Conferences

AIS / SMA Symposium 2016: ‘Silent Contributors to Illness, Injury, and Performance’ (Day 1)

The 2016 Australian Institute of Sport / Sports Medicine Australia Symposium took place on March 18 & 19, exploring the theme of ‘Silent Contributors to Illness, Injury, and Performance’. Given the calibre of presenters in attendance, I’ve been looking forward to this event for some time and I can safely say that the wait has been worth it!

Here are my sketchnotes from Day 1, including highlights from presentations by:

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“Predictive modelling: Pitfalls and possibilities” (Video)

I had quite a few people interested in my recent presentation on “Predictive modelling: Pitfalls and possibilities”, delivered at the 2014 Applied Physiology Conference for the National Institute Network. So…I decided to record a version of it for those who weren’t able to attend 🙂

Darren Burgess: “Making Sense Of The Data: For You And Your Coach” (Catapult Performance Workshop 2014)

At last week’s Catapult Performance Workshop, Dr Darren Burgess (@darrenburgess25) was on hand to deliver an address to open the day’s proceedings.  Darren spoke on the topic of “Making Sense Of The Data: For You And Your Coach”, a timely presentation given the staggering volume of data collected and the increasing use of sophisticated analytics in sport.  Here are my sketchnotes from Darren’s presentation:

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Grace Vincent: “Fighting Fires and Fatigue: Sleep Deprivation and Firefighter Physical Performance” (SLEEP 2014 Conference)

Recently, Grace Vincent (@PhDSleepy) delivered a podium presentation at SLEEP 2014 – the most prestigious sleep research conference in the world – where she presented findings from her PhD research examining sleep deprivation and firefighter physical performance.  Grace is a great mate of mine and a fellow PhD student within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences; her commitment to scientific integrity provides a benchmark for my own work.  Here are my sketchnotes from her presentation:

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Mike Joyner: “The Inactivity Epidemic”

This year’s Exercise and Sports Science Australia conference kicked off in fine fashion, with the opening keynote provided by Dr Michael Joyner from the Mayo Clinic.  Mike’s talk was engaging, clear, but also forward-thinking.  We know that physical inactivity is a problem of epidemic proportions, so what needs to be done is for us all – researchers, clinicians, policy makers, corporations, families, adults and children alike – to put our energies towards solutions.  I found it refreshing to hear such a prominent scholar and physician proposing dramatic and large-scale interventions; if we are to reverse the damning inactivity trend, we need to aim high, think big, and integrate our actions across all sectors.

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Andy Franklyn-Miller: “Managing Performance Teams and the Quest for Marginal Gains”

A great privilege to attend Tuesday night’s professional development session organised by Suki Hobson (@sukihobson), featuring Andy Franklyn-Miller (@afranklynmiller). Drawing from his wide-ranging experiences working with high performers in sport and in business, Andy shared his beliefs about what makes (and sustains) a world class performance team. Here are my sketchnotes from the evening. Thanks Suki and Andy for hosting an insightful session!

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“Publishing Your Work”: ACSMS 2013 Workshop

Workshops can provide some of the most informative and useful learnings throughout a conference, or at least that has been my experience so far.  The opportunity to discuss and debate ideas in a small group on a well-defined topic is a recipe for success.

At this year’s Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, my PhD Supervisor Paul Gastin (@paulgastin) and I attended the “Publishing Your Work” workshop.  The workshop was jointly-facilitated by Greg Kolt (University of Western Sydney), Kim Bennell (University of Melbourne), Evert Verhagen (Vrije Universiteit Medical Center Amsterdam), and Gordon Waddington (University of Canberra), all of whom have editorial involvement with prominent sports science and sports medicine journals such as the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.  I took away some great insights from the session which I am pleased to share here (in sketchnote form, naturally), with permission from the workshop facilitators:

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Neuromuscular Plasticity to Training: ACSMS 2013 Keynote by Prof Per Aagaard

The keynote presentations from this year’s Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport were well-chosen, in terms of topics and presenters.  As someone who is only moderately familiar with this topic, I found Per Aagaard’s presentation on neuroplasticity and human movement performance (specifically muscular power development) to be well-targeted, particularly given the variety of disciplines represented in the audience.  Also, kudos for delivering this keynote presentation barefoot, with the cuffs of his trousers rolled up…!  The things you can get away with when you are conferencing it up in tropical Phuket 😛

Here are my sketchnotes from Per’s presentation:

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Tendinitis to Tendinopathy: 2013 Refshauge Lecture by Dr Craig Purdam

Here are my sketchnotes from Craig Purdam’s fascinating Refshauge Lecture at this year’s Australian Conference of Science in Medicine in Sport.  Craig elaborated on the history of tendinopathy research, demonstrating great respect for the work that has gone before while outlining how the past has informed our present-day understanding of tendinopathy and its remaining mysteries.

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Core Stability: “Myth or Reality? Does It Matter?” – by Evert Verhagen at ECSS 2013

One thing I really enjoy about attending big conferences is the opportunity to learn from researchers in disciplines related but distinct from my own. The keynotes and invited presentations are particularly good opportunities to do this. It’s like turning up for lectures from a course you’re not enrolled in 😉

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