XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming

BMS2014 will be held in Canberra, Australia 28 April - 2 May 2014.

The Australian Institute of Sport together with Swimming Australia and the John Curtin School of Medical Research, takes great pleasure in hosting the XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming.

Please visit the BMS2014 conference website for more details including registration and abstract submission.

For all inquiries please email: BMS2014@ausport.gov.au

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Message from the CEO of the Australian Sports Commission, Simon Hollingsworth

Simon Hollingsworth

I would like to warmly invite you to Canberra for the Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming Conference to be held at the Australian Institute of Sport from 28 April to 2 May 2014.

As a sport, swimming has a proud tradition in Australia.  As a nation surrounded by water, Australians are traditionally taught to swim at a young age as a matter of safety and enjoyment.  With the support of their dedicated parents, and inspired by Australia's great Olympic and Paralympic swimming heroes, many children continue into the competitive ranks.  It is often here that youngsters first engage in the 'science' of swimming.  Through their coaches, youngsters learn to refine their techniques and understand how they can propel themselves through water faster.  Of course, Australia is extremely fortunate to have coaches who undergo excellent training, including understanding the science of swimming and athlete preparation for international competition.  However, we are well aware that the science of swimming does not stand still.  It is therefore exciting for the Australian Institute of Sport to host this conference and encourage scientists to push the boundaries of what is known about swimming.

I believe this is only the third time that this international conference is to held outside of Europe.  I can assure you that in terms of combining science and swimming, Australia is a great choice of destination.  I invite you to come and see for yourself. 

Message from the Director of the Australian Institute of Sport, Matt Favier

Matthew Favier

It is a rare occasion when the Australian Institute of Sport opens the doors to international visitors to Australia's finest high performance swimming pool.  The pool, which opened in 2006, is a working scientific laboratory dedicated to swimming.  Under the leadership of Dr Bruce Mason, the AIS created the Aquatic Testing, Training and Research Unit (ATTRU) to understand more about how to make swimmers swim faster.  Australia relies on Olympic and Paralympic medals from swimming and the AIS remains committed to sharing the outputs of our research with the entire Australian swimming network.  As more nations become competitive in swimming, Australia needs to respond.  Part of our response is a major investment in understanding the science of swimming.

Even though competitive advantage is important, the AIS has always acknowledged that more can be achieved by sharing with competitor nations, than focussing entirely on domestic expertise.  In the 90s, the AIS welcomed Alex Popov to train alongside our athletes.  One of the AIS' greatest athletes Michael Klim, openly admits that the experience of sharing a pool with Popov accelerated his development.  To this day, Klim's opening world record swim in the 4 x 100m relay at the Sydney Olympics is part of many Australians' favourite sporting memories.

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming Conference at the AIS in April 2014.

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