CALL FOR ABSTRACT

We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the 6th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport which will be held on October 29th – October 31st, 2020 in Paris, France.

You are invited to submit an abstract of original research related to sport concussion for consideration as a poster presentation at this meeting. The main topic areas have been determined by the organising committee and reflect key consensus questions to be discussed. Posters on concussion topics other than these may still be considered for inclusion at the meeting.  The principal consensus themes include:

  • Concussion Definition
  • Sideline Screening
  • Follow up Post-Injury Evaluation
  • Rest & Exercise
  • Treatment / Rehabilitation
  • Persistent Symptoms
  • Recovery
  • Return to Sport
  • Residual / Long Term Effects
  • Retirement
  • Risk Reduction / Prevention

PLEASE NOTE: Subject to peer review, abstracts presented elsewhere will be accepted.  However, this work must not be published as a full paper in a journal by the time of the meeting or have appeared in print elsewhere (except in abstract form) prior to the meeting.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The deadline for abstract will remain open until a decision is made regarding the scheduling of the meeting. Abstracts will only be accepted via the Internet. NO exception will be made for late abstracts.
  • Abstracts will be published electronically in a special themed issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • The abstract must be written in English. If English is not your first language, please have it reviewed by a language editor.
  • Authors will be informed of the decision of the Scientific Committee. Abstracts will be accepted as poster presentations. Two or three abstracts that rate the highest in each category may be invited for a short oral presentation.
  • Make the title brief, but informative, clearly indicating the nature of the investigation / presentation. Do not capitalise the title!
  • Objective data MUST be included so that the reviewers can make a fair and meaningful appraisal.
  • Abbreviations are allowed, but must be clearly defined.

GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

All abstracts will undergo peer review.  Decisions on acceptance will be made, after which the presenting author will be notified. The presenting author will be required to register for the meeting. PLEASE NOTE: Registration at the meeting will be limited.  Space for other authors to register will be determined after the number of accepted abstracts has been confirmed.

All authors are also required to provide clear disclosure of any competing interests (relevant relationships or potential conflicts of interest) as part of the online submission.  The abstract will be rejected if the disclosure form is not filled in and uploaded by all authors.  (If there are no competing interest, it should be stated in the form).

To submit your abstract online, please follow the instructions:

  • Insert affiliations for each author
  • Insert the corresponding presenting author name, highest academic degrees and associate the affiliations
  • Insert the co-authors name and associate the affiliations
  • Select the category that best describes the abstract
  • Insert the abstract Title
  • Insert the body (That must be submitted in the format described as below in the ABSTRACT FORMAT SECTION.)
  • Upload the Competing Interest disclosures for each author (If there are no competing interest, it should be stated in the form)

ABSTRACTS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE REQUIRED FORMAT WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE REJECTED WITHOUT REVIEW.

ABSTRACT FORMAT

The author names, affiliations and abstract title will be entered directly on the submission page.  For the body of the abstract, you must submit a structured abstract (max. 250 words) including all the following, where appropriate:

  • Objective: clear statement of main study aim and major hypothesis/research question.
  • Design:e.g. prospective, randomised, blinded, case control.
  • Setting: level of care (e.g. primary, secondary) or number of participating centres. Generalise; don’t use the name of a specific centre, but give geographical location if important.
  • Participants: numbers entering and completing the study; sex and ethnic group if appropriate. Clear definitions of selection, entry and exclusion criteria.
  • Interventions (or Assessment of Risk Factors): what, how, when and how long (this can be deleted if there were no interventions). For observational and other studies, clearly state the independent variables.
  • Outcome measures: planned (i.e. in the protocol) and those finally measured (if different, explain why). Clearly state the dependent variables.
  • Main Results: with 95% confidence intervals (for quantitative studies) and, where appropriate, the exact level of statistical significance and the number need to treat/harm. Whenever possible, state absolute rather than relative risks.

Conclusions: primary conclusions and their implications, suggest areas for further research if appropriate. Do not go beyond the data in the article.

In addition, please insert the presenting author name, highest academic degrees, address and email address (not counted in the 250 words).

Where applicable, trial registration: registry and number (for clinical trials and, if available, for observational studies and systematic reviews)