Three SAMRC scientists present at the joint BRICS and SASMA conference

Three scientists from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) made presentations to an international audience at the joint 18th Biennial Congress of the South African Sport Medicine Association (SASMA) and the BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science (BRICESS) Conference held recently in Cape Town.

Themed: Holistic Health, Sport Science and Sustainability: The Way Forward, this first time in history joint conference sought to provide a platform for researchers, scientists, academics and professionals from BRICS regions to present their innovative research in the field of Sports Science and Medicine. During the three days, delegates took a deep look into various themes such as exercise for health, musculo-skeletal conditions, prevention of injury and illness, peak performance, pain management, energy availability, environmental challenges and advanced technology.

This information sharing platform took a form of keynote lectures, mini-symposiums, colloquiums, clinical case studies, panel discussions and poster presentations, to address themes which not only focused on athletes in the elite space, but also on recreational athletes of all ages, across genders and with different physical abilities.

The SAMRC trio, Warren Lucas from Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit (ATODRU), Sonja Swanevelder and Charl Janse Van Rensburg both from Biostatistics Research Unit (BRU) made these oral presentations:  

  • Sonja presented on: “Are Training/Running history, Chronic diseases and Medication use risk factors for injury prone runners? - a SAFER study in 75421 race entrants”
  • Charl presented on: “Is the risk of injury in a Super Rugby season increased by injury in the preceding season?”
  • Warren presented on: “The physical, cognitive and socioemotional health benefits of sport participation for young people in South Africa.”

Warren Lucas, who is also a member of SASMA says it was a privilege to present at this conference and adds that it is a great platform for thought-provoking interactions.

“The conference provided us with an opportunity not only to exchange new ideas, share knowledge and experiences with our industry peers and leaders, but also to establish research relations and to find global partners for future collaborations,” he said.

In line with the SAMRC’s commitment to the enhancement of the quality of life of all South Africans, Lucas says physical activities and sport have a big role to play in contributing to this.