10.08.2017

Adolescent Athletes Symposium coming to Geelong

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) is excited to be hosting the Adolescent Athletes Symposium this month in Geelong.

Adolescent sport injuries are on the rise in Australia and we are facing some worrying statistics. Kids 12 and under are most likely to suffer a concussion, yet only 12% of cases are ever reported. And anterior cruciate ligaments surgeries in children have risen by 148% over the past decade.

Adolescent Athletes: Treating tweens and teens, not mini adults will take delegates through strategies to prevent injuries, manage load, treatment tips for complex yet common conditions and cover other hot topics in adolescent Sport & Exercise Medicine, including concussion, eating disorders and weight training.

This one-day symposium features a wide-array of expert speakers forming a multi-disciplinary team, including doctors, psychologists, researchers and strength & conditioning experts, all with a focus on active adolescents.

They will take delegates through some of the most contemporary and important issues affecting junior athletes and identify the key differences between treating adult and adolescent athletes.

Event organiser and La Trobe University Researcher, Liam West says the impressive list of expert speakers will make the symposium an event not to be missed.

“We have brought together some of the most highly credentialed and knowledgeable experts in adolescent Sports & Exercise Medicine. They will share their knowledge across a range of topics to help prevent, identify and manage adolescent injuries.”

The Symposium will be spearheaded by Sports Medicine and Sports Science Manager at Cricket Australia, Alex Kountouris, who will present his research into load management and preventing adolescent athletes from breaking down.

“Alongside Mr Kountouris, other highlights to look forward to, include La Trobe University Senior Research Fellow, Dr Alex Donaldson’s presentation on preventing injuries to maximise the potential of adolescent athletes and a look at injury, pain and intervention strategies for adolescents with Josh Heeney, a Hip and Grown Physiotherapist based in Melbourne.” Said Dr West.

The Adolescent Athletes Symposium will take place on Sunday August 27th at Waurn Ponds Estate. Parents, coaches, officials and trainers are all encouraged to attend.

Sports Medicine Australia is a national multi-disciplinary member organisation that provides leadership in the area of sports medicine, and the healthy and safe participation of Australians in physical activity and sport. To view more information on the seminar, visit sma.org.au.

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