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.
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!
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:
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:
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.
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 😉
What a privilege to see Bengt Saltin presenting the Honorary session on the final day of the European College of Sports Science Congress 2013. Seems a very humble man, despite the incredible impact and apparent timelessness of the work he has done, from the early part of his career until now. I was amazed to see the very elegant way he links basic mechanisms to human performance. We could all do with more of this capacity to zoom the lens in AND out, so that we make interpretations and recommendations with consciousness of the micro and macro worlds.
More sketchnotes, this time from the be active 2012 symposium, “Sports Medicine and Sports Science in 2012 and Beyond”. The session featured a clutch of big-hitters: Prof Karim Khan, Prof Jill Cook, Prof Malcolm Collins, and Prof Roger Enoka. Such a privilege to hear the thoughts of these highly respected and active scholars on what sports medicine and sports science has been able to achieve, and what is next for our fields…
By the way, I’ve been delighted to receive such lovely comments and emails about my sketchnotes! Many have asked how I do it, and I’ve been meaning to write a workflow blog post for a while now so that will be coming up in the next week or so, providing greater detail about my sketchnote and mind map processes. But for now, here’s the short version!
Option 1: pen and paper
It often surprises people to find out that I love writing and working with a physical pen and a sketchbook, given my online presence. Admittedly, there is an element of new media to the process:
- Step 1 – create a mind map or sketchnote using pen and paper.
- Step 2 – use my smartphone (Android) to digitise each page using CamScanner.
- Step 3 – export to PDF from within CamScanner, and share the file to relevant platforms (e.g., a note management system like Evernote, my blogs, Twitter, etc.).
Option 2: iPad
I’ve recently acquired an iPad and I quite enjoy using it. Though I love the romanticism in putting pen to paper, the digitising process can be tedious, particulary with extensive sketchnotes spanning many pages. The iPad addresses this problem quite nicely:
- Step 1 – create a mind map or sketchnote within the GoodNotes app for iPad, using a stylus (this is critical if you are a neat freak like me!)
- Step 2 – export to PDF from within GoodNotes, and share the file to relevant platforms.
One of the most interesting sessions I attended at be active 2012 was Thursday’s symposium on “Social media and other information technology platforms for sports medicine and injury prevention”, which featured presentations and a discussion with Prof Karim Khan, Prof Caroline Finch, Prof Evert Verhagen, Dr John Orchard, and Mr Nello Marino. The social media presence at be active was well-planned and well-executed, capitalising on the groundswell of interest in the integration of web tech into sports research and practice. The popular interest was no better displayed than by the fact that the social media symposium was standing room only for the whole 1.5 hour session! Aaron Fox and myself were busy bees throughout the session, trying to stay on top of our live blog, live tweeting, and sketchnoting. It was also heartening (and meta) to see many audience members live-tweeting the session as well. Really interesting insights from all presenters, drawing from their personal experiences of incorporating social media and Web 2.0 tools into their workflow. Here are my sketchnotes:
You can follow the speakers on Twitter as listed below.
Prof Karim Khan: @BJSM_BMJ
Prof Caroline Finch: @CarolineFinch
Prof Evert Verhagen: @EvertVerhagen
Dr John Orchard: @DrJohnOrchard
Mr Nello Marino: @SMACEO
My sketchnotes from Prof Karim Khan’s entertaining and insightful plenary keynote, delivered last week at be active 2012 (Sydney, Australia). I never get tired of hearing successful individual’s thoughts on success – how do you foster it, how do you sustain it, how do you avoid the dysfunctions that detract from success? Karim touched on all of these and more, drawing from his extensive experiences as a sports physician and researcher. You can follow Karim on Twitter: @BJSM_BMJ.