Athol Thomson is a podiatrist and research scientist at Aspetar Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Hospital in Doha, Qatar. Originally from Australia he has also worked with elite sporting clubs and federations in the UK, Ireland, USA and now Qatar.

Recent research efforts have been directed at examining the effect AlterG treadmills have on muscle activity and plantar loading parameters during rehabilitation of injured athletes.

Currently completing his PhD through the University of Ulster here in Northern Ireland (he married a local girl) which explores the implications player-shoe and surface interaction have on injury and performance in elite football players. This has led to further research on 5th metatarsal stress fractures in players returning to sport.

Athol is leading a large prospective project examining player-shoe and surface interaction leading up to the 2022 soccer football world cup in Doha, Qatar with a primary aim of attempting to minimise the risk of severe knee injury.