Lars Engebretsen, MD PhD
Head of Scientific Activities
Roald Bahr, MD PhD
We are delighted to wish you a very warm welcome to the 6th IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport that will be held on 25-27 November 2021, further to its postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the success of the inaugural 1st World Congress on Sports Injury Prevention in 2005 in Oslo and the subsequent 2nd World Congress in 2008, in which 700 participants from 56 countries participated, the International Olympic Committee decided to accept the invitation to take over responsibility for the congress from the founders at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre.
The third edition was the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, held in Monaco in April 2011 and then again in 2014 and 2017. As reflected by the change in title in 2011, the scope of the Conference has been expanded from sports injury prevention to also include the prevention of other health problems associated with sports participation. Now, more than ever, health problems are at the centre of our concerns, and through this Conference we hope to bring new perspectives on the pandemic. Having had the participation of 1,200 delegates from 96 countries, this Conference has been established as a key meeting place for everyone engaged in injury and illness prevention, and we hope to see even more of you in Monaco in 2021.
The enormous interest in the Conference is also reflected by more than 550 programme proposals received for the initial programme, and another almost 260 abstracts for the second call after the postponement. In other words, the Scientific Committee has had a challenging job, but has been able to choose from the best of the best. This means that the upcoming Conference features a first-class programme, presenting evidence-based information on methods to prevent injuries, illness and other health problems associated with sports participation, from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Monaco has again been chosen as the venue, and the Grimaldi Forum will serve as a perfect setting for this event. We will deliver an event respectful of the preventive measures needed in view of the pandemic.
With the great interest shown by clinicians and scientists from scientific groups around the world, we believe that the 6th IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport in Monaco in 2021 will be the place to be. You do not want to miss this opportunity if you are involved in caring for the health of athletes.
A warm welcome to Monaco!