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Surfing Medicine International brings an unique event , World Conference | EXPO on Surfing Medicine to Torquay the Surfing capital of Australia for a three-day programme of inspiring lectures including workshops, and outdoor activities, featuring leading specialists and inspirational speakers in Surfers’ Health & Injury Prevention, Training & Performance, and the Ocean Environment.

Now entering its’ seventh year, the World Conference | EXPO Surfing Medicine (WCSM) is a state-of-the-art conference delivering premium academic content in an engaging and interactive format, providing a scientific, evidence-based, platform for key stakeholders in modern surfing. To date, over fifty, high-impact factor, peer-reviewed journal published, leading academics have delivered a total of 70 lectures, 25 masterclasses, and 15 outdoor workshops, to in excess of 600 delegates drawn from across the globe.

Each daily programme at WCSM 2019 will be dedicated to a theme reflecting the needs of the modern day surfer. SMI will provide a platform for Surfers, Students, Scientists, Water Safety Experts/Lifeguards and Health care professionals

Day 1 - Health & Prevention

On day 1 we focus on Surfers’ Health and Injury Prevention with special focus on drowning, remote environment first-response, injury prevention, UV-protection, and mental health. Against the backdrop of a changing surfing landscape (i.e. arrival, and assimilation, of artificial wave venues, imminent Olympic sport status, etc.).

Day 2 - Training Performance

Day Two will explore evolving Training and Performance approaches in elite surfing, considering aspects such as positive psychology, emotional regulation and stress management, high performance training – Youth Academy to Elite, and sports nutrition amongst others.

Day 3 - Ocean Environment

Cognisant of arguably the greatest threat to continued human existence of this planet, our final day programme will look in-depth at the Ocean Environment. Scientific consensus acknowledges the detrimental effect of increasing global ambient and water temperatures, the latter especially on marine environments. Furthermore, established human behaviour and consumption patterns in westernized (‘developed’) economies jars with meaningful suggestions towards sustainability. What can the ordinary surfer do? On Day Three, you will hear from people on the frontline in microplastics, effects on human health, ocean cleanup, water quality improvement, and how they are effecting positive change in their communities and beyond.

Keynote Speakers WCSM 2019

  • Dr Rob Brander: Coastal geomorphologist and Associate Professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales.

  • Dr Oliver Farley: Lead of Strength and Conditioning Coach for Surfing New Zealand.

  • Natalie Hood, MD: Medical Director for Surf Livesaving Australia (SLSA), Paediatric Emergency Physician, Drowning Resuscitation.

  • Mischa Goettinger, MD: Driving force behind the Surf Life Support Courses, SMI app developer, sports physician.

  • Brandon Lindberg, MD: Fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon, specializes in sports medicine, trauma and advanced deformity correction of the lower extremity.

  • Ogi Markovic, MD: Vision and Performance, High Performance Surf Coach Postgraduate, Uni. Lisbon. Specialist in Ophthalmology, Optometry, Occupational & Preventive Medicine, Medical consultant to the Plastic Soup Foundation, Co-founder of Surfing Medicine International, CSO

  • Donna Masing: Sports and Performance Therapist, resident therapist at Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre.

  • Prof Miguel Moreira: Human Kinetics/Sports Scientist, major focuses of attention are Surf sport performance and sport expertise.

  • Amy Peden: Research Manager Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) Australia, Risk factors Drowning.

  • Joel Pilgrim: Founder and CEO of mental health charity, the Waves of Wellness (WOW) Foundation.

  • Dion van de Schoot, MD: Emergency Medicine Doctor, Co-founder of Surfing Medicine International, Advanced Surf Life Support Instructor.

  • Justin Scarr: CEO Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) Australia, Drowning Prevention, Global Policy, Impact on global health.

  • Josh Secomb: Strength and Conditioning Coach for Queensland Academy of Sport.

  • Andrew Schmidt, MD: Academic Expert on Drowning, founder of Lifeguard without borders.

  • Prof Brian Tissot: Marine Ecologist, focused on scientific research that improves the understanding, management and conservation of marine ecosystems.

Interactive learning / EXPO

Next to the lecture programme, the World Conference | EXPO on Surfing Medicine will provide an unique learning environment for the participants to interact with experts, get hands on skills in outdoor and real test setting.

1) Small group Q&A with expert + anatomical models

2) Demonstration + Q&A with expert

3) Master class session small lecture environment

4) Testing & Learning (Training & Performance)

5) Skill Stations : Drowning Resuscitation, Surf First Aid, Lifeguarding / Water Safety

6) Abstract and community project presentations

7) Exhibitor Stands

Platform / Abstracts

The WCSM provides platform for students and professionals to present their community projects, research or inspiring story around Health & Injury Prevention, Training & Performance, and the Ocean Environment.

Present your work on WCSM 2019:

Abstracts on medical research: case reports, review, original studies

Abstracts on sports & environmental science

Community projects relevant to ocean/ surf sport and the above topics

Inspiring stories connected to Surf Life / Surfer’s Health & Injury / Ocean Environment

Send you poster / presentation to conference@surfingmed.com to win a fantastic prize for the best contribution to WCSM 2019.

Check www.surfingmed.com for more information

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