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Fighting (Physical) Inactivity (3 important conference dates!): Committee of the European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians

10 Aug, 14 | by BJSM

By Dr Amir Pakravan

Physical inactivity is the fourth risk factor for mortality in the world and responsible for 6% of deaths globally.

globe_diversityHealthcare costs of physical inactivity are immense. Inactive adults spend up to 38% more days in hospital and it is estimated that physical inactivity is the main cause for up to 25% of colon and breast cancer burden, 27% of diabetes burden, and 30% of Ischaemic Heart Disease burden.

There are very well documented health benefits of physical activity in prevention and effective management of more than 20 different specific  medical conditions.

The fighting Inactivity Committee (FIC) of the European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) has the mission of promoting physical activity across Europe at the population level and among healthcare professionals.

We believe physical activity is most effective when incorporated into daily life. We have the long term aim to promote, support, and contribute to relevant research, guidelines, and policies across Europe by proactive involvement with such activities and acting as a European hub for information exchange.

ECOSEP-FIC recently achieved Observer Membership of the WHO European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA Europe) which in addition to significantly raising the FIC status, would enable ECOSEP to officially associate with HEPA Europe and participate in its annual meetings and other activities.

The FIC Chair will be representing ECOSEP in the HEPA Europe 2014 Conference in August in Zurich where he will also present on a study of Exercise Referral Schemes delivery in Suffolk, England.

ECOSEP-FIC is proactively looking for educational opportunities where it can help promote the role of physical activity in healthcare.

“Wales Exercise Medicine Symposium,” September 2014 in Swansea is a high profile event endorsed by ECOSEP and organised by FIC member, Dr Bryn Savill. The event follows on the success of the first Symposium in 2013, and aims to display the best talent in the “Exercise is Medicine” field in Europe. This will be of interest to a large contingent of sport and exercise, and healthcare professionals.

The “PRACTICE SEM Conference” in October 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal, is another high profile event endorsed by ECOSEP and organised by Dr Jorge A Ruivo, also a member of FIC, which aims to promote discussion around therapeutic effects of physical activity, exercise, and sport on a wide range of public health issues. This year will focus on the latest trends in innovative training methodologies and physical activity interventions applied to patients with or at risk of chronic disease.

The “2014 ECOSEP Sport and Exercise Medicine Student Congress” in association with Queen Mary, University of London, in November also includes dedicated sessions on the role of Exercise Medicine component of SEM practice.

For further information about these and other ECOSEP-FIC activities please visit the relevant websites below.

FIC welcomes ideas and collaboration proposals from sport and exercise advocates, interested health professionals, and academics. To further support and expand our range of activities, we invite sponsorship offers that fit with the ECOSEP mandate.

References and weblinks:

1) Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health. World Health Organization 2010

2) 10 Facts on Physical Activity. World Health Organization website accessed Jul 2014.

3) Lee IM, Shiroma EJ, Lobelo F, et al; Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group. Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: an analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy. Lancet. 2012 Jul 21;380(9838):219-29.

4) ECOSEP website accessed Aug 2014.

5) WHO-HEPA Europe website accessed Aug 2014.

6) University of Zurich, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine – HEPA Europe 2014. Website accessed Aug 2014.

7) Eventbrite, Wales Exercise Medicine Symposium. Website accessed Aug 2014.

8) PRACTICE website accessed Aug 2014.


Dr Amir Pakravan is a Sport and Exercise Physician and the Chair of ECOSEP Fighting Inactivity Committee.   

The ECOSEP/ Bauerfeind Traveling Fellowship Program 2014: Apply until February 28th!

16 Jan, 14 | by Karim Khan

ECOSEP labelFrom many highly qualified applicants from different countries throughout Europe, ECOSEP: The European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians and their hosts from the leading European Sports Medicine Centres will select the Travelling Fellow on the basis of excellence in their personal and professional capabilities. The Travelling Fellow will represent her or his own country and showing leadership skills, will act as ECOSEP’s ambassador on tour and be committed to the continuing development of Sports and Exercise Medicine in Europe in the future.

Results of the Selection of Traveling Fellowship Participants 

The participants will be selected for their potential of a SEM career and their outstanding professional capabilities. We hope that they shine on the tour, making both friendships and important professional connections in the different centres and setting a high standard for future travelling fellows as part of ECOSEP/Bauerfeind.

Fellow Requirements

  • The candidate is a Medical Doctor and ECOSEP member in good standing.
  • A full ECOSEP member has the priority followed by the ECOSEP Associated members.
  • The applicant should be up to 40 years old.
  • The applicant should be involved in medical care of high level competitive sports with a track record of personal experience.
  • The applicant will ideally have done SEM specific research with publications (in press acceptable) and/or oral presentations in scientific meetings.
  • The applicant should be within the last two years of specialist training for SEM.
  • Candidates undergoing specialisation training for disciplines different from SEM (e.g. orthopaedic surgery or internal medicine) must show that their respective training centres have a key focus on SEM.

A CV is required, an application letter from the candidate, and two recommendation letters from their trainers. Also the Applicant candidate must include his/her proposal for a scientific research topic during the Travelling fellowship. This means, looking at a sport related problem, ideally relevant in all visited host centres. This must include an outline of the proposed study with reference to the literature.

The committee will select the candidate for the ECOSEP travelling fellowship who best fulfils the demands as listed above. The committee points out that there might be occasions when an apparently better qualified candidate is turned down as in their judgment the chosen fellow has more to gain from this unique experience. The selected candidate will present an account of their travel to the QMUL 2013 SEM congress after their Travelling Fellowship, and will submit a written report to the selection board within 3 weeks of having completed the Fellowship.


Please submit all applications to by 28 February, 2014.

Travelling Fellowship ECOSEP Committee

 Chair: Prof Nicola Maffulli (UK)

 Members: Prof John. King (UK), Prof Heinz Lohrer (GER), Prof Antonio Turmo (SPAIN), Dr Aideen Henry (IRE), Dr Stefano Della Villa (ITA),Dr Nat Padhiar , Dr Nikos Malliaropoulos (GR), Mrs Elizabeth Crane (UK).

Sports Medicine Centers

 London SportsCare – London Independent Hospital.

 Institute for Sports Medicine (SMI) Frankfurt am Main

 High Performance Center (CAR of Sant Cugat-Consorci Sanitari of Terrassa) University of Barcelona

 Isokinetic Medical Group –Bologna.

 National Track & Field Centre, Sports Medicine Clinic S.E.G.A.S, Thessaloniki, Greece.


 Submission date: 28th February 2014.

 Announcement of selected candidate: 31th March 2014.

 The Traveling Fellowship will finish at the 16th Annual Scientific Meeting in

SEM QMUL 2014.

Time table

 Thessaloniki 17 – 25 May 2014

 Barcelona 27 – 31 May 2014

 Frankfurt 3 – 7 June 2014

 Bologna 10 – 14 June 2014

 London 2-6 September 2014

16th Annual Scientific Meeting In SEM QMUL 2014 September, 2014

Call for papers – The ECOSEP BJSM Judo and Martial Arts Issue 2013

2 Apr, 13 | by Karim Khan

ECOSEP  Invites  Submissions for December BJSM Issue (open to authors from all countries)

JudoWe are putting together articles for an ECOSEP Judo and Martial Arts issue which will be published by the BJSM in December, 2013. We are particularly interested in articles that may influence the current practice of sports medicine and welcome submissions on a broad range of topics. Our main focus will be on Judo, but we are also interested in the other martial arts, and hope to cover sports injuries, as well as nutritional and weight management issues in these sports.

However, we also encourage any sports scientists who have done research in this area to submit articles for consideration. 

Original research involving Judo, as well as reviews and educational pieces relevant to other martial arts are welcome.  All authors will have to comply with the normal BJSM online submission process and all articles will be subject to peer review.

If you have a paper you would like to submit (or are in the process of completing relevant research) please contact Nikos Malliaropoulos (

NB. All articles must to be submitted online via the BJSM website by July 1st 2013 –  (click the ‘Submit a paper’ tab)

We look forward to hearing from you and to an excellent ECOSEP Judo and Martial Arts issue!

Nikos Malliaropoulos – ECOSEP Secretary

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Vote now! 2102 BJSM cover competition

12 Dec, 12 | by Karim Khan

‘Tis the season to vote for your favourite BJSM cover….

At BJSM we value the artistic merit of our covers, and the opinions of our readers. Here is the second annual BJSM cover competition. You (and your friends) will have five rounds of opportunity to vote for your favourite cover. The winner of each preliminary round will move to the final, sudden death round.

In last year’s exciting final round, Superbowl, Grand Final, and Champion of Champions League Cup, South Africa (South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA)) Congress issue (June 2011) defeated the UK (BASEM’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Conference issue) (July 2011)). A good reminder to rally your networks!

We will have prizes in the final round, but more on that in a few weeks! For now, vote for your favourite cover from January – March 2012. (Remember that there are 16 issues a year of BJSM – because of our links with the IOC and their 4 issues dedicated to Injury Prevention and Health Promotion – see the Olympic Rings on those issue covers).

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ECOSEP Congress September 9th-11th, 2010, London

28 May, 10 | by Karim Khan

ECOSEP Congress is an international interdisciplinary event which is held every two years and attracts over 400 participants from all over Europe.

This year it will take place with the 12TH Annual Scientific Conference in Sport & Exercise Medicine, Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London.

The 2nd ECOSEP congress will be held in London 9-11th September 2010. Prof  Nicola Maffulli, Dr. John King , Prof Charls Galasko, Prof Karim Khan, Dr. Nat Padhiar, Zoe Hudson, and Dr. N Malliaropoulos form part of the organising committee and we welcome contributions from Sports Medicine physicians, Physicians, Rehabilitation medicine physicians, Orthopaedic surgeons, Podiatrists, Podiatric surgeons, Academics, Researchers, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Manual therapists, and Exercise therapists.

This will be an important meeting which we hope will galvanise sports physicians into action in preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Organising and Scientific Committee welcomed you to join participate as a delegate or as an Oral or Poster presenter.

ECOSEP Congress 2010

30 Aug, 09 | by Karim Khan

We would like to invite you to join us in London UK Queen Mary for the 2nd ECOSEP Congress European College of Sport & Exercise Physicians, 12th Annual Scientific Conference in SEM.

This international interdisciplinary Sports Medicine congress held every two years, attracts over 400 participants from all over Europe and welcomes sports medicine physicians, physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, academics, researchers, physiotherapists, osteopaths, manual therapists, exercise therapists rehabilitation medicine physicians and students.

For more information and to submit and abstract visit the conference website: OR

To view and download a PDF, click here.

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