2014 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport - Information for the Media

The IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport will be held from 10 to 12 April 2014 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Bringing together team physicians and medical science and sports experts from across the world, the Conference will explore risk factors, mechanisms and effective prevention strategies to ensure that athletes remain fit and healthy in and out of competition.

With over 120 international sports and medical experts lined up as speakers, the three-day Conference will feature: 

· Five keynote lectures, including a debate on whether sport injury and illness research has delivered concrete results, the role of evidence-based concussion prevention, and the evolution of footwear and sports equipment in improving performance and reducing injuries;

· 24 symposia addressing a range of topics from prevention of heart-related problems in athletes to the exploration of innovative field-based injury screening;

· 86 workshops; and

· 73 abstract presentations.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the objective of the Conference is to transfer academic knowledge on injury- and illness-prevention strategies to the field of play in order to minimise the risk factors in sports participation and maximise safety for high-level and recreational athletes alike.  

One of many highlights promises to be the opening lecture by the dynamic pairing of Prof. Dohmnall Macauley and Prof. Karim Khan, editors of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). Other keynote speakers include Paul McCrory (on concussions), Benno Nigg (on running injuries), Evert Verhagen (on how digital and mobile platforms will influence athlete care), Andrew McIntosh (on technology and equipment in sport), Juan Manuel Alonso (on hamstring injury prevention) and Caroline Finch (on injury surveillance and rule changes).

Please click here for the full programme and list of keynote speakers, and note that all times are subject to change. All sessions will be open to the media.


There is no registration fee for media wishing to cover the event. To request your media accreditation for the 2014 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, please contact:

Mrs Denise Davide
Direct: +377 97 97 36 00
Fax: +377 97 97 35 50


The three-day event will take place at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco:

10, Avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

For further information about the venue, please click here.  


Media are requested to make their own booking. Please click here to view the list of hotels.

For further information regarding this Conference, please consult the Conference website at: www.ioc-preventionconference.org


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