17 May 2017
Dr Lisa Elkington
In March, the IOC held its Injury and Illness Prevention Conference in Monte Carlo. Australia was well represented at the conference with around 15 ACSEP Fellows, sports physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and sports science researchers. ACSEP Fellows Michael Makdissi, Mark Fulcher, Chris Milne and Steve Targett, gave excellent presentations in the symposium program, as did Geoff Verrall and Martin Raftery in the workshops.
The main take home message for me was that whilst injury prevention programs can be very effective, the challenge now is to increase compliance in the implementation phase for target populations. This seems to be the key to translating research findings into real world results outside the lab. As an example, Kristian Thorborg presented the results of a survey of Nordic medical staff working in the highest level football clubs in Scandinavian countries, where there was only 11% compliance in implementation of Nordic programs for hamstring injury prevention.
One of the highlights was the final keynote from Professor Jon Drezner, who led the latest International Criteria for ECG Interpretation in Athletes Consensus Statement. Jon discussed the challenges of interpreting the sports cardiology literature to date - including the pitfalls of misinformation and confirmation bias and the importance of critical reasoning in clinical decision making; the ethics of cardiac screening; and encouraged the scientific community to collaborate to form evidence based, clinically focused consensus statements.
A few other key messages for me were:
The IOC Conference was a fantastic opportunity to hear the latest SEM from our clinical and research colleagues around the globe. Being able to meet and chat (often over a glass of wine) with individuals who are absolute leaders in the field was an extraordinary opportunity and another highlight. I look forward to seeing more Aussie colleagues at the 2020 conference.