The IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport will include poster sessions and free communications. This second call for abstracts is open only for poster presentations. The Conference is multidisciplinary, and we encourage abstracts to be submitted within all fields of prevention research. This includes studies on epidemiology, risk factors, injury mechanisms, pathophysiology, intervention studies, relevant biomechanical studies, studies on sports behaviour and attitudes, and related research.


  • The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 August 2021. Abstracts will be accepted only via the Internet. NO exceptions will be made for late abstracts.
  • Abstracts will be published electronically in a special themed issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • The abstract must be written in English. If English is not your first language, please have it reviewed by a language editor.
  • Authors will be informed of the decision of the Scientific Committee by September 2021. Abstracts will be accepted as poster presentations within the pre-selected topics (please indicate your topic when submitting the abstract online).
  • Make the title brief, but informative, clearly indicating the nature of the investigation/presentation. Do not capitalise the title!
  • Objective data MUST be included so that the reviewers can make a fair and meaningful appraisal.
  • Abbreviations are allowed, but must be clearly defined.



  • The abstract cannot be longer than 300 words and must be structured, using the following headings and including the following information (hard return between each section):
    • Background: Provide the background to the study in one or two sentences.
    • Objective: State the main question or objective of the study and the major hypothesis tested, if any.
    • Design: Describe the design of the study, indicating, as appropriate, the use of randomisation, blinding, criterion standards for diagnostic tests, temporal direction (retrospective or prospective), and so on.
    • Setting: Indicate the study setting, including the clinical setting or competitive level in sport if relevant (e.g. youth sport, high school league, elite division or World Cup team).
    • Patients (or Participants): State selection procedures, entry criteria and numbers of participants entering and finishing the study.
    • Interventions (or Assessment of Risk Factors): Describe the essential features of any interventions, including their method and duration of administration. For observational studies, clearly outline the independent variables.
    • Main Outcome Measurements: The primary study outcome measures (dependent variables) should be indicated as these were planned before data collection began. If the hypothesis being reported was formulated during or after data collection, this fact should be clearly stated.
    • Results: Report the main findings of the study.
    • Conclusions: State only those conclusions of the study that are directly supported by data, along with their clinical application (avoiding overgeneralisation), or whether additional study is required before the information should be used in the usual clinical settings.

Please note: Equal emphasis must be given to positive and negative findings of equal scientific merit.

The call for abstracts for poster presentation is now closed.