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The "Return to Play" conference represented the 25th edition of what has became one of the largest sports medicine (and sports physical therapy) conferences worldwide. It is certainly number one in football/soccer, with more then 2000 participants from 89 countries.

The annual conference focuses on soccer medicine, but this year specifically on issues related to return to play. The conference is jointly sponsored by F-Marc (the medical and research arm of FIFA) and Isokinetic. With over 100 internationally renowned faculty, participants were able to learn from the very best researchers and clinicians in the field. Areas of particular focus included the FIFA11+, particularly the new FIFA11+ kids, and the introduction of the FIFA football medicine diploma, which recently launched online.

FIFA 11+ Kids.

#RTP2016, the conference's hashtag, reached the number six spot on Twitter's daily top twenty hashtags used, indicating that worldwide there is a huge interest in this topic. @Isokinetic kept a running Twitter commentary of many of the major talks, so searching #RTP2016 will allow clinicians who didn't attend to follow the discussions and presentations! You may also refer to the related website http://www.footballmedicinestrategies.com/ to relive this exciting three day conference.

Phil Glasgow presents during Optimizing Load workshop.

IFSPT, in cooperation with BJSM, SSPA and ACPSEM,  had the privilege to present a workshop "Return to Play-Optimizing Load," which was organized by IFSPT EB member Mario Bizzini and Karim Khan, BJSM editor. The speakers, Clare Ardern, Phil Glasgow, Erik Witvrouw, Holly Silvers, and Stephen Mutch, gave an excellent overview of the 2015 Return to Play Bern conference, including an outlook on the upcoming BJSM consensus paper on "Return to Sport." This IFSPT milestone event will also be strongly promoted at the Second World Conference on Sports PT (Optimize Loading in Sport), which will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, October 6-7, 2017.

From left, Karim Khan, Phil Glasgow, Erik Witrvouw, Holly Silvers, Mario Bizzini, Clare Ardern, and Stephen Mutch.

In addition, IFSPT will present Return to Play: A Different Perspective from Abroad as part of the Team Concept Conference in Las Vegas, NV, December 1-3, 2016. Topics include

Decision Making on Return to Play: Best Practice
Nicola Phillips, PT, PhD

Return to Play in Athletes with Low Back Pain
Phillip Glasgow, PT, PhD

Screening, Performance Tests and Questions in Return to Play
Claire Ardern, BPhysio(Hons), PhD

Return to Play Following Groin Injuries. What Tells Us the Athlete is Ready to Return?
Kristian Thorborg, PT, PhD

Return to Play in Athletes with Achilles Tendinopathy
Karin Grävare Silbernagel, PT, PhD, ATC

Mental/psychological Aspects in Return to Play
Clare Ardern, BPhysio(Hons), PhD

Is Imaging Necessary in Return to Play after Injury? Decision Making.
Brandon Schmitt, DPT, ATC

Be sure to mark your calendar for 2017, and join SPTS and IFSPT in Las Vegas in December.  Follow this link to register!

Amy Arundale, US, and Ummukulthoum "KT" Bakare, Nigeria. 
Victoria, British Columbia was the host city May 18-21, 2016 for the annual conference of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine - L'académie Canadienne du Médecine du Sport et de L'exercice.

About 500 participants had the chance to listen to and meet high profile speakers, such as Karim Khan, Ian Shrier, Jackie Whittaker, Kathryn Schneider and more.

Torbjorn Soligard presented also the various activities of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) towards the protection of the athlete's health, with an invitation for next year's IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, Monaco (http://www.ioc-preventionconference.org).

IFSPT EB member Mario Bizzini, a speaker in the Injury Prevention research sessions, coordinated by Prof. Carolyn Emery, University of Calgary and Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC) had the chance to meet some committee members
of the new IFSPT Member Organization, Sport Physiotherapy Canada (https://www.sportphysio.ca).

Relive the conference under the twitter hashag #casem2016.

IFSPT welcomes all Canadian sports PTs to the upcoming Team Concept Conference 2016 in Las Vegas, USA, December 1-3. Follow this link for more information! See you in December!

Excerpted from Richard Parks' blog

Richard Parks was forced to end his expedition Project Everest Cynllun due to medical complications on May 1.

Richard's expedition, as relayed in a previous profile, was a collaborative British Research project showcasing the effects of extreme altitude on the body and mind. It was due to reach its conclusion during May as Richard attempted to become the first person in history to collect a blood sample and muscle biopsy from the summit of Mount Everest. He was also climbing Everest without supplemental oxygen.

However, due to rare medical complications discovered whilst Richard was in Camp 2 on Everest, he was forced to end his expedition early and return home to Wales.

"It's been a bitter pill to swallow" said Richard, "I am confident of my process to make the decision. It's the right one. I'm at peace, but it's been a brutal few days."

Before Richard's last climb to Camp 2, Science Lead Professor Damian Bailey performed an arterialised blood test on Richard at an earlier than scheduled time. This was to look at how the period Richard had spent above the Icefall had impacted on his acclimatisation ahead of the summit bid. Richard's haemoglobin levels at first glance were hugely positive, confirming his strategy and training were paying off, in fact his body's response and adaption to hypoxia was excellent.

Upon further investigation of Richard's samples, and with input from Jagged Globe's high altitude experts Dr. Rachel Tullet and Dr. David Hillebrandt, the flip side of Richard's results was highlighted.

His results showed that Richard had an abnormally high red blood cell count and haemoglobin level. This could provide insight into his unique physiology to perform in these extreme environments as an 'outlier'. However, these readings combined with an extraordinarily high Haematocrit posed a dangerously high risk of life threatening complications.

In simpler terms; the high values of oxygen carrying haemoglobin showed that Richard's ability to adapt to extreme altitudes is potentially exceptional. However, it also showed that his blood has become dangerously thick, putting an extra stress on the heart and brain with an extremely high risk of clotting. Whilst at sea level this is potentially life threatening, at extreme altitude and in the relatively remote environment of Mt. Everest the risk of complications such as stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolus are greatly increased way beyond the normal risk levels associated with climbers taking on Everest.

Prof Damian Bailey reflected; "In retrospect, I'm glad to have performed the unscheduled blood gas analysis on Richard. The collective decision to halt any further ascent and reduce the increased risk to Richard was without question correct."

On discovering there had been abnormal blood readings, Richard and his climbing team descended from Camp 2 to Base Camp to further analyse and repeat the measurements.

Jagged Globe's Dr Tullet added; "Richard's blood test results show that he is at high risk of developing serious or potentially life-threatening complications. The risk is greatly increased by the extreme environment he is currently in. Our advice to Richard was that it was simply too dangerous to continue with the expedition, be it with or without supplemental oxygen, and to descend immediately for obviously his own health and safety, but also that of his team."

Nicola Phillips, IFSPT President, on the trek up Mount Everest.

Richard's performance director, Prof Nicola Phillips stated; "Whilst the scientific study is a primary aim of this expedition, Richard's health in this extremely dangerous situation has to take priority. After considering the advice from everyone involved there was no other option but to withdraw. Richard has shown incredible professionalism in making this decision and in considering all implications, including the safety of the team around him."

Richard's expedition has been 18 months in the planning and preparation. Enormous amounts of time, resource, effort, training, support and research has gone in to creating Project Everest Cynllun, making the decision to leave Everest a painful one to make.

"I have discussed and considered every option" added Richard. "There is data demonstrating that some native highlanders have similar measurements to me, often presenting chronic mountain sickness symptoms. However, I don't have any actual symptoms of ill-health, making the situation difficult to absorb. I feel great, but the harsh reality is that I am in a very dangerous predicament."

Richard added; "I am not prepared to risk my life over and above the risks I have considered, trained and prepared for, or risk the lives of those around me. Any incident above Camp 3 would realistically mean a massive rescue incident or that I'm left there to die - I've climbed over dead bodies on Everest before. Also, the negative legacy of such egotistical behaviour could jeopardise further scientific expeditions on the mountain. This is about so much more than my own personal desires."

Over the past 5 years Richard has completed several major expeditions, setting new records along the way.

"This situation has highlighted just how close to the ceiling of human performance I'm operating" he stated. "It's been a sobering experience. Damian's sample might've saved my life. The margins are almost non-existent. I won't risk my future, or the future of others, given the information in front of me. I'm at peace with that."

To read Richard's blog post, Returning Home,
Richard Parks will be the keynote speaker for Team Concept Conference 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 2, 2016. Don't miss the opportunity to hear and meet this extraordinary athlete. Follow this link for information, or register here

Professor Nicola Phillips has been named Wales' chef de mission for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The physiotherapist succeeds Wales' 2014 Glasgow Games chef de mission Brian Davies, who is now Sport Wales' director of elite performance.

Phillips recently supporting former Wales rugby union international Richard Parks' latest expedition, to Everest.

"This is such a huge honour and I can't wait to get started," said Phillips.

She has a chair at Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences and is as president of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy.

Phillips was chef de mission at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa and has worked with Great Britain and Wales' weightlifting teams.

She has also worked at Olympic Games and previous Commonwealth Games, and in professional rugby union.

"I've been involved with Commonwealth Games Wales for the past 30 years, and have travelled with the team to several Games in various different roles," said Phillips.

"All of my professional life has been about supporting athletes in some way or other, so to be awarded the top leadership role for Team Wales is absolutely amazing."

Commonwealth Games Wales board chair Helen Phillips said Nicola Phillips' credentials are "remarkable."

She added: "Nicola brings with her unrivalled drive, passion, and a proven ability to provide exceptional leadership under all kinds of circumstances."

Quotes for the above article were excerpted from the BBC.

November 4-6, 2016
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November 5-6, 2016 
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel 
Portland, Oregon 

icSPORTS 2016
Fourth International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support
Porto, Portugal
November 7-9 
Link here for information

Sportfisio Switzerland Conference

BernExpo, Bern, Switzerland
November 18, 2016  

Traumatology, Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery (TUSYAD) Congress 
November 22-26, 2016
Wyndham Levent Hotel
Istanbul, Turkey

Dutch Annual Sports Medicine Conference 2016
November 24-25, 2016 
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Partnered conference with the IFSPT 
December 1-3, 2016
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
IFSPT Members pay only $555 USD 
Attend with a friend and each only pays $500 USD

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February 2-4, 2017
Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen


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Cape Town, South Africa
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