World Conference 2019 – Abstract

The SMI would like to invite all participants to send their abstracts for short presentations to us at We challenge you to present your research or case report on Surfing Medicine and to win a fantastic prize for the best academic contribution to Surfing Medicine!

This year our science team will select out the best and most innovative research and invite them to take centre stage on the podium to share their work with the conference! So get your abstracts in to be in for the chance. The deadline for submissions is March 20th 2019.

Abstract submission details

How to submit an abstract for poster presentation

  1. Title: a concise title that captures the essence of the project
  2. Authors and affiliations
  3. Main Abstract

a. The abstract should follow the format of: ’Introduction’, Methods’, Results’, Discussion’ and ‘Conclusion’

  • Introduction: Outlining the question, review the problem, purpose of the study
  • Methods: Research design; setting; patients enrolled and selection procedure/inclusion-/exclusion criteria; specific methods of data collection, description of the intervention, outcome variables and explanation how these variables are measured, explanation of (statistical) analysis, statistical methods
  • Results: Report of the findings of the study based upon the methodology,
  • Discussion: state major findings, explanation of results, references to previous research, study limitations, suggestions further research perspectives,
  • Conclusion

b. The abstract may not exceed 400 words (excluding title, authors and affilitations)

Poster presentation

Selected authors will be informed about the lay-out/content of the poster presentation by email.

Poster specs

  • Posters should A2 format size paper
  • Posters should be designed and presented vertically
  • The poster should contain the following items:
    • Authors and co-authors with their affiliations
    • Title, Aim and main outcome of the study should be clearly stated
  • Your poster can be set up from Wednesday 10th of April from 14:00
  • Your poster has to be removed Saturday 13th of April, before 18:00. If your poster is not removed, we will discard of it for you.

Best poster will win a prize!


2018-Abstract Winner

2018 – Shotaro Ishida

The winner of the abstract prize was Shotaro Ishida from the Department of Orthopedics at Miyazaki university, Japan. His research focused on the relationship between radiographic findings of lumbar spin instability and MRI findings for disc degeneration in pro surfers. He found there is a link between lumbar instability and disc degeneration. Further it seems that not only hyperextension of the lumbar spine (i.e. with paddling) but also flexing (during pop-up) affects the lumbar spine.

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