Fitness and Physical Self-Concept of Male and Female Young Adults in Qatar', presented by Dr Bryna Chrismas, assistant professor at CAS; ‘Use of School-based High-intensity Interval Training to Improve Adolescents' Health and Fitness', presented by researcher Dr Kathryn Weston, Qatar Metabolic Institute, Hamad Medical Corporation; and ‘A Skill Theme Approach Teaching for Physical Activity in Schools', presented by Dr Ferman Konukman, assistant professor, SSP.
The second session involved a presentation on ‘Physical Activity and Health', by Dr Abdelhamid Kerkadi, associate professor, Human Nutrition Department at CAS, followed by Anthony Hazeldine, head of the National Talent Identification Programme who presented on ‘Aspire Talent Identification Programme in Schools in Qatar'.
Dr Mahfoud Amara, director of QU's Sport Science Programme, said: 'The results of the effect of physical inactivity on population health should be an incentive for better and cohesive interventions of sport science and health community in the country. Increasing the level and diversity of physical activity in schools is crucial.
'To date, 18.8% of Qatari boys and 15.5% of Qatari girls below the age of 20 years are obese and these figures are still rising. Moreover, the latest Qatar Active Healthy Kids Report Card (2019) shows that only 25% of children meet the physical activity guidelines for health, while the large majority is still considered inactive. Developing sport practice at a grassroots level has the same importance as developing a strong baseline for elite sport in Qatar.