WELCOME


Dear Colleagues,

The Organising Committee for the 2021 edition of the IOC Advanced Team Physician Course (ATPC) is very pleased to welcome our experienced faculty and delegates from all over the world to Istanbul, Turkey.

After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 developments, we had to postpone the 12th edition of the IOC Advanced Team Physician Course to November 2021. Rescheduling the event enables us to provide the experience that our speakers, participants and partners expect and deserve in a safe environment according to our standards of academic quality and hospitality.

This 12th edition follows the previous 11 successful ATPCs. The first was organised by the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre in Svolvær, Norway, in 2008. The IOC then held the next courses at Stanford University, USA, in 2010; in Calvi, France, in 2011; in Oslo, Norway, in 2012; in Saltsjøbaden, Sweden, in 2013; in Mandelieu, France, in 2014; in Doha, Qatar, in 2015; in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2016; and in Antalya, Turkey, in 2017; and it celebrated the 10-year anniversary in Marrakech, Morocco, in 2018. In 2019, this course was held by the IOC in Tokyo, Japan.

By holding the 2021 event in Istanbul, Turkey we aim to make this programme easily available for colleagues from the region. The excellent feedback from previous participants has inspired us to continue developing the IOC ATPC concept to become even more valuable for experienced team physicians, as well as for a select group of physiotherapists.

For the 2021 edition, we will continue with what has become the trademark of the IOC ATPC, addressing current issues in sports medicine through real-life cases. You should expect discussions and interactions among participants and faculty around clinical conundrums facing team physicians working with elite athletes.

One of the aims of the IOC ATPC is to have time for informal social interaction, and we know that each and every one of you will want to avail yourself of this opportunity to build an international network with experienced colleagues among faculty and delegates.

There are many situations in which the benefit of consulting a colleague with perspectives and practical experience other than your own could be very valuable.

A warm welcome to Istanbul in November 2021!

Lars Engebretsen, MD, PhD Professor
Head of Medicine and Science
IOC Medical and Scientific Department

Roald Bahr, MD, PhD Professor
Chair of the Scientific Committee