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Call for Abstracts 

the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) Annual Scientific Conference, 9-11 February 2018

Abstract submissions for the ACSEP Annual Scientific Conference are now open.

Important dates:

3rd November 2017 - Deadline for abstract submission
24th November 2017 - Notification of  acceptance 
31st December 2017 - Author registration

1. Submission of abstracts

The ACSEP Conference Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract to be considered for oral or poster presentations within all fields of sports and exercise medicine. This years conference theme is ‘High Performance Medicine’.
 

2.  Abstract submission guidelines - oral and poster presentations

Please adhere to the following guidelines when preparing your abstract for oral or poster presentation:

  • Abstracts should include new information, however, abstracts presented at previous conferences may also be submitted. All authors must indicate if, when and where the presentation content has already been published and/or presented.
  • The abstract should include specific information about the results and conclusions of the research. Objective data MUST be included to enable a fair and meaningful assessment of your submission. Statements such as “results will be discussed” are not acceptable in research related. Please note that case studies and topic presentations will be accepted.
  • The abstract should have a clear connection to sports and exercise medicine and the conference theme. Please include two key learning points that a delegate can take away from the presentation.
  • The abstract must be submitted via email to the ACSEP National Office (nationaloffice@acsep.org.au) by the 3rd November 2017. You may indicate your preference when submitting the abstract online. All received abstracts will be acknowledged.
  • The Conference Program Committee will review all abstracts received by the 3rd November  2017 and make recommendations as to the type of presentation (oral or poster). 

3. Abstract assessment

The Conference Program Committee will assess and allocate papers to oral and poster sessions according to number of factors, including:

  • Is it ‘fit’ with the conference themes?
  • Is it an interesting new topic, innovative and have importance to the field and/or a popular topic from previous conferences?
  • Does the topic include international elements and is it of relevance to a broad range of Conference attendees?
  • Is there opportunity for audience engagement and participation?
  • Is the topic innovative and have importance for the field?

Please note that he Conference Program Committee reserve the right to specify the format via which the presentation is to be made. Please note that the number of oral presentations is limited.
 

4. Notification of acceptance

Corresponding author will be informed of the decision of the Conference Program Committee via email 24th November 2017. Please note that the final decision rests with the Conference Program Committee and the Committee reserve the right to specify the format via which the presentation is to be made.  
 

5. Themes for submission

Conference sessions will usually include a number of presentations along a shared theme with an opportunity for the discussion with the audience. Each podium presentation will be allocated 15 or 30 minutes in length, including time for audience questions immediately following the presentation. Authors must indicate which of the following ACSEP 2018 conference themes their abstract relates to.

  1. Management of acute and chronic pain in sports medicine
  2. The female athlete
  3. Interventions for thoracolumbar back pain
  4. Exercise is medicine - prevention and treatment of disease
  5. Exercise and physical activity promotion at the community level
  6. High performance sport - medical treatment and intervention programs
  7. Role of the Team Physician in high performance sport
  8. Assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injury
  9. Cultural competence – working with Indigenous and multicultural communities
     
6. General policies and requirements
  • All submissions must be completed in Word format and submitted to the National Office via nationaloffice@acsep.org.au
  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the abstract formatting guidelines provided below.
  • All authors must indicate if, when and where the presentation content has already been published and/or presented.
  • An abstract must provide an overview of the whole presentation. Objective data MUST be included to enable a fair and meaningful assessment of your submission. The abstract should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions that are not presented within the text. Statements such as “results will be discussed” are not acceptable in submitted abstracts
  • Submission of an abstract acknowledges the author’s consent to publication in the Conference program.
  • All presenting author MUST register and pay the registration fee on or before 31st December 2017 or their presentation will be removed from the programme. Please note that all costs, including registration, are at the authors own expense.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that may be submitted by an individual. However, splitting a body of work into multiple abstracts is discouraged and consolidation into one abstract is preferred.
     
7. Abstract formatting guidelines

The submitted abstracts will be reviewed for presentation and must be prepared in strict adherence to the instructions listed below:

  • Abstract should be clear and concise summary of the study and body must not exceed a 300 words or less (excluding title and author information).
  • It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the title, author names and affiliation details are correct and exactly as they should be published on the abstract and all conference materials.
  • The abstracts must have single line spacing, Calibri font size 11.
  • Tables or graphics may be included in the abstract body. All formatting is preserved (italics, bold, superscripting, subscripting, underlining) and symbol characters (i.e., ±, µ, ß) may be used.
  • Abstracts must be free from typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used for common terms. Otherwise, abbreviations should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word/s. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the full name/term is contained in the body of the abstract.
  • You will be asked to provide a short biography (up to 100 words) with your submission.