By Martin D. Hoffman
We are pleased to announce that the 4th Annual International Congress on Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports will be held as a 1-day pre-conference to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The congress date is Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
With only 1 day for this Congress, we have an intense and exciting agenda. Attendees will also find a colloquia entitled “Medical Coverage of Ultramarathons” during the ACSM meeting. Please join us for both of these programs. Further details on the Congress program and registration are available at: http://ultrasportsscience.us
Scientific abstract and case studies submissions for the Congress on Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports will follow a separate process from that for the ACSM meeting. Accepted abstracts will be published in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Submission deadline is March 1, 2017. For process details go to: http://ultrasportsscience.us
The intent of the Congress – as the name implies- is to bring together clinicians actively involved in providing care for ultra-endurance athletes and scientists performing research related to these activities. The Congress has been attracting key players in this regard, particularly as related to ultramarathon running. It’s probably fair to refer to the Congress speakers as the “rock stars” of ultramarathon science and clinical care. Details on the programs and published abstracts from past Congresses can be found at the following site: http://ultrasportsscience.us
Introducing the Ultra Sports Science Foundation
As in other areas of exercise and sports science research, securing proper funding for research related to ultra-endurance sports is often a challenge. This limits the number and types of studies that are undertaken. A new non-profit foundation, the Ultra Sports Science Foundation (www.ultrasportsscience.org), will hopefully provide at least some relief in this regard. An intent of this foundation is to become a viable funding source for research related to ultra-endurance sports. The foundation also has an educational mission, and now oversees the annual Congress on Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports. If you are aware of individual or corporate connections who might value contributions to this organization, please contact me.
Martin D. Hoffman, MD, FACSM
Congress Program Director
Founding Member, Ultra Sports Science Foundation