OCI Science and Medicine Conference

December 2, 2014

The second Rio 2016 Team Ireland Sports Medicine and Science Conference will be held in Malahide on the 5-6th December 2014.

The conference is run in collaboration with the Irish Sports Institute and Sports Institute NI.

It will be an opportunity to share best practice and up date on Olympic Games planning.

The Conference theme is: “Optimising Health to Maximise Performance”

Key objectives for 70+ service providers in Olympic sport high performance programmes attending the 2 day conference are:

  • Community Building and Ownership – bring the core medical and science community working with the Olympic sports together
  • Knowledge Exchange – provide a forum for sharing of knowledge and information
  • Olympic Focus – Update on preparations for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016
  • Medicine and Science  – revisit the Medicine and Science Strategy for Rio 2016 and other major Games
  • Key Dates – identify programme of events and key dates up to Rio 2016


Science and Medicine Strategy 2013-16

The OCI Medical and Science Rio Strategy Group document and work programme is aimed at the delivery of Medicine and Science services for the Rio 2016 Olympics, building on the success of the London Strategy.  The group consists of Professor Sean Gaine (Chair), Dr Rod McLoughlin, Aidan Woods, Dr Giles Warrington, Sharon Madigan, Niamh Fitzpatrick , Ciara Losty, Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty, Stephen Martin and Martin Burke

Specific Objectives:

  • To further develop and enhance established systems and structures which enable the OCI Medical and Science team to work seamlessly with the National Governing Bodies of Sports, The Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) and Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI).
  • To review the defined roles, responsibilities and functions of each member of the OCI Medical and Science team and ensure they are effectively communicated to all members of the Irish Olympic Team and their wider support network (i.e. athletes, coaches, team leaders, performance directors and medical and science support personnel).
  • To develop medicine and science specific strategies that address the medical and science challenges of a multisport team participating in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • To ensure the entire team have all the medical and science information required to perform to their optimum (development/collation of necessary information based on needs analysis) and the dissemination/communication of same (communication strategy).
  • To develop people with the capacity to provide a professional and quality based medical and science support service to Team Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which is athlete centred, ethically based and seeks to enhance performance.
  • To establish a multidisciplinary training camp prior to the Rio Games for the optimal preparation of the Irish team.
  • To develop a review process to enable the OCI to evaluate the performance of its own medical and science processes and working with the Institute of Sport and Sports Institute of Northern Ireland develop a process to debrief and support athletes in the post games period.
  • To create a legacy building model of leading medicine and science practice for future Olympiads.

The OCI Medical and Science service provider conference of December 2013 was attended by 65 service providers from IIS, SINI and National Federations. Future conferences are planned for 2014,15 and 16 with key themes

  • December 2014   ‘Optimising health to maximize performance’
  • December 2015 ‘Psychological preparation for Rio,
  • April 2016 ‘Peaking for Performance in Rio’.
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