Saying "Yes" to Diversity in Sport – FIMS Sports Medicine Symposium at ICSEMIS 2016

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio will feature some of the finest athletes in the world. In the eyes of the public, these elite athlete are usually perceived as the epitome of health and fitness. As sports physicians, we are acutely aware of their risk of injury and disease that calls for effective prevention as much as for swift and correct diagnosis and treatment. Even more in contradiction to public perception is Sudden Cardiac Death in athletes, a rare but catastrophic event that shakes the world of sports time and again.

It goes without saying that a symposium on the most current issues in Sports Medicine is part of FIMS' engagement at this year’s ICSEMIS. Professor Moises Cohen from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo, Brazil, a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, known for his key positions in the Brazilian Knee Society, the Brazilian Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Society, ISAKOS and the Brazilian Football Association CBF, will chair a symposium with three further Brazilian exponents in their respective fields. In addition to prevention of injuries, Sudden Cardiac Death and concussion in athletes, the colleagues will address the ever so difficult question of the best time to return to sports. 

The programme features:

1. Injury prevention in the elite athlete. André Pedrinelli, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, at the Sports Medicine Division of the USP, São Paulo, Brazil.

2. Prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes. José Kawazoe Lazzoli, Specialist in Cardiology and Sports Medicine, Professor at Biomedical Institute, Fluminense Federal University, Niterói and Head of the Cardiology Division, Santa Teresa Hospital, Petrópolis, both Brazil. 

3. Concussion - Prof Jorge Roberto Pagura, Neurosurgeon, President of the CBF Football Brazilian Doctors National Committee, Brazil.

4. Criteria for return to sports in high performance athletes. Moises Cohen, São Paulo, Brazil.

FIMS embraces this symposium as part of our mission to protect the physical and mental health and ensure the wellbeing of all who are engaged in sports and exercise, and to assist athletes in achieving optimal performance by maximizing their genetic potential, health, nutrition and (access to) high-quality care and training. FIMS' engagement in ICSEMIS forms part of our key function in education and our active networking within sports worldwide.  

The 3rd International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) "Saying 'Yes' To Diversity in Sport" will take place from 31st August to 4th September 2016 in Santos, Brazil. We invite you to embrace this unique opportunity to combine academic discussion with watching its application life as the convention is organised during the window between the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With 2000 attendees from all over the world, ICSEMIS also allows you to nurture your international network. Visit www.icsemis2016.org now to view the programmeonline and register.

ICSEMIS is the successor of the former pre-Olympic/ Paralympic Congresses and aims to provide a true multidisciplinary platform in the host country of the Games. In 2004, the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and FIMS joined forces to bring the major stakeholders in science, education and medicine together. The 1st ICSEMIS in Guangzhou, China, in 2008 and the 2nd ICSEMIS in Glasgow, UK, in 2012 were stimulating events demonstrating the need for such a platform.