Time Flies


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!

Australasian College of Sports Medicine: Galas, Golf & Geriatrics (and some Surfing)


Dr. Stu Watson, lecturing on ‘surfing medicine’

Those of you who follow this blog likely read the most recent post, which was coming to you from Down Under courtesy of Dr. Hamish Osborne, a member of the CJSM Editorial Board.

Dr. Osborne practices in Dunedin, New Zealand, and is a member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP), one of this journal’s partner societies.   The College is having its annual conference in Coffs Harbour, NSW, and Dr. Osborne is reporting on the proceedings.
Without further ado:  Dr. Osborne!
The  morning after the night before–big celebrations last night here at the ACSP Conference at Coffs Harbour.  At the annual gala dinner fellowship certificates were presented to 5 recently completed trainees. The dinner was preceded by our annual general meeting at which major constitutional overhaul has set the college up to spend a lot more of our time and effort in further developing our training, education and research programs. Celebrations for both of these occasions went deep into the evening (and perhaps for some into the small hours).
Dr Stu Watson, one of our founding members and second president of the College, gave us a very interesting presentation on the literature and science being used in one of his favourite passions – surfing. These athletes are using FIFA 11plus protocols and Olympic lifting in preparation for surfing and prevention of injuries; it’s not just about slipping on your wetsuit and hitting the lip.
My favourite talk so far was by Prof. Marie Antoinette Fiatarone Singh from University of Sydney. She is a geriatrician and researcher focusing on integration of geriatric medicine, exercise and nutrition. She practices in Sydney but also has board certification in internal medicine and geriatric medicine in the USA. While we know that exercise is good for arthritic knees, pain can effectively limit the amount of walking a patient may get.  Dr. Singh emphasized that we clinicians try not to get these patients to walk; rather, they should lift relatively heavy weights through a somewhat limited range of motion initially,  and then they may progressively add range of motion and aerobic fitness as the increasing strength allows. It’s likely that this method is a disease modifying treatment!
This afternoon we will be off to practice what we preach:  a round of golf, which will have most of us exceeding our weekly required dose of walking for health. It might be the only preparation I get for the conference fun run tomorrow morning.  Hopefully, my swimming fitness will translate nicely to a short run.
Looking forward to the Management of Sporting Trauma (MOST) course later in the week. Watch out for my next post from there and a wrap up of the conference.
Thanks Hamish!  Your reporting gave me a sense of deja vu regarding another college of sport medicine:  the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  As a Team Physician for the University of California, Santa Cruz, I once gave a talk at an annual ACSM meeting on surfing medicine; I would love to have sat in on Dr. Watson’s talk.  And I am happy to say I got a chance to catch Dr. Fiatarone Singh at last year’s ACSM meeting, and I concur:  she does a fabulous job discussing her years of research on the application of resistance training to the health and wellness of the elderly (and that work is frequently referenced in manuscripts in our own publication).
Enjoy the proceedings (and we hope you break par)!
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