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Monaco to host 2011 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport

22 Jul 2010
Olympic News, Medical

The 2011 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport will be held in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, from 7 to 9 April 2011. The event is designed as a continuation of the 1st and 2nd World Congresses on Sports Injury in 2005 and 2008, but will be organised for the first time by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)  in collaboration with the Principality, and will also look beyond injuries by including the topic of prevention of other health problems associated with sports participation.

Multi-disciplinary approach

Recognised scientists and practitioners from the medical and sports worlds will review and discuss the latest developments, risk factors and prevention programmes and assess the need for further research into the prevention of athletes’ injuries and illnesses. The idea is to combine forces in order to identify and minimise risk factors in sport and maximise safe sports participation. The final programme reflects the multi-disciplinary approach and covers a wide range of topics, featuring as many as 94 inivited speakers for keynote lectures and symposia at the three-day Conference.

How to register

Learn more about the Conference and become part of it at The programme of abstract presentations, poster presentations and workshops is not yet finalised, and is open to all fields of prevention research. The submission deadline for abstracts and workshops is 15 September 2010.

Background information

Health risks are inherent to the practice of sport, and protecting the well-being of the athletes as best as possible is a key priority for the IOC. Through its Medical Commission, chaired by Professor Arne Ljungqvist, the IOC has intiated 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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