• SASMA 2017 Cape Town

    24 - 27 October 2017

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Call for abstracts

  • The Scientific committee invites the submission of abstracts to be considered for oral and poster presentations.
  • The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 11 August 2017. Registrars and post graduate students are specifically invited to present.
  • Please click here to submit your abstract. Faxed abstracts will not be accepted.
  • All appropriate abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. All abstracts received will be acknowledged, and authors will be sent acceptance or rejection letters by the 31 August 2017. Please note that authors of accepted abstracts must be registered delegates. All costs, including registration, are for the authors own expense.



  1. Each abstract must clearly state the following:
    1. Abstract title (the title of the abstract must not exceed 25 words)
    2. Name of list of author(s). The name of the presenting author must appear first in the list of authors.
    3. Affiliation of author(s).
    4. Contact details of first author (telephone numbers, e-mail address etc)
  2. Abstracts must be typed in English, single line spacing, Arial font size 12.
  3. The body of the text must not exceed 350 words (this excludes the information listed in point




Original research


Abstracts should summarize the content of the article in 350 words or less, and structured according to the following:

Title This should be clear and concise, whilst providing sufficient information about the study

Introduction/background This should provide background as well as a brief motivation for the study and should end with the aim or purpose of the study

Methods This should include the study design, if not mentioned already, and should succinctly summarize the methods used, data collection and intervention type

Results: Report the most important results of the study and report actual values as well as p-values where appropriate

Conclusion This should link to the aim of the study or original hypothesis and address issues of clinical relevance as well as future recommendations.

Case study/s


The case study abstract/poster should be a real-life sports medicine/physiotherapy/Biokinetics/allied health case, and submitted as an individual case study. Cases of particular interest include: controversial cases, common problems with uncommon presentation, uncommon problems with common presentation, or illustrative cases of common problems.

Format of the abstract
Word count: 350
It should have the following headings:

Title (descriptive title which should provide enough information regarding the case. Please indicate in the title if this is a case study)
Case history
Physical examination / findings
Differential diagnosis
Test / results (such as MRI, x-ray etc)
Final diagnosis / outcome
Return to activity

Example of a case study abstract (taken from acsm.org)
Call for abstracts




All authors whose submissions have been accepted for oral presentation will be informed by 11 August 2017.

Case Presentations (Clinical)

You should use the following format for your case presentation (NOTE = 10 minutes total):

  • Case history, initial physical exam, panel questions (4 minutes).
  • Labs, x-rays, course of treatment, return to play, panel comments (4 minutes).
  • Comments from the audience (2 minutes).
  • Time your presentation carefully. If you should exceed the allotted time for any section, the chair will stop you mid-presentation.

Case presentations are a framework for discussion, and presenters are strongly discouraged from lecturing on their topic. Include one slide at most, designed to cover teaching points, only if the diagnosis is unusual. It is expected that should the presenter begin to lecture on the topic, the chair will intervene and continue the discussion in a more informal manner.

Research and Scientific Presentations

Presentation of the scientific papers in an oral session will be limited to 5 minutes, followed by a 2 minute discussion period (7 minutes total). Time limits will be strictly enforced, and speakers should prepare their presentations accordingly. Speakers will then join a session panel at the end of the oral session for a further 15 minutes of overall discussion. Speakers are encouraged to stay to the end of their session to participate in the panel discussion.

Poster presentations

Poster specifications:

If your abstract is chosen as a poster presentation, bulletin boards will be provided for you to mat your poster materials. Each bulletin board will be assigned 4 poster spots (2 side-by-side spots on each side of the board). You will be designated a space to hang your poster. Please do not allow your poster to exceed 3.5' x 3.5' OR 42" x 42" size or it will encroach on the neighboring poster space.

Posters will be group according to themes and presenters will be allocated a time slot at which they will be expected to be at the poster during that viewing time to present their findings and answer any questions.

All accepted abstracts will be published without further editing. Abstracts that do not adhere to the specific format will not be published.