Registration opens for the 2014 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport

03 May 2013
IOC News

The IOC has launched the registration process for its next World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, which will take place from 10 to 12 April 2014 in Monaco. The event will be next year’s premier international conference for those interested in clinical aspects of sports and exercise medicine; and more than 120 of the world’s leading experts will present their work to an international audience of physicians, therapists, scientists and coaches.

The speakers will provide evidence-based information on how to prevent injuries and other health problems in sport. This includes a multidisciplinary perspective on epidemiology, risk factors, pathophysiology and injury mechanisms.

Save your place now and register here

One of many highlights promises to be the opening lecture by the dynamic pairing of Prof Dohmnall Macauley and Prof Karim Khan, BMJ/BJSM editors. Other keynote speakers and topics include Paul McCrory on concussion, 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.

Click here to read the second announcement, which contains the detailed scientific programme with speakers

IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “After a first successful edition held in Monaco in 2011, the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport is more than ever the ideal platform for a thorough and constructive exchange of views, taking into consideration the latest research on illnesses and injuries in sport.” He added: “Through such a Conference, our objective remains to take concrete measures to implement new and improved injury prevention strategies, and thus maximise safe sports participation for high-level and recreational athletes alike.”

Learn more about the Conference on the official website

Last call for registrations for the IOC Advanced Team Physician Course

A few places are still available for this year’s edition of the IOC Advanced Team Physician Course which will take place from 22 to 24 May 2013 in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden.  Organised by the IOC in collaboration with the world’s leading experts in the field of sports medicine, the course is geared towards the practical issues of working with high-level athletes in a team sports setting. Thirty high-level speakers will present case studies during plenary lectures, panel discussions and working groups.

The course will present new evidence on diagnosis and treatment and address topics such as overuse injuries; prevention of recurrent injuries; concussion; knee, hip and shoulder injuries; paediatric  training and cardiology and health protection.
Places are limited and open to team physicians as well as to a limited number of experienced sports physical therapists. Sign up now and learn more at

Background information

Health risks are inherent to the practice of sport, and protecting the wellbeing of the athletes is a key priority for the IOC. Through its Medical Commission, chaired by Professor Arne Ljungqvist, the IOC has initiated and supported research on various topics related to athletes’ health, with the ultimate goal of improving injury and illness prevention. The IOC also records and analyses all athlete injuries and illnesses that occur in competition and/or training at the Olympic Games to gain further knowledge about the effectiveness and weaknesses of existing programmes.

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