Aspire Speakers Series by AZF and QF opens up the conversation about sport and mental health

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) recently launched a series of new lectures ‘Aspire Speakers Series’ focusing on the relationship between sport and mental health.

Providing a platform for ideas and discussions that attract sports experts from around the world, the opening event in the series – held in co-operation with Qatar Foundation – welcomed Dr John J. Ratey, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Spark – examined the links between sport and physical exercise, and our brains – with the discussion being moderated by beIN Sports presenter Andy Kerr and attracting more than 52,000 views.

In his talk, Dr Ratey referred to a story that occurred with a patient who was injured during his participation in a marathon, saying: “Treatment for a disorder not only with drugs , but also with exercise, is a great way to help patients treat all diseases and allow them to better focus toward a better life.”

Against the backdrop of Covid-19 , the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of people around the world has been placed in the spotlight. The Aspire Speakers Series has been launched to bring together thought leaders and promote social awareness of the connection between sport and mental wellbeing.

Details of the second episode in the Aspire Speakers Series will be announced shortly, and the public are being invited to participate in the conversation by asking questions directly to the speakers in this series via AZF’s social media platforms.

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