• SASMA 2017 Cape Town

    24 - 27 October 2017

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Letter Of Invitation

Integrate. Accelerate. Elevate.

On behalf of the 2017 Congress Committee, we are thrilled to invite you to the 17th  Biennial Congress of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA). The Congress will be held from 24 – 27 October 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, and promises to be a Sports Science and Exercise Medicine showstopper! 

SASMA is a multidisiciplinary professional and scientific society dedicated to co-ordinating, integrating and optimising medical, scientific and educational services in sports, exercise and health in South Africa. The theme for 2017 is “Integrate – Accelerate –Elevate”, and aims to emphasise the importance of integration across various platforms in order to accelerate and improve outcome and elevate performance.  The topic of integration has never been more relevant in sport, particularly interdisciplinary integration, cultural integration and integration with technology. A thoughtfully crafted programme will thread together themed academic content, skills workshops, and panel discussions that will inspire and empower clinicians, academics, learners and leaders. 

Pre-congress workshops (24 October)

  • Advanced manual upper and lower limb techniques
  • Fieldside Emergency Care 
  • Exercise is Medicine

Congress Highlights (25 – 27 October)
Clinical Themes at the Congress will Include:

  • Pre-participation screening  -  What’s in and what’s out? The debate continues 
  • Sports Cardiology Symposium
  • Paediatric Sports Medicine and Kids Health
  • The Female Athlete
  • Paralympic Medicine and Biomechanics
  • Trends in Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Specific Sessions with interdisciplinary presentations and panel discussions
  • Exercise for Disease Prevention, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Hands-On Workshop
  • Eye Opening Case Studies

In addition, we are excited to present as “New to SASMA”, the following symposia:

  • Technology in Sport and Health Care
  • Leadership in Sport – Elevating the Game

We would like to extend a special invitation to postgraduate students, and in 2017, have committed to elevating our student game! Not only have we improved the platform for student presentations, but we have also included numerous opportunities to connect with mentors, and a social function geared to faciliate networking amongst peers. Learners can look forward to:

Student Oral Presentations

  • Poster Presentations 
  • Future Leaders cocktail function for post graduate students
  • Student Lounge

To deliver this rich and dynamic content, we are proud to announce the following confirmed international and local speakers:

  • Dr Aurelia Nattiv, Professor and Director at UCLA Metabolic Bone and Osteoporosis Centre. Specialist: Female Athlete Triad. 
  • Dr Blaise Williams, Associate Professor in Physical Therapy and Director at VCU Run Lab
  • Ms Leslie Bonci, Registered Dietician (Sports Nutrition) and owner of Active Eating Advice
  • Dr Frank Dick, Former Director of coaching for UK Athletics
  • Prof Kathryn Ackerman, Medical Director of the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children's Hospital, Associate Director of the Sports Endocrine Research Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 
  • Prof Angela D. Smith, orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty interest in sports and exercise medicine at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. 
  • Professor Tim Noakes, Emiritus Professor in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town. Author: The Real Meal Revolution.
  • Dr Jon Patricios, Director at Morningside Sports Medicine, SASMA Past-President, Extra-ordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria
  • Prof Wayne Derman, Director of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Stellenbosch University, Co-Director of the South African IOC Research centre for Injury Prevention and Prtotection of Health of the Athlete
  • Prof Efraim Kramer, Professor of Emergency Medicine, FIFA Football Emergency Physician, Extra-ordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria
  • Dr Michael Turner, Medical Director at The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation, Harley Street, London


Beckoning all professionals involved in sport and exercise – clinicians, academics, learners and leaders! 

Let us integrate to accelerate and elevate the future of sport.


Phatho Zondi
SASMA President
Pierre Viviers
SASMA President-Elect