Dr. Mostafa El-Mouniry, a sports medicine consultant delivered a lecture at Bibliotheca Alexandria museum entitled “History of Sports Medicine” on Tuesday, September 10.
In his speech, he said that the sports’ medicine origins extend back to ancient times, as the ancient Egyptians were the first to practice medicine and sports, evidenced by their inscriptions on the ceilings of temples and tombs, as well as papyri records of their medical practices.
“Despite the Greek’s deep belief in the capabilities of “Hippocrates”, they considered “Imhotep,” the god of medicine,” El Mouniry noted, adding that with the advent of the old Olympic Games, the first doctor specialized in treating wrestlers appeared.
Even though, the Olympics had been halted for centuries by the Romans, Muslim doctors excelled in this branch of medicine, particularly, Ibn Sina, who explained the sports’ role in the treatment of diseases as well as the importance of nutrition science and vital functions of the human body.
Al-Mouniry added that during the Renaissance age, sports medicine was not limited to the sports injuries’ treatment, but also played a major role in the treatment of many diseases.
He pointed out that many of today’s sports were practiced by the ancient Egyptians in their daily life, and ceremonies, including; wrestling, boxing, fishing, riding, and running.
Contributed by: Nada Mustafa