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STMS On The Move

Monte Carlo, Monaco was host to the 2014 IOC (International Olympic Committee) World Congress on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport. This conference in April was host to many hundreds of attendees from all across the world, and over 120 of the World’s leading experts in Sports Medicine presenting in a variety of topics and research areas. The conference included >120 symposia, breakout sessions, workshops, and keynote presentations. The chair of the scientific committee was Roald Bahr, MD, PhD Professor Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center & Norwegian Olympic Training Center, Oslo, Norway & Aspetar Orthopaedic & Sports, and Fredrik S. Bendiskon, MD was chair, organizing committee. The Congress was opened with a visit from the Prince of Monaco, and continued with an opening reception that allowed for many participants to reconnect with people throughout the world. The Scientific sessions were then opened with a vigorous debate on whether sports medicine research has really delivered by Karim Khan, MD, editor of British Journal of Sports Medicine. Countless helpful symposia including concussions, use of social media in sports medicine, the latest on hamstring and adductor injuries, and the young athlete. An IOC Celebration night including a roof top reception, overlooking the ocean, and attended by hundreds, including the Prince of Monaco and a fireworks display. It was only fitting that the conclusion of the Congress coincided with the beginning of the ATP World Tour Monte Carlo Masters event with an extraordinary scenic view.

What was also impressive was the amount of representation from STMS members and the tennis sessions and topics that were a part of this high level program. Michael Turner (UK) was a dynamic chair of a session “Only Mad Dogs & Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun; The Prevention of Injuries & Illness in Elite Tennis Players”. Babette Pluim (KTNLB) and STMS Past President began this session with Braces or Aces - A Risk Benefits Analysis of Tennis; What is the Extent of the Problem? She has also done a tremendous amount of work on developing “Healthy Tennis Clubs”. This has focused on using the tennis clubs in the Netherlands of a way of implementing national population-based health improvements. Julien Périard (Qatar) also presented “Serve and Volley in the Sun - The Prevention of Heat Illness in Elite Tennis Players at 40°C “, and presented a comprehensive study on heat in tennis players done in Qatar at the Aspetar Sports Medicine Institute. Evert Verhagen (Netherlands) presented data on risk factors of 75 junior players. Long time STMS members Anne Cools (Belgium), Fredrik Johansson (Sweden) did a workshop on “Take Care of the Shoulder Decelerator Mechanism: Check Your brakes and exercise your Parachute Before the Bomb Goes Off!” Neeru Jayanthi MD, (USA) and current STMS vice president also presented on “New Insights into Injury Prevention in Elite Youth Tennis” during a symposium on preventing injury in young athlete. Other key members of STMS such as our own president, Javier Maquirriain (Argentina) and STMS representative from the WTA, Kathleen Stroia (USA), and ATP World Tour physiotherapist Luke Fuller (Canada) were also in attendance. This allowed for a productive STMS meeting to help discuss some exciting changes that will be happening over the next year. The next IOC World Congress is planned for 2017 with a location to be announced. We expect more STMS representation and participation with dedicated tennis-specific topics. Keep producing the great work!


Neeru Jayanthi

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