Rehabilitation Focus at Sports Medicine Congress

Topics including early interventions in rehabilitation and regenerative medicine in sports were part of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) World Congress this past week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 24 May 2010 By IPC

Taking place from 19-22 May, about 500 participants representing 60 countries attended the World Congress. In addition to the above mentioned topics, emergency management of field injuries and doping in the 21st century were including in the event’s programme.

An symposium from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), which stems from the agreement with FIMS, addressed the subjects “Controversies in Classification” and “Technological Advances in Paralympic Sports”. The symposium was moderated by Edwardo Ramos, and included contributions from IPC Medical and Scientific Director Dr. Peter Van de Vliet and Dr. Rory Cooper.

FIMS also held the bi-annual ‘Council of Delegates’ Meeting, with the Federation electing Professor Fabio Pigozzi (ITA) as the new President. Professor Lyle Micheli (USA) was elected as Secretary General.

The next FIMS World Congress will take place in Rom, Italy, in 2012 and Quebec, Canada, in 2014.

FIMS is an international organization comprised of individual members, national associations, and multinational groups, with a common involvement with sports medicine on all continents. The Federation aims primarily to promote the study and development of sports medicine throughout the world, and to assist athletes in achieving optimal performance by maximizing their genetic potential, health, nutrition, and high-quality medical care and training.

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