DILI (15 March 2011) – Playing in major football tournaments during the fasting month or Ramadan will be one of the mostly discussed topics in the 4th AFC Conference 2011 on Science and Football Medicine on 18-20 March 2011 in Kuala Lumpur.
Prof. Ron Maughan from Loughborough University’s School of Sport in the United Kingdom will delve into the issue in his symposium presentation entitled ‘Ramadan and Football: Nutritional Challenges and Opportunities’.
Another symposium paper on the issue will be entitled ‘Training, Sleep and Dietary Patterns of Malaysian National Muslim Footballers During Ramadan Fasting’ presented by Prof. Rabindarjeet Singh from the Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Defence Health at the National Defence University of Malaysia Brig. Gen. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Zin Bidin will also touch on the matter with his paper called ‘Fasting, Soldiering and Football’.
Mirza Abdul Latif, the Strength and Conditioning Coach of Balestier Khalsa Football Club of Singapore, will also contribute to the discussion of the topic with his poster presentation entitled ‘The Impact of Ramadan Fasting on Sub-Maximal Running Performance of Professional Football Players’.
The prevention of sudden cardiac deaths through pre-competition medical assessments, playing football in the heat, age determination of players, new strategies in the fight against doping as well as fasting and playing are among the highlight topics of the world-renowned conference.