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This man would love Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Australia: Site of ACSP February 2016

Is Christmas really almost here?

Have my high school football players really finished their seasons, and now wrestlers and basketball players are taking their places in my clinics?

Two months ago I was posting from the South African Sports Medicine Association’s meeting in Johannesburg (SASMA2015), and it feels like yesterday.

And that means that two months from now is…..tomorrow?

Two months from now I might be…..surfing???

I am excited that early in 2016 [in precisely two months] I will have the chance to attend the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP) annual meeting in Surfer’s Paradise.  I am honored to speak on the topic of youth sports, and will join colleagues such as Roald Bahr, Steven Blair, and more from 12 February to 16 February on the ‘Gold Coast’ of Queensland.

This is a special opportunity to join up with a special group of sports medicine clinicians. ACSP is one of CJSM’s affiliated societies.  With most of our Editorial Board in North America and the UK, we typically have an easier time visiting our other affiliated societies such as the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

So, in 2016, we’ll have at least two of our Editorial Board on site at ACSP, as I will join Hamish Osborne.  Last year, Dr. Osborne–our Dunedin, New Zealand-based Associate Editor– filed a couple of posts live from 2015 ACSP. This year, I’ll share the duties with him!

The Australians and the Kiwis punch above their weight in the worlds of sports and sport medicine.  I think that statement must come as no surprise to readers of this blog.  I’ve had the opportunity on several occasions to write about important contributions the folks Down Under are making in the sports medicine research world.  If you haven’t previously had the chance, listen to our podcast conversation with Alex Donaldson on ‘Footy First,’ an injury prevention intervention for Aussie Rules football. Or read the recent guest post authored by Sheree Bekker of The Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP).

So…..two months.  That will fly by!!!  I won’t have any chance to practice any surfing in landlocked Ohio, but I’ll soon enough have to get cracking on developing that talk!

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About sportingjim
I work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio USA, where I am a specialist in pediatric sports medicine. My academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics is through Ohio State University. I am a public health advocate for kids' health and safety. I am also the Emerging Media Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

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