IOC Injury and Illness Prevention Conference kicks off in Monaco
The 2011 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport was opened today by HSH Sovereign Prince Albert II in Monaco and Arne Ljungqvist, Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission. In the next three days, recognised scientists and practitioners from the medical and sports worlds will exchange views and present the newest findings in how to best protect the athletes’ health in sports training and competition.
The objective is to transfer academic knowledge to the field of play and thus minimise risk factors in sport and maximise safe sports participation. The scientific programme covers a wide range of topics, featuring as many as 94 invited speakers for keynote lectures and symposia at the three-day Conference.
Research for the benefit of the athletes
After the opening of the Conference, Arne Ljungqvist stated: “The health of the athletes clearly is one of the IOC’s top priorities. It is encouraging to see so many experts from all around the world coming together to share their latest insights in the field of injury and illness prevention in sport. During the last 10 years, we have witnessed a tremendous increase in this important field of research – with specialised groups being formed in several countries. Last year, the very best of these research centres were recognised by the IOC for their excellent and invaluable work. We have asked them to work together and gather more knowledge on sports injuries and prevention methods which should benefit all of us in our work.”
Learn more about the Conference at www.ioc-preventionconference.org.
Whilst there are many health benefits of sport, there is also an inherent risk of injuries, especially in high-level sport. Through its Medical Commission, 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.