17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress

17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress

Lausanne, Sept 19, 2012: The theme of the congress is “Enhancing Performance: The Healthy Aquatic Athlete”. It is recognised that a healthy athlete is one that can perform to their potential. Physicians and Scientists play an important role in providing the opportunity for the athlete and their coaches to deliver elite performance. The 17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress aims to bring world leaders together to share best practice and update our understanding. In aquatics, we share five disciplines and have a boarder responsibility to Masters athletes and those who exercise for the benefits of exercise on health.

The 17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress will cover all these areas and will therefore be relevant to many sports and health care professionals. The faculty will provide background understanding as well as an introduction to the latest concepts. There will be a b focus on injury and illness prevention. The scientific sessions will provide an excellent opportunity to present original scientific work at an international congress. Coaches and team staff will leave with an improved understanding of the roles of sports physicians and scientists within their programmes.

The Congress will be delivered as key note lectures, small group workshops, podium and poster presentations of original scientific papers. There will be ample time to network and have informal discussions with the faculty. As usual, proceedings will open with the Bleasdale Memorial Lecture. It is a great honour to be invited to give this lecture. The Bleasdale lecturer for this Congress will be announced at a later date.

The Congress will encompass a wide variety of issues relating to aquatic athletes including:

Ethical use of drugs in sport

Nutritional supplementation – the case for and against

Musculoskeletal injuries of the shoulder and hip & groin

Maintaining health in the aquatic athlete – a team approach

Exercise in heat and warm water

Optimising asthma management

Health benefits of exercise and its role in chronic disease management

Anti-doping developments

Hot topics in each aquatic discipline

How biomechanics and technologies can improve performance

Altitude training and optimisation of endurance capacity

Dermatological issues for swimmers

Protecting the mental health of athletes


Confirmed members of the international faculty include:

Dr. Brian Adams, Sports Dermatology, USA

Mr Gustavo Borges, World Champion Swimmer, BRA

Dr. Kevin Boyd, Orthopaedic Surgeon, GBR

Prof. Demitri Constantinou, Sports Medicine, RSA

Dr Haydar Demirel, Sports Medicine, TUR

Prof Emin Ergen, Sports Medicine, TUR

Dr Laia Font Ribera, Epidemiology, ESP

Prof. David Gerrard, Sports Medicine, NZL

Prof. Bruno Grassi, Exercise Physiology, ITA

Prof. Fares Haddad, Orthopaedic Surgeon, GBR

Dr. Cees-Rein van den Hoogenband, Orthopaedic Surgeon, NED

Prof. Adrian Hutber, Exercise is Medicine, USA

Dr Koji Kaneoka, Orthopaedic Surgeon, JPN

Dr Oguz Karamızrak, Sports Medicine,TUR

Prof. Stavros Kavouras, Sports Nutrition, GRE

Prof. Sanlı Sadi Kurdak, Exercise Physiology, TUR

Mr Dimitrj Mancevic, National Team Coach, SLO

Dr. Saul Marks, Sports Psychiatry, CAN

Dr James Miller, Family & Sports Medicine, USA

Prof Jan-Anders Manson, Polymer Science, SWE

Dr. Margo Mountjoy, Family & Sports Medicine, CAN

Prof. George Murrell, Orthopaedic Surgeon, AUS

Dr Andrew Pipe, Cardiology, CAN

Dr. Ola Ronsen, Sports Medicine, NOR

Prof. Ross Sanders, Sports Biomechanics, GBR

Dr. Alan Vernec, World Anti-Doping Agency, CAN

Prof. Joao-Paulo Vilas-Boas, Sports Biomechanics, POR

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Guests,

It’s our privilege and great pleasure to invite you to the 17th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress which will be held in Istanbul from 10 to 11 December 2012. One of the most important issues of aquatic medicine “Enhancing Performance; The healthy Aquatic Athlete” will be our theme.

The congress will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest scientific, and technological advances in swimming, diving, water polo, synchro and open water with workshops, seminars, panels, lectures as well as oral and poster presentations. The most prestigious professionals from all around the world will contribute and be a part of this important scientific event. This will take place at Renaissance Polat Hotel on 10-11th December 2012 immediately prior to the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) which will take place at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul on 12-16th December 2012.

We will be with you in Istanbul, one of the world’s great cities which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents “Asia andEurope”, has been a capital during two consecutive empires – Christian and Islamic. Ten thousand years old modern city, with its unique identity will host you with attractive social life for visitors.

With our best wishes to you all.

Prof. Dr. Sanlı Sadi Kurdak

Chair, Local Organizing Committee, Turkey. —- FINA

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