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10 Dec 2018

Olympic Movement’s medical experts strengthen collaboration to improve athletes’ health

More than 100 medical experts from International Federations (IFs), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Olympic Games Organising Committees (OCOGs) gathered in Lausanne from 7 to 8 December 2018 in order to discuss pressing topics related to the health of the global population and of athletes.

At the International Federations Medical Commission Chairpersons Meeting, organised regularly and jointly by ASOIF, the IOC and AIOWF, this year’s focus was on the promotion of health and exercise for the global population; athlete mental health; injury and illness surveillance and prevention; teamwork at the Games, especially how the IOC, IFs, NOCs and OCOG can work together to improve the athlete medical services; and prevention of harassment and abuse in sport.

Margo Mountjoy, Chair of ASOIF’s Medical and Science Consultative Group (AMSCG) who was instrumental in the preparation of the meeting, said:  “The IOC-ASOIF-AIOWF meeting provided an excellent opportunity for the IOC medical and scientific representatives, the IF medical chairpersons and some NOC medical representatives to collaborate on athlete health issues of common interest. The workshop format provided the forum for the attendees to learn from each other and to develop collaborative solutions to improve the delivery of health care for our athletes.”

The next International Federations Medical Commission Chairpersons Meeting is scheduled for early 2020.