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Prevention in sports

15 november 2022

This symposium has taken place.


On Friday, November 4th, AHCSS, one of the 11 accredited IOC Research Centres, organized the first edition of the “Prevention in Sports” symposium. A day to meet, connect, and discuss our collective drive and motivation to protect the health of athletes.

The symposium looked back on 7 years of “Athlete health research,” during which researchers and professionals from the sports field shared their knowledge. Approximately 100 attendees were present to listen to the (inter)national speakers who delivered a total of 6 lectures and 3 workshops, held in 2 different halls.

The day concluded with a debate titled “Prevention in Sports: “Where Do We Go From Here And How Do We Get There,” moderated by Prof. Dr. Willem van Mechelen. At the end of this debate, van Mechelen was appointed as a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion for his significant contributions to sports medicine, public health, and occupational medicine. Van Mechelen is a national and international expert in the field of healthy lifestyle, sports injury prevention, and work and health.

“To celebrate our past years of athlete health research, we invite you to join us on a reflection and a look forward” – Prof. Dr. Evert Verhagen

All sessions were livestreamed, with around 500 people watching online. It was the first event organized in the new AISS Hub.



  • Managing The Athlete’s Healthy Performance
    Amy Arundale – Red Bull Athlete Performance, Austria

  • The Female Athlete’s Health
    Kirsty Elliot-Sale – Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


  • Detecting And Responding To Harassment And Abuse In Sport
    Tine Vertommen – Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Belgium


  • The Future Of Injury Prevention Research
    Caroline Bolling,  Femke van Nassau

  • What We Know About Cartilage
    Jari Dahmen, Sjoerd Stufkens


  • Depression In Elite Sport: Testimony From An Olympic Champion
    Vincent Gouttebarge, Stefan Groothuis


  • All About The Hamstring
    Guus Reurink, Anne van der Made

  • Next Level Return To Sports
    Ali Gokeler, Igor Tak

  • Working With Elite Athletes
    Babette Pluim, Bibiane Schoofs

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