2019 ASICS SMA Conference

Novotel, Twin Waters, Australia

October 23, 2019

2019 ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference

Dr. Victor Lopez Jr will Chair a Symposium with colleagues, Dr. Richard Ma, board members of the Rugby Research and Injury Prevention Group, affiliated with Hospital for Special Surgery, Research Associates with Auckland University of Technology Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, and members of the Rugby Codes Research Group, Dan Rodgers ATC, and their mentor Professor Patria A. Hume, including Lecturer Matthew Attwood PhD from Cardiff Metropolitan University https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/schoolofsport/staff/Pages/Matthew-Attwood.aspx

. This will be the third year in a row, that they present at the ASICS Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) Conference, this year it will be at the Novotel, Twin Waters from October 23-26, with topics relevant to the growth of rugby in the Americas, which may have implications globally.

They will be presenting “Injury Risk between Two Formats of Rugby: 7s & 15s” and “The Incidence and Nature of Ankle Injuries in U.S. Rugby-7s”, with the overall theme of “Rugby Union Injury Prevention Programmes: Running into the Try Zone for 7s and 15s”. Click here to view submitted abstracts.


The 2019 ASICS SMA Conference is the leading multi-disciplinary conference in Australasia.

Year-on-year, the SMA Conference is a platform for the world’s most celebrated researchers and practitioners to network and exchange ideas. The multi-disciplinary nature of the conference is a real highlight with representation from a range of disciplines: from physiotherapists, sports and exercise physicians, sports doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, sports podiatrists, sport epidemiologists, physical activity researchers, exercise and sports scientists, and sports dietitians. This rich array of professions is reflected in the Conference Program, and fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange across the discipline.

The outstanding clinical program and practical workshops are supplemented by a stellar social program with multiple opportunities for networking. Last year, delegates enjoyed the ASICS Move Club (running/walking group), and networking at the Gala Dinner, Scientific Poster Session, plus much more.

This year, there is a total of $23,000 in funding to be awarded to the research of excellence in the areas of: Clinical sports medicine, sports and exercise science, physical activity, and health promotion, sports injury prevention

Delegates will enjoy all these networking and professional development opportunities against the backdrop of beautiful Twin Waters. Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters has the best of both worlds with the Maroochy River and Mudjimba Beach in close proximity. Aside from the abundant natural beauty of the area and surrounding Hinterland, there are plenty of other cultural attractions to explore nearby including Australia Zoo and the Eumundi Markets. The 2019 Annual Conference 2019 Refshauge Lecturer will be Trish Wisbey-Roth.

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) is a peak national multi-disciplinary member organization that provides leadership in the areas of sports exercise and medicine, sports injury, physical activity, sports exercise and science, and the healthy performance and participation of Australians in physical activity and sport. SMA is widely acknowledged internationally as a leading multi-disciplinary sports medicine body.

SMA draws together all sports medicine, sports science and healthcare professionals including orthopaedic surgeons, physicians, doctors, physiotherapists, public health specialists, accredited exercise physiologists, dietitians, academics, sports scientists, exercise scientists, optometrists, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists, nurses, teachers and chiropractors.

SMA provides expert information, advice and commentary on a diverse range of issues. These range from government policy and funding for sports medicine and community programs to prevent chronic diseases, through to specific projects focusing on sports health, health promotion, gender equity, older people in sport, safe sport for children, and drugs in sport.

SMA plays an active role in educating professionals and community members about safe participation in sport, recreation and physical activity. At a community level this is achieved through the delivery of the Safer Sport Program which provides parents, officials, coaches, trainers, teachers and participants with essential training and educational resources.

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