“The 2011 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport” was a great success.
It’s like that sometimes, when something is fun and interesting, you just don’t want it to end.
Close to a thousand top international scientists met up in Monaco to present their research and/or to take part in the work of their fellows.
With the conference now being over, everyone will go home with a renewed inspiration for the continuing work in their field. You’d have to have missed a significant part of the programme not to have picked up any new (and good (?)) ideas.
Most constructive yet
940 scientists, doctors and physiotherapists from no less than 85 different countries from all over the world attended the conference in the Grimaldi Forum (situated by the sea in the Monte Carlo part of town in Monaco).
The three day programme included five keynote lectures, 21 symposia, 39 workshops and 64 oral presentations.
According to a press release on the IOC website the conference i described as “the most constructive yet for researchers in the field”.
– Without fit and healthy athletes there would not be any exciting Olympic Games, said Professor Ljungqvist, chairman of the IOC Medical Commission.
– They are our most cherished assets. It is, therefore, a top priority for the IOC to keep the athletes as healthy and as fit as possible.
Wide range of topics
The programmes had a great professional width, and the quality was high.
Everything from topics as sudden cardiac arrest (and –death) and use of helmets in sports attracted a large number of delegates.
How to combine research methods and approaches to ensure more valid scientific data also drew a sizeable crowd.
Not to forget, how to turn research, and the results from it, in to practical use in different sports worldwide was a vital topic on the last day of the conference.
Many pointed out that we are starting to reap the fruits of this labour, though there still a lot of work to do.
Clear convictions colliding
Fruitful panel debates with at times challenging questions from the audience will be remembered by those who were present.
The (coffee and lunch) breaks in the programme were used by many for professional debate. Strong personalities could be observed in heated discussions. All in a friendly manor, and for the greater good of their field, of course.
Memories for life
Monaco is something quite out of the ordinary, and pretty different from everyday life (for most).
You’ve got the casinos of course, the expensive sports cars as well. The traffic sounds different down there.
The streets are so clean that when you walk around Monaco you can hear your shoes squeak like if playing a game on basketball flooring...
So, even if some clichés are true, “conference Monaco” was very pleasant these early days of April. Nice lunches in the Grimaldi Forums Hall Diaghilev facilitated good scientific discussions across borders, both professional and geographical.
The highlight of the social events was obviously the gala dinner at the grand Salle des Etoiles, with SHS Prince Albert II being the natural focal point.
Delegates dressed in their best evening wear got treated to a delicious three course dinner in a dreamlike location close to the waterfront of the Mediterranean.
A rock steady crew of musicians filled up the dance floor doing a series of well-known classics and hits across genres and time periods – the atmosphere couldn’t be better!
Going back home from “The 2011 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport” you were marked for life.