The ICSEMIS scientific programme provides a unique multi-disciplinary perspective on significant and contemporary and important issues in sport and exercise. A wide range of sessions will be delivered in both interdisciplinary and single discipline format to provide critical thinking from world leaders across the full spectrum of disciplines and professions involved in sport and exercise including: science, medicine, social science, pedagogy, management, faith and law. These sessions will include: keynotes, symposia, debates, master classes, workshops, roundtables and ‘meet the experts’.
The following sub-themes represent areas of focus from which the programme will be structured. They encompass a broad interpretation of the subject areas which will be delivered with examples including but not restricted to:
Issues related to athlete welfare including: the social, cultural, pastoral, educational, ethical, psychological, psychiatric or biomedical aspects of wellbeing and support for athletes; the behavioural and relational parameters of critical relationships in sport (athlete/coach, athlete/parent, athlete/athlete etc.); the particular eligibility and developmental dilemmas associated with elite status; and policies and systems for harm prevention.
Eligibility and Inclusion
Issues related to the structures and organisation of sport for all from grass-roots to elite level including: age and weight categories, assumptions of gender binaries, disability classification systems, professional/amateur distinctions, social class boundaries, national identity criteria, competition rules, cultural values, and specifications for social inclusion programmes. Consideration will be given to the consequences of these criteria for sports participation and competition, training programmes, diet, technologies, funding, social exclusion, identity politics and athlete wellbeing.
Issue related to elite sport performance including; the identification, training, coaching and management of talent; performance enhancement through technologies including legal and illegal performance enhancing aids, and injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and the science of doping. The influence of gender, religious, racial, cultural and class differences are considered in the context of elite performance.
Governance and Policy
Issues related to the ways in which sport at a local, national, regional and international level is organized and managed, systematic procedures for evaluating policy alternatives, decision making, how policy directs, redirects or constrains social, political and economical behaviour. The power and authority in sports organization including: structures, mission, vision, membership, elections and policy making.
International Sports Development and Management
Issues related to the role of sport and management practices in different cultural and international contexts. To be considered is the link between sport and child/youth development, peace building, disaster-response, disability, health, gender and economic development; Factors affecting the management of health, fitness and sport programmes and organisations in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors including strategic and operational management, marketing and evaluation.
Major Sporting Events
Issues related to the social, political, economic, marketing, environmental and organisational aspects of major sporting events. The planning, delivery, governance, legacies and research of major events in the context of urban regeneration, city marketing, delivering wider social and political agendas, sports development and the global-local nexus. Issues related to sport and commercialization sport-media-business relationships. Sport as a consumer product including: merchandising, media, advertising, corporate sponsorship; sports agents and the control of players; sport business.
Issues related to the study of the teaching process focussed on physical education, games and sport in the education system. Examination of quality physical education across the life-span around the world related to time allocation in the syllabus, facilities, teachers training, safe environments and the impact of gender, faith, race, culture and class differences.
Physical Activity and Health
Issues related to the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellbeing through increasing levels of physical activity and decreasing sedentary time; the use of physical activity in the treatment of medical conditions; the epidemiology of physical activity; public health issues relating to physical activity; inequality issues in the patterning of physical activity levels; measurement issues relating to physical activity; the use of technology in the promotion of physical activity; lifespan considerations in the promotion of physical activity. The influence of gender, religious, racial, cultural and class differences in the context of physical activity.
Sports Medicine and Injury Prevention
Issue related to the development, provision and outcome of sports medicine in the elite and non-elite sporting arena including training and competition, with special interest in injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The influence of gender, religious, racial, cultural and class differences in the context of sports medicine and injury.
Sport and Faith
Issues related to the interface between sport and exercise, and spirituality and religion including: the role of faith in sport and physical activity; faith work in sporting communities; sport, heath care and wellbeing; local sports ministry; chaplaincy and the welfare of elite athletes; and the role of pilgrimages.