Medical conferences provide clinicians and researchers with a forum for the dissemination of cutting edge research and the sharing of clinical expertise. Conferences are the ideal environment to keep abreast of the latest research, trends and equipment in sports medicine. Presentations provide attendees with knowledge but workshops foster the development of skills. Conference workshops are often presented by industry leaders and typically have small group numbers. Social events and activities allow attendees to rub shoulders with leaders in their fields and develop new friendships.
At the end of this month, Sports Medicine Australia, a national multidisciplinary organization committed to enhancing the health of all Australians, will host the “Be Active 2012” conference. This conference is an excellent example of how one conference can bring together multiple facets of the sports medical field by incorporating:
- The 4th International Congress on Physical Activity & Public Health
- The Australian Conference of Science & Medicine in Sport
- The Australian Physical Activity Conference
- The Australian Sports Injury Prevention Conference
The conference will host a range of presentations aimed at promoting, motivating and enhancing sport participation and regular physical activity. With so many health professionals and researchers in one location, it would be impossible not to gain something positive from such an exciting event. Our own Professor Karim Kahn, invited Plenary keynote speaker for the conference, will present “In search of sports medicine success: Five lessons for clinical, team, and research success.” Professor Kahn will then run a workshop, together with Editor-in-Chief Professor Gregory Kolt from the Journal of Science and Medicine in sport, titled “The business of publishing.” No doubt this presentation and workshop will get attendees thinking on their feet.
Complementing the diverse program of research presentations is a great social program. Every morning of the conference Nordic Walking introductory sessions will be held to introduce the participants to an all-body, low-impact workout. The Heart Foundation has also organised walks and classes. For those not familiar with the city sights of Sydney, a city bike tour has been scheduled which indeed will make attendees ‘Be Active.’