Foreword by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco


I would like to thank the organizers of the « IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport » for choosing once again Monaco as host of the event scheduled 25-27 November 2021, further to its postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fragility of our societies has been highlighted by this dramatic health crisis when our lives are put on hold even for a short period of time.
This conference appears more relevant than ever as all the sporting events throughout the globe were impacted by this epidemic. The athletes are at the center stage of the Olympic Movement being its most valuable assets. Therefore, the preservation of their health must always be considered as a priority and a responsibility for the stakeholders.
The Conference favors a multidisciplinary approach towards sports injury prevention with the goal to allow athletes to train and perform at the highest level whilst preserving their future well-being.
It represents a unique platform gathering eminent specialists on injury and illness from around the world where are exchanged the researches and best practices to protect the physical integrity of athletes off and on the field.
The expectations are high and the previous editions have proved to have met them, delivering concrete results by a collaborative and collective process which allows a transfer of knowledge in order to minimize the risk factors with the practice of sport. I wish all the participants a most fruitful Conference and an enjoyable stay in the Principality.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco