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Healthpoint & Manchester City Football Club team up to advance sports medicine care in Abu Dhabi

Healthpoint, a Mubadala company, is proud to join Manchester City FC’s global network of sports medicine providers in a three year partnership that will see them serve as the Barclays Premier League Champion’s regional healthcare partner.

24 November 2014
Healthpoint & Manchester City Football Club team up to advance sports medicine care in Abu Dhabi

Based in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint is a leading centre for sports-related injury, prevention and rehabilitation, boasting the Emirate’s largest physiotherapy centre and numerous rehabilitation techniques and technologies introduced for the first time in the region.

As part of the agreement, an annual internship will be offered to a Healthpoint sports medicine professional to train alongside City’s medical team in Manchester.

Additionally, Healthpoint and Manchester City FC medical staff will work together and co-host seminars to share best practices for treating athletes in sports medicine.

These activities are aimed at facilitating knowledge sharing between the two organizations and elevating the quality of care offered to athletes and others suffering from sports injuries throughout the UAE community.

Dr. Ihsan Al Marzouqi, Board Member of Healthpoint stated “The collaboration between Healthpoint and Manchester City FC is exemplary of our strategy to partner with top international organizations to address local healthcare needs and bolster local capacity. We are delighted to partner with the medical team at Manchester City FC to further address the need for world-class orthopedic, spine and sports medicine care in the UAE.”

Manchester City FC’s Chief Business Officer, Tom Glick, also shared his enthusiasm for the partnership, saying: “Healthpoint’s reputation for providing the highest standard of clinical and technologically advanced medical care is second to none within the Middle East. Healthpoint is building a world-class operation and a centre of excellence in sports medicine that will undoubtedly add value to City’s global network of medical professionals. We look forward to working to together in partnership over the coming seasons.

Team Captain Vincent Kompany, along with Joe Hart, David Silva and Martin Demichelis, visited Healthpoint’s cutting-edge facility in the spring as part of Manchester City FC’s postseason tour in the UAE. The players were given a guided tour of the facility by the medical leadership team, where they explored Healthpoint’s orthopedic, spine care and physiotherapy centres.

At the helm of Healthpoint’s sports medicine team is Medical Director, Dr. Nader Darwich, whose expertise includes arthroscopic surgery, knee ligament reconstruction and treatment of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Regarding the partnership’s ability to advance UAE-based capacity, he said, “This exciting partnership brings together two champions in our respective fields to enhance Abu Dhabi’s expertise in sports medicine delivery. We welcome the opportunity to develop further our practice of evidence-based medicine, supported by cutting-edge technologies.”

Head of Sports Medicine – First Team at Manchester City FC, Max Sala, also added: “We’re extremely excited to welcome Healthpoint’s skilled team to Manchester in order to share best practices and learn from each other’s expertise over the coming years.”