May 29, 2015
The 2015 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine has not ended yet, but I’ve had to cut out early. I’m sad to say I’m on my way from San Diego to L.A. Well, let me clarify my sadness: I’m on a train heading up the California coast right now, with an absolutely stunning view outside of my window–talk about Exercise is Medicine! I may not be burning calories while I blog, but there are plenty of surfers in the water this afternoon burning some for me.
No, I’m not sad to still enjoy a little bit of the California ambience. I’m sad to bid #ACSM15 so long. It’s been a great conference.
I can only give a superficial nod to all the sessions that have taken place already. As the world-renowned Australian injury prevention expert Caroline Finch put it in a tweet of hers: “This conference size always stuns me ”
Dr. Avery Faigenbaum was among a panel of youth sports researchers discussing a new IOC initiative regarding a “Youth Athlete Development Model.” Pierre d’Hemecourt gave a great, live demonstration of hip ultrasound–I walked away from the session with a renewed sense of the importance of this modality to our profession, a topic CJSM has returned to on several occasions in the journal and on this blog. Peter Kriz from Brown University gave a hands on demonstration of the clinical use of video analysis in evaluating baseball throwers. I joined my fellow social media friends, doctors Aaron Gray and Jon Patricios (AKA @MizzouSportsDoc and @JonPatricios) in giving an enjoyable talk on the power of this—of social media in sports medicine. The power of twitter, for instance, in curating content, in professional networking. The power of podcasting and blogging, whether a producer or user of content.
Of course, there is the socializing at conferences that provides memories as well. I enjoyed a fine diner with Kate Ackerman, the subject of a recent blog post,and Dai Sugimoto,an author of a recent CJSM published study on gender differences in hip abduction/adduction peak torques.
#ACSM15 is not nearly done; there is plenty left today and tomorrow. But for me, San Diego is well down the train tracks. Fare well until ACSM 2016 in Boston. Now that is something to look forward to.