August 10-11, 2020 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

About Sports Medicine 2020

Importance of Sports Medicine

Sports, when undertaken in an unsafe manner, heighten the chances for debilitating or degenerative disorders in youth. A sports medicine professional can provide youth with the nutritional and physical recommendations necessary to forgo degenerative diseases down the line. Purportedly, young female athletes who engage in extensive running increase their chances of developing premature arthritis and osteoporosis. Furthermore, they are more susceptible to fractures, as well. With this said, a sports medicine doctor can provide a youth athlete with a number of preventative measures to preserve their long term health and extend their athletic career.

American football is a brutal, and often, dangerous sports. The blunt force exerted during this sport can expose the human body to brain trauma, and various other injuries. Concussions are an especially telling concern, and they cannot be treated as isolated incidents with no future repercussions. Every concussion that an athlete incurs affects his future in some capacity. Medical professionals understand that with every concussion comes an increased risk for Alzheimer’s, early onset dementia, and many other neurodegenerative disorders and diseases. Furthermore, the risk for suicide and depression is elevated with each successive brain injury. The role of a sports medicine doctor, in this context, is to assess the severity of an athlete’s brain injury, and determine when and if they should return to the game.

Sports medicine can be undertaken as a form of exercise. In fact, the powerful effects of exercise are often likened to that of conventional medicines. This realm of sports medicine reinforces cardiovascular health and strength, and it fortifies the musculo-skeletal structure. Clients that reduce their risk for cancer, heart disease, dementia, and stroke are more likely to extend their sports careers.

Sports medicine can enhance athletic performance with the aid of many resources. For example, nutritional counselling can improve muscle recovery and hypertrophy.

Sports medicine professionals also participate in training program development. Athletes know that there is no one size fits all solution to training, and training must be constructed around an individual’s medical needs, physical strengths and weakness.

Injury management is one of the most important facets of sports medicine. With the right course of action, even a serious injury can undergo a reasonable rate of recovery and receive apt and attentive treatment. Without a sports medicine professional, a serious sports injury could literally end an athlete’s career. Quite often, injury management resources include physical therapy referrals, rehabilitation programs, as well medication or surgery if needed.

Sports medicine integrates both conventional medical therapies, and homeopathic therapies, including massage, neurofunctional acupuncture, shiatsu massage, biofeedback, meditation and yoga, and much more.

Sports Medicine Associations

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
  • American Orthopedics Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • The American Orthopedics Society for Sport Medicine (AOSSM)
  • The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) USA
  • Indian Association of Sports Medicine (IASM)
  • Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
  • The European Federation of Sport Psychology
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
  • Brazilian College of Sport Science (CBCE)
  • Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ)
  • Japanese Association of Physical Education and Sports
  • Centre for Orthopedics Surgery, Switzerland
  • European Association for Sport Management
  • International Sport and Culture Association – ISCA
  • ACES Europe
  • World Confederation For Physical Therapy
  • German Association of Physiotherapy

Sports Medicine Universities

  • The University of Sydney, Australia
  • The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Birmingham, UK
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • University of Otego, New Zealand
  • Pennsylvania State University, United States
  • The University of Copenhagen
  • University of Florida, USA
  • The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Universitat de Barcelona

Companies on the Cutting Edge of Sports Medicine

  • Active Implants
  • AlterG
  • Bespoke Innovations
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Blacktree Fitness Technologies
  • Cayenne Medical
  • Flexion Therapeutics
  • Stryker
  • GE Healthcare
  • Nike Sports Research Lab
  • Reebok
  • Xsens