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02 Sep 2015
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2017 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport: Call for proposals

After the success of 2011 and 2014, the 5th edition of this premier international conference in sports and exercise medicine will return to Monaco from 16 to 18 March 2017. Ahead of this three-day event, the scientific committee is calling for speakers and programme proposals. Deadline for submission is 2 November 2015.

Safeguarding the athletes’ health in sports training and competition is the number-one priority for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its Medical and Scientific Commission. This Conference, organised every three years, brings together eminent international specialists in injury and illness prevention to collaborate and share the latest findings and views on how best to protect the athletes’ wellbeing on and off the field of play.

Programme proposals

Following the model of previous editions, and using a multidisciplinary approach, the programme will feature keynote lectures, debate sessions, abstract presentations and workshops. The event provides an exclusive opportunity for the world’s leading experts to meet face-to-face.

Further details of the programme and registration process will be available closer to the date on the website

However, the IOC is inviting those active in the field of sport science and medicine to contribute to the 2017 edition’s programme and submit proposals for keynote lectures, symposia, debates and workshops. Instructions on the format to follow when submitting proposals are available here. Proposals can then be submitted here until 2 November 2015.

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Athletes’ health at the heart of the IOC

Today, there is growing emphasis placed on the area of injury and illness prevention by the IOC, as well as by National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and national sporting bodies. With the creation of rehabilitation programmes, recovery camps and various preventative measures, the topic is central to sport and athletes’ wellbeing, making this Conference all the more crucial for the sporting world.

Over the last 10 years, there has also been a significant increase in research in this important field, with specialised groups being formed in several countries. Last year, the IOC recognised nine of the best of these research centres for their excellent and invaluable work. These IOC Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health will assist the IOC in researching, developing and implementing effective prevention and treatment for sports-related injuries and illnesses.

Learn more about the IOC Medical Commission 

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