FOREWORD BY THE CHAIR OF THE IOC MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC COMMISSION


Dear Participants, Dear Friends,

Welcome to Budapest for the 2021 IOC Advanced Team Physician Course.

Protecting the health of the athletes is one of the major priorities for the International Olympic Committee and its Medical and Scientific Commission, which I have the privilege to chair.

As risks are inherent to the practice of sport, we also work closely with medical and sports science experts from around the world to share the latest insights into the field of injury and illness prevention in sport, as we strive to keep the athletes as fit and healthy as possible. As I am myself from the medical profession, I know how important it is to be aware of the latest research and medical practices and to be able to use them to serve the athletes in the best way possible.

This 12th edition will focus mainly on sharing this knowledge and establishing concrete measures. This course is geared towards the practical issues of working with high-level athletes in a team sports setting. Together we will address controversial topics and present new evidence on diagnosis and treatment. Together we will challenge existing dogma. It is even more important as this ATPC edition will be held few months before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Apart from our scientific discussions, we will also have the opportunity to foster networking thanks to a social programme which – I am convinced – will receive once again your full approval.

Our wish is to further build with all of you, the most effective education and knowledge in the important field of protecting athletes’ health, and thus to ensure the best possible care for your athletes.

My sincere thanks go to the organisers for their support in staging this course.

I look forward once again to your active contribution and fruitful discussions. See you all in Budapest in April 2021.

Prof.Dr.Uğur Erdener
Chair, IOC Medical and Scientific Commission