• Location: Online

 In a first for SMA, the e-Conference will be delivered in a new and innovative way online, boasting a jam-packed program that sees the conference feature two elements: Summit (8-9 October) and Showcase (23 October).  The e-Conference will be available to delegates all around the world for the first time in SMA history!

The new look e-Conference will feature Keynote and Invited Speakers at our Summit from 8-9 October, and our Showcase will emphasize the best and latest in sports medicine research including the Best of the Best – Awards on 23 October.

The Summit begins proceedings on Friday 8 October and features a star-studded speaker line up directed towards to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  • Australian Olympic Team Medical Director, Dr David Hughes delivers the prestigious Sir William Refshauge Lecture
  • Australian Paralympic Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rachel Harris
  • Round table discussion – The Tokyo Olympics Experience – Dr David Hughes, Dr Rachel Harris and two athletes (Olympian and Paralympian)

On Saturday 9 October, delegates will be spoiled for choice with two streams beginning from 9:30am (AEST) featuring world renowned keynote speakers and the latest Clinical Sports Medicine Symposia workshops.

The e-Conference then moves to the Showcase on Saturday 23 October, where delegates will see the best and latest in research, with five streams featuring Podium, Research Symposia and Poster presentations in the following areas:

  • Sports Injury Prevention
  • Clinical Sports Medicine
  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Physical Activity and Health Promotion
  • Sports Trainer & Community Sport (Workshops)

Sports Trainer & Community Sport will feature at the 2021 SMA e-Conference for the first time, providing the latest knowledge and techniques for sports trainers of all levels.

The e-Conference saves the best for last, with the ‘Best of the Best’ awards, battling it out to win a share of over $23,000 presenting their Abstract and Symposia/Workshop submissions. Delegates will also see the illustrious ASICS Medal presented to conclude the e-Conference.

If you have any further questions or enquiries, please contact the SMA Conference Management via conference@sma.org.au or call 1300 711 211.


Dr David Hughes is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician with over 25 years’ experience working in high performance sport. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of the AIS and Medical Director for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo. He is the Chair of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Sport and Health Advisory Committee. Sport sector experience includes Super Rugby, the NRL and English Premier League football. Dr Hughes attended London 2012 as Team Physician for the Opals and Rio 2016 as Olympic Team Medical Director. He is a former President of the Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP). Dr Hughes’ current work focus is on system-wide protocols to optimise athlete health/safety and ethical/integrity challenges in high performance sport.

Dr. David T. Martin has accumulated 35 years of experience working with Olympic and Professional Athletes and is widely recognized as an innovator in high performance sport. Dr. Martin is also an accomplished applied sport scientist with more than 110 peer reviewed publications investigating topics such as talent identification, demands of competition, fatigue management, competition analysis, altitude training, and thermoregulation. Additionally, Dr. Martin has worked with numerous world-class coaches across different sports, including cycling, skiing and basketball.  At the Australian Institute of Sport, Dr. Martin was a Senior Physiologist, a National Sport Science Coordinator for Cycling, a project leader for Cycling and Skeleton Talent Identification Projects, and a Director of Performance for the AIS Combat Center, an initiative designed to raise international competitiveness in four Australian Olympic combat sports. While Dr. Martin was the National Sport Science Coordinator for Cycling Australia the Olympic athletes won eight Gold, eight Silver and 12 Bronze medals. Dr. Martin has also worked with Australian World Record holders, World Champions and Australia’s only winner of the Tour de France and presents findings from his research at international scientific meetings.   Dr. Martin recently worked in the NBA where he served as the Director for Performance Research and Development for the Philadelphia 76ers (2015-2019) and is currently a Professor at the Australia Catholic University as well as the Chief Scientist for Apeiron Life, a Bay Area Performance Health Science start-up company.

Carolyn Emery PT PhD completed her PhD in Epidemiology (UAlberta 2004), MSc in Epidemiology (UCalgary 1998) and BSc in Physiotherapy (Queen’s U 1988). She is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Cumming School of Medicine at UCalgary. Carolyn is the Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre at UCalgary. Carolyn is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1 Concussion), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Christensen Fellow at the University of Oxford, and member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars. Carolyn’s research program focuses on the prevention of concussions and injuries and their consequences, aiming to reduce the public health burden of injuries and their consequences in youth sport and recreation. She leads the pan-Canadian SHRed Concussions Research Program (National Football League Play Safe Play Smart.

Kristian Thorborg is Professor at Copenhagen University in Orthopedic Surgery – with a special focus on Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Kristian is also currently Professor at Lund University in Sweden. He is currently employed as Research Lead at the Sports Orthopedic Research Center – Copenhagen (SORC-C), and senior-researcher at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research – Copenhagen (PMR-C) program. Both centers/programs are part of the Copenhagen – International Olympic Committee (IOC) – Research Centre in Injury and Illness Prevention. Kristian is a Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy since 2004, with more than 22 years of clinical experience within sports and orthopedic injury prevention, assessment and treatment. Kristian Thorborg has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters, and currently publishes more than 25 papers annually. His main research area is prevention, assessment and treatment of sports and orthopedic injuries. His research includes all aspects of sport from elite to sub-elite including all genders. He has published in Nature Disease Primer (2020) and Nature Scientific Reports (2018), has been the guest editor of Br J Sport Med four times (2017-2020), and have 13 of his papers chosen as “Editor´s Choice” in international medical journals (2010-2021). He has conducted > 10 prospective studies (Level 2a evidence); > 10 randomised controlled trials (Level 1b evidence) and > 10 systematic reviews (Level 1a evidence). His research has received 14 prizes/awards for the scientific contributions and 2 papers being most downloaded monthly paper, in British Journal of Sports Medicine (Impact Factor 12.2) with more than 100.000 downloads in total. Furthermore, Kristian has written chapters in international bestsellers such as “Clinical Sports Medicine”, “Orthopedic Rehabilitation of the Athlete”, “Hip Joint Restoration” and “The Sports Medicine Physician”. Kristian is the developer of HAGOS and outcome score for athletes with groin pain, which is translated into more than 15 languages, and he is currently ranked as no. 1 by expertscape.com (online guide to find biomedical experts and institutions) within the area of and “Groin”.

Professor Shona Halson is from ACU’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences and prior to this was the Head Recovery Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for over 15 years and has been a part of three Olympic campaigns with the Australian Olympic Committee. Her research focuses on sleep, recovery and fatigue and she has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters. Shona is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and also provides consultancy services to the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and Nike as part of both the Nike Performance Council and Nike Sports Research Advisory Group. Shona also consults to a number of national and international professional sporting teams.

Emmanuel (Manos) Stamatakis is a Professor of Physical Activity and Population Health at Charles Perkins Centre and the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. He is currently a NHMRC Leadership Level 2 Fellow and the Physical Activity and Exercise Theme Leader at Charles Perkins Centre. Emmanuel received his PhD from the University of Bristol in 2003 and did a post-doctoral in epidemiology at University College London. He leads a program of cohort studies and consortia on the health effects of physical activity and other lifestyle behaviours on cardiometabolic disease and mortality.  Emmanuel has published over 300 peer reviewed papers, including several papers in leading journals such as BMJ, JAMA Inter Med, J am Coll Cardiol, and PNAS;  and in 2019 and 2020 Emmanuel was named in Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers list.  His work has been used in over 80 public health guidelines and scientific statements in the last 10 years.    Emmanuel co-chaired the 2020 WHO physical activity and sedentary behaviour Guidelines Development Group and led the development of the adult physical activity recommendations. He served as one of the four Editors of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (until 2020) and as the Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine (2019-20).   His recent work has been broadly featured in lay media including over 10,000 online feature articles in online media outlets. Emmanuel has supervised over 20 research students to completion.

Presented by Sports Exercise Podiatry Australia (SEPA)

Jean-Francois (JF) Esculier is a Canadian physiotherapist who embraces the roles of clinician, researcher and educator. He completed a Masters and PhD on patellofemoral pain in runners, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship on running and knee osteoarthritis. JF is passionate about reading the latest research, and translating it into clear clinical messages to educate healthcare professionals and the general public. He is the Leader of Research & Development at The Running Clinic, Physiotherapist and Founder of MoveMed Physiotherapy, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia.

Professor Timperio is Deputy Director of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), and Deputy Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University. Her research focuses on understanding the range of influences on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, particularly among children and adolescents, and over critical life transition periods. A major focus of her work has been understanding how the neighbourhood and built environment shape active living. She has over 200 peer reviewed publications and has been named a Highly Cited Researcher four times since 2015. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and previously served as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Public Health Nutrition.

Dr Rachel Harris is a Sport and Exercise Physician based in Perth and works out of Perth Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre. Rachel has been the Project Lead for the AIS Female performance & health initiative since it began in 2019. She is the Chief Medical Officer for Paralympics Australia, and the Chief Medical Officer for Water Polo Australia for the Tokyo Cycle. She swam for Australia at the Sydney Olympics, and is a Gold Medallist from the Kuala Lumbar Commonwealth Games in the 800m Freestyle.

Dr Matt Whalan is a physiotherapist, applied researcher and sport scientist from Wollongong, Australia. He has been a partner at Figtree Physiotherapy for 16 years and has been involved in physiotherapy in many sports – including football, rugby league, triathlon and dance medicine. Dr Whalan completed his PhD in injury prevention in football in 2020, in addition to having a Masters of Physiotherapy and a degree in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation. He has presented at conferences internationally and domestically and has published numerous articles in the area of injury prevention and risk reduction. Most recently, Dr Whalan has taken on a role at Football Australia (FA) to design and implement the new national Player Availability Model and the FA Perform+ program, in addition to working with the Australia national teams, Socceroos and Olyroos, as a team physiotherapist.