Posted on May 29, 2017

The Sport Science Program at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) organized on May 25 a ceremony to showcase the capstone projects of its third cohort of students for Spring 2017. Thirty (30) students showcased and presented their posters in front of an audience that included researchers from Aspetar and Aspire Zone, and Sport Science Program staff, as well as CAS faculty.

Student Taha Yassine Temlali presented “A literature review on the physiological responses to active video gaming (exergaming) in different age groups”. He highlighted the way to tackle sedentary behaviors and lack of exercise within a constraining environment. His research reviews current world trends where video gaming are wide-spread among young children, teenagers and adults. The study showed that encouraging different age groups to engage with “exergames” (video games based on active exercise tasks) could enhance their activity levels and increase their energy expenditure.

Student Noora Alawainati presented her research project on the “Factors that influence Qatar University female students’ participation in physical activity”. This study examined the reasons why female students from QU fail to participate in physical activity, and its outcomes can be used in future interventions to promote Qatari women’s physical activity. Additionally, student Noora Al-Siddiqi presented “The effect on statin intake on physical activity”. She highlighted that statin medications are widely used to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and have been shown to increase survival in cardiovascular patients. She noted that the downside of statin use is its association with various muscle symptoms, which may decrease physical activity.

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Student Maryam Al-Haroon discussed “The Effects of Different High Intensity and Continuous Exercise Programs on Enjoyment and Adherence: Implications for Exercise Interventions in Qatar”. She noted that in light of the prevalence of sedentary lifestyle, the increase of exercise to improve health and the decrease of risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases remain an important goal in Qatar. The study showed that identifying and providing possible exercise programs which are not only effective, but also perceived as enjoyable, can promote exercise participation and long-term adherence. The study compared the responses to three different exercise protocols, which depending on the outcome, may be used in future interventions to increase exercise participation in Qatar.

Student Ali Mostafa Hussein presented on the “Post Activation Potentiation Effect on 50m Swimming Sprint Performance After Warm-up”. He studied the effects of post activation potentiation (PAP) on a 50m swim performance enhancement, in a group of national swimmers. The study showed that PAP re-warm-up may not be a valuable tool to enhance performance in sprint events. However, exercises such as Pushup, Squat or Burpees may not be appropriate PAP stimuli on their own or the stimulus timing was not enough to enhance a PAP effect.

Last but not least, student Naeem Ahmed presented his research project entitled “Mega-sport Event Challenges Faced by Host Cities: A Case Study of Qatar 2022”. The study aimed to examine the challenges faced by Qatar being the host of the FIFA World Cup 2022. It was based on media content analysis of reports and documents related to Qatar and the World Cup projects. CAS Sport Science Program Director Dr Ruben Goebel praised the great effort of the graduating Sport Science students and their supervisors to accomplish a high-quality and multidisciplinary demonstration of 30 various research outcomes on physical activity and sports training, the decrease of the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, and performance enhancement in athletes, among many others.