Dear Participants, Dear Friends,

Welcome to Antalya for the 2017 IOC Advanced Team Physician Course.

The protection of athletes’ health is a number one priority for the International Olympic Committee and its Medical and Scientific Commission, which I have the privilege to Chair.

In addition to our efforts to protect clean athletes, we also continue to work closely with medical and sports science experts from around the world to share the latest insights into the field of injury and illness prevention in sport, as we strive to keep the athletes as fit and healthy as possible.

Sharing this knowledge and establishing concrete measures will be the main focus of this 9th edition of the IOC Advanced Team Physician Course. This course is geared towards the practical issues of working with high-level athletes in a team sports setting.

You will learn from the best! Together we will address controversial topics and present new evidence on diagnosis and treatment. Together we will challenge existing dogma.
Apart from our scientific discussions, we will have the opportunity to foster networking thanks to a social programme which – I am convinced – will receive your approval just like at previous editions.
I would like to thank all the organisations involved in staging this course alongside the IOC for their support.

Our wish is to further build with all of you, dear participants, the most effective education and knowledge in the important field of protecting athletes’ health.

I look forward to your active participation and the discussions, and to seeing you all in Antalya in November 2017.

My best wishes to all.

Prof. Dr UÄźur Erdener
IOC Medical & Scientific Commission Chair