OCI Science and Medical Conference 2015

November 13, 2015

The next Olympic Council of Ireland Science and Medical Conference “Readying for Rio” will be held on the 27th November  2105.

Its an opportunity to bring together a range of support service providers from National Federations, Sports Institutes and the Olympic Council.

Key Outcomes of the conference will be:

Community Building and Ownership – bringing the core medical and science community working with the Olympic sports together

Knowledge Exchange – providing a forum for sharing of knowledge and information

Olympic Focus – updating on preparations for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016

 As per 2013,2014, 65 practitioners working within Olympic Sports high performance support services have registered to attend the 3rd conference in this Rio 2016 Olympic Cycle.

Guest speakers include Prof. Jason Ellis and Dr Jack Lambert. There will be the highly popular “elevator pitches” session and of course updates on Ireland’s preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


9.30-10.00 Arrival and Coffee
10.00-10.10 Welcome to the Conference and Overview of the Day Stephen Martin CEO
10.10-10.40 Rio Update Kevin Kilty  Chef De Mission
10.40-11.00 Break and Coffee
11.00-11.45 Keynote 1:  Sleep, and nutrition issuesProf Jason Ellis
11.45 -12.30 Keynote 2: Infection (vaccinations, Dengue, hygiene, STDs)Dr Jack Lambert
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15:00 Elevator PitchesPre Competition tapers don’t work”“The 30 minute Psychologist works”

“Mental toughness is innate not learned”

“The clean diet is the prerequisite for performance”

“Fit to compete – medics have no role”

15:00-15:45 Group Reflections
15:45-16:15 Break and Coffee
16:15-17:00 Keynote 3: Psychology related issuesProf Jason Ellis
17:00-17:15 Summary and Close

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 conferences are attended by 65 service providers from IIS, SINI and National Federations.

December 2013  “Promoting a Multi-disciplinary Approach to Service Delivery”

December 2014 ‘Optimising health to maximize performance’

December 2015 ‘Readying for Rio,

April 2016 ‘Peaking for Performance in Rio’.

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