Toronto 2015 medicine congress draws hundreds

The three-day conference helped prepare those serving in medical areas for the Parapan Am Games. 01 May 2015
Toronto 2015 emblem

The emblem for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games


About 350 people attended the Toronto 2015 PanAm/Parapan Am Sports Medicine Congress (16-18 April) for an opportunity to leverage the immense medical expertise gathering for the Toronto 2015 PanAm/Parapan Am Games this summer.

The majority of the attendees were volunteers who will assist with medical services for Toronto 2015. The three-day conference, which is part of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) Medical Commission’s preparation for the Games, provided training for July and August’s events, as well as professional credit for their participation.

For the first time it was a fully integrated conference covering able-bodied and para-sport, in-line with Toronto 2015’s commitment to both the Pan and Parapan American Games.

The conference was in partnership with the Ontario, Canadian branches of different professional organisations, such as Athletic Therapy Association and Physical Therapy Association. It featured speakers from around the world, including members of the International Paralympic Committee medical committee, the Pan American Sports Organisation medical commission, the Pan American Confederation of Sports Medicine medical commission, and other local and international experts.

Chief Medical Officers of National Paralympic Committees were also in attendance.

The conference, which was facilitated through an International Olympic Committee solidarity grant, aimed to build legacies through sports medicine.

Toronto 2015 will take place from 7-15 August 2015 and will feature 1,608 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports.

Tickets can now be purchased online. For more information, visit the TO2015 Parapan American Games website.