17th ESSKA Congress in Barcelona: almost 4,500 Delegates!
The 17th ESSKA Congress took place in Barcelona from 4-7 May 2016, providing an excellent educational platform to the world’s leading sports medicine experts in knee surgery, orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopy.
With an overall number of 3,800 delegates from more than 85 countries, and more than 600 industry representatives, the congress proved not only its consolidation but its continuous growing!
The Congress was opened by a group of renowned orthopaedic surgeons which leading by example cycled from Amsterdam to Barcelona in order to promote motion and exercise as an important prevention tool and to raise funds for the ESSKA Foundation.
Following the opening 23 instructional course lectures, over 40 symposia, 13 keynote lectures, 9 affiliated societies round tables, debates, case discussions, and 5 highlight lectures among other sessions composed an outstanding scientific programme. By presenting their latest product developments and services, the exhibiting companies supported the success and appeal of the ESSKA Congress essentially.
ESSKA showed its commitment to medical education and networking across Europe presenting a new concept of roundtables and debates in close collaboration with its 34 National Affiliated Societies. The roundtables of ESSKA’s Affiliated Societies created very interactive sessions with follow-up discussions allowing three to four societies to discuss a topic of general interest.
Jin Hwan Ahn from South Korea, Peter Angele from Germany, Richard Villar from the United Kingdom, John Karlsson from Sweden and Vicente Sanchís Alfonso from Spain highlighted the congress with their invited lectures.
The Comprehensive Sports Medicine Review Course had its own full-day programme, and the young residents were represented with their association (FORTE). The nurses also had for the first time their own course on Friday. With almost 100 participants the nurse course was a great success.
This time ESSKA contributed with a fascinating sports physical therapy programme covering the latest science in sports rehabilitation and return to sport, presented by renown specialists in the field.
Another highlight of the congress were the ‘Cadaver-lab Pre-Courses: Knee and Shoulder’, which took place at the Medical University of Barcelona on 2-3 May. The courses offered residents and surgeons with less than five years’ experience of clinical practice the opportunity to work with experienced surgeons and top level arthroscopic equipment in small groups, providing an excellent training. With an outstanding faculty the pre-course had a great success and was unanimously claimed by the participants.
The four live surgical demonstrations brought the audience directly to the operating table, observing the latest procedures for ACL reconstruction, shoulder-instability, ankle and degenerative-knee prosthetics.
Over 700 posters and videos with technical tips-and-tricks were presented on state-of-the-art e-poster terminals throughout the congress offering the perfect platform to discuss new findings and exchange ideas among authors and congress visitors.
And after the busy congress, on Friday evening it was time to celebrate and acknowledge supporters and valuable members of ESSKA at the ESSKA Dinner & Party. During this fantastic evening at the spectacular Sala Oval of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), not only the ESSKA Awards were presented but also the very successful project ‘Cycle for Science’. Following the presentation of the project, a tombola and an auction were held during the dinner generating great enthusiasm among the participants and raising funds for the ESSKA Foundation with prices such as a cross country bike, a shirt signed by Novak Djokovic or a shirt signed by Lionel Messi!
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ESSKA and Intercongress go to Scotland in 2018! We look forward to have the congress hosted by Glasgow, 9-12 May 2018. You can find information and updates on the congress website. See you in Glasgow in 2018!