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The FINA World Sports Medicine Congress occurs every four years and reviews the latest scientific evidence in the field of aquatic athlete health and performance.

In 2016, the 18th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress takes place as part of the 4th FINA World Aquatics Convention in Windsor, Canada (3-5 December 2016), and is supported by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM).

We are pleased to confirm that the Congress has been certified by The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CPFC) for up to 11 Mainpro+ credits.

The two-day Congress, under the general theme Swimming For Gold, Swimming For Life, gathers sports medicine physicians, sport scientists, health professionals and coaches, and is expected to welcome over 400 delegates from across the globe.

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Saturday 3 December
Sunday 4 December

09:00-09:15 – Welcome and Official Opening

Dr. Julio Maglione, FINA President – View speaker profile

Dr. Margo Mountjoy, FINA Bureau Liaison (CAN) – View speaker profile

Dr. Lee Schofield, Chair Scientific Organising Committee (CAN)

09:15-09:45 – Bleasdale Memorial Lecture

Dr. Alan Vernec, MD, Dip. Sport Med. WADA Medical Director – View speaker profile

(Introduced by Dr Cees van den Hoogenband, Chair FINA Sports Medicine Committee (NED))

09:45-10:30 – Session 1: Protecting the Aquatic Athlete: FINA Initiatives

Chair- Dr. C.R. van den Hoogenband Chair FINA Sports Medicine Committee (NED)

09:45-10:10: Eating for Gold! Nutrition for the Aquatic Athlete
Dr. Ron Maughan, University of Aberdeen, (GBR) – View speaker profile

10:10-10:30: Aquatic Injury and Illness Prevention: The Past and the Future
Prof. Astrid Junge, University of Hamburg (GER) – View speaker profile

11:00-12:30 – Session 2: Preserving Athlete Health and Performance: FINA Initiatives

Chair- Prof. David Gerrard, Vice Chairman, FINA Sports Medicine Committee (NZL) – View speaker profile

11:00-11:30: How Hot is Too Hot? Open Water Swimming in Warm Temperatures
Prof Jim Cotter, Otago University, (NZL) – View speaker profile

Dr. Carl Bradford, Otago University, (NZL) – View speaker profile

11:30-12:00: How Cold is Too Cold? Research Determinates of Cold Water Swimming
Mrs. Jane Saycell, Portsmouth University (GBR) – View speaker profile

12:00-12:15: Every Breath Counts! Asthma in Endurance Swimming
Dr. Margo Mountjoy, McMaster University, (CAN) – View speaker profile

12:15-12:30: Injury Prevention: Knowledge Translation for Athletes and Coaches
Dr. Saul Marks, University of Toronto, (CAN) – View speaker profile

14:00-15:30 – Session 3: Sport Science: 'The Cutting Edge: The Latest in Aquatic Sport Science'

Chair – Dr. Kevin Boyd – Member, FINA Sports Medicine Committee (GBR) – View speaker profile

14.00-14.10: Introduction to Sport Science Sessions
Dr Lee Schofield, Scientific Organising Committee, (CAN)

Dr Cees van den Hoogenband, Chair FINA Sports Medicine Committee, (NED)

14.10-14.30: Peaking in Team Sports (or, Let’s do the WIST: Sport Science to Enhance Water Polo)
Dr. Inigo Mujika, (ESP) – View speaker profile

14.30-14.50: The Difficulty of Measuring Difficulty: Synchronized Swimming
Dr. Mickael Begon, Synchro Canada, (CAN) – View speaker profile

14.50-15.30: Sport Science Free Papers (4 @ 10 min each)
Moderator: Dr. Inigo Mujika, (ESP) – View speaker profile

Aquatic Based Exercises After Total Knee Replacement, Is It Beneficial?
Dr. Sharafat Vaziri

Exercise induced Bronchoconstriction or Vocal Cord Dysfunction in Elite Competitive Swimmer
Dr. Marcun

Pregnancy and Reproductive Outcomes in Elite and High-Level Recreational Athletes: 
A survey of Female Canadian Masters Swimmers
Dr. Mahmoud

Influence of Oxidative and Glycolytic Capacities on the Muscular Energy Metabolism 
and Performance in 200M Freestyle Swimming: A Case Study
Sebastian Weber, STAPS (GER)

16:00-17:00 – Session 4: The Science and Medicine of Anti-doping

Chair – Dr. Jose Veloso, Member, FINA Sports Medicine Committee (URU)

16:00 – 17:00 Panel Series: “The future of anti-doping in sport” An innovation in PED tracking (15 min)
Prof. Anne Snowdon, University of Windsor (CAN) – View speaker profile

Therapeutic Use Exemptions: Medical Guidelines (15 min)
Prof. David Gerrard, WADA TUE Chairman, (NZL) – View speaker profile

FINA’s anti-doping strategy (15 min)
Prof. Jordi Segura, FINA DCRB Chairman (ESP) – View speaker profile

Discussion / Q&A

09:00-10:40 – Session 5: Improving Aquatic Athlete Performance: Recent Innovations in Sport

Chair Dr. Saul Marks – Honorary Secretary, FINA Sports Medicine Committee (CAN) – View speaker profile

09.00-09.20: Cardiac Screening in Swimming
Dr. Nathan Riding, ASPETAR (QAT) – View speaker profile

09.20-09.40: Prevention of Lumbar Injuries in Diving
Dr. Koji Kaneoka, (JPN) – View speaker profile

09.40-10.00: RED-S in the Aquatic Disciplines: Diagnosis, Treatment, Return to Play
Dr. Margo Mountjoy, McMaster University (CAN) – View speaker profile

10.00-10.20: Paralympic Swimming Sport Medicine
Prof. Wayne Derman, University of Cape Town, (ZAF) – View speaker profile

10.20-10.40: Aquatic-specific Return to Play Model for Concussion
Dr. Suzanne Leclerc, (CAN) – View speaker profile

11:00-12:30 – Session 6: 'Enhancing Performance with Golden Sport Science and Medicine!'

11.00: Welcome and Introduction
Chair Dr. Margo Mountjoy, FINA Sport Medicine Bureau Liaison – View speaker profile

11.00-11.30 Eating to Win! Nutrition for Aquatic Coaches
Prof. Ron Maughan, University of Aberdeen, (GBR) – View speaker profile

11.30-12.00: Open Water Swimmer Safety: Coaches’ Role
Prof. David Gerrard, University of Otago, (NZL) – View speaker profile

Dr Kevin Boyd, (GBR) – View speaker profile

12.00-12.30: The Traveling Aquatic Athlete: How to Keep Them Healthy
Prof. Wayne Derman, University of Cape Town, (ZAF) – View speaker profile

13:30-15:30 – Session 7a: Pool-based Workshops

Chair Dr. Lee Schofield, Chair Scientific Organising Committee, (CAN)

13.00 – 13.30
Transportation to the Aquatics Centre

(Choice of 3 from 5 Workshops (20 min each))

Workshop A: In the flick of a wrist:  how to prevent career-ending wrist injuries in diving
Dr. Saul Marks, University of Toronto (CAN) – View speaker profile

Workshop B: In-Water Retrieval & Resuscitation
Dr. Kevin Boyd (GBR) – View speaker profile

Dr. Mohamed Diop, Senegal

Workshop C: Composing training series based on VO2 and lactate kinetics
Prof. Ricardo Pinto Fernandes (POR) – View speaker profile

Workshop D: Optimizing performance through nutrition
Dr. Sherry Robertson (CAN)

Workshop E: Metabolic Profiling in elite swimmers – testing in the pool to determine aerobic & glycolytic capacities
Sebastian Weber, STAPS (GER)

14:00-15:30 – Session 7b: 'Enhancing Performance with Golden Sport Science and Medicine!' (continuation)

Chair Dr. Farhad Moradi – Member, FINA Sports Medicine Committee (IRI)

14.00 – 14.25: The winning mental game
Prof. Peter Jensen Ph.D, Founder, Performance Coaching Inc. – View speaker profile

14.25 – 14.50: Coaching young athletes: the IOC Youth Athlete Development Model
Prof. Jean Côté Ph.D, Director, Queen’s University, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies – View speaker profile

14.50 – 15.15: Maximising taper in Aquatics
Dr. Iñigo Mujika, Sports Training and Physiologist, Iñigo Mujika Physiology and Training – View speaker profile

16:00-17:20 – Session 8: Sport Science: 'The Cutting Edge: The Latest in Aquatic Sport Science!' (continuation)

Chair Dr. Ivan Ortiz, Member, FINA Sports Medicine Committee (COL)

16.00-16.20: Are the New Starting Block Facilities Beneficial for Backstroke Start Performance? (Biomechanical Evaluation for Perfecting Swimmers’ Technique)
Prof. Ricardo Fernandes, University of Porto, (POR) – View speaker profile

16.20-17.20: Sport Science Free Papers (6 @ 10 min each)
Moderator: Prof Ricardo Fernandes, (POR) – View speaker profile

Sources of Self-Efficacy in a Competitive Diving Sample
Dr. Pattinson

The Swim Drink Study: A Randomised Controlled Trial of During-Exercise
Rehydration to Enhance Performance
Dr. Briars

The Use of Dietary Supplements and Medications by
Athletes at the 15th FINA World Championships
Dr. Reed

Systemic and Airways Oxidative Stress and Th2/Th1 immunological
Shift in Competitive Swimmers Training in Indoor Chlorinated Swimming Pools
Dr. Skrgat

17:20-17:30 – Closing Remarks and Presentation of Cameron Award

Dr Lee Schofield, Chair Scientific Organising Committee

Dr. Cees vd Hoogenband, Chairman: FINA Sports Medicine Committee

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