ABSTRACTS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Abstracts can be submitted as RESEARCH ABSTRACTS or CASE STUDIES (oral and poster presentations). All submissions will be considered for oral presentations, please indicate in your submission if you do not wish to submit orally.

Submissions for all presentations are now open, closing 13 June 2022.

The Women in Sport Congress is calling for abstract submissions for the inaugural congress to be held in Melbourne at the MCG, Wednesday 17th August – Friday 19th August. This congress brings together leading clinicians and practitioners, with world-class researchers from around the world. Our goal is to provide practitioners and researchers with cutting edge, novel research findings, alongside best practice management tips.

The Congress is multi-disciplinary, and the organisers encourage abstract submission from all fields of research that involve women in sport. Themes for the congress include:

  • Leadership & inclusion
  • Menstrual health
  • Performance / Coaching
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy, pelvic floor and breast health
  • Women and girls of all abilities

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS CLOSE MONDAY JUNE 13th2022.

This document provides guidance and information for submission of abstracts for WISC 2022.

Please ensure that you have read these abstract submission guidelines.

  • Invitation to submit
  • Key dates
  • Abstract submission requirements
  • Types of presentations
  • Recommended format
  • Requirements for online abstract submissions
  • Post abstract submission
  • Selection criteria
  • Reviewing/scoring
  • General information Invitation to submit

 

INVITATION TO SUBMIT

Research abstracts will be judged by the WISC Congress Program Committee, and may be awarded an ORAL PRESENTATION or a POSTER PRESENTATION.

We are also encouraging CASE PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes presentation including question time) where clinicians and practitioners are invited to present interesting examples of their work with women in sport (from the elite to community settings). This could involve an interesting diagnosis or case, or an example of real world implementation.

The Congress will have six (6) themes under which presentations will be classified. When submitting your abstract please consider which of these themes would best reflect the content of your presentation:

  • Theme 1 Leadership & inclusion
  • Theme 2 Menstrual health
  • Theme 3 Performance/Coaching
  • Theme 4 Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Theme 5 Pregnancy, pelvic floor and breast health
  • Theme 6 Women and girls of all abilities

 

KEY DATES

DATE
ACTIVITY
31 APRIL
Abstract submission open
1 MAY
Early bird registrations open
13 JUNE
Abstract submissions close
JUNE
All submitting authors notified of submission outcomes
1 JULY
Deadline for authors to decline presentation offer
JULY
Authors contacted with presentation time
4 JULY
Early bird registration extension for abstract presenters closes
4 JULY
Date by which presenters must be registered in order for their presentation details to be included in printed program
17-19 AUGUST
Congress

 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • The abstract must be written in English.
  • All research abstract submissions will be considered for oral and poster presentation. Please indicate when submitting if you do not wish to present your research orally.
  • Please make the title of your research brief and informative. The title should clearly indicate the nature of your research/presentation. The title must be no longer than 15 words.
  • Data must be included within the abstract (quantitative, qualitative or mixed) so that the scientific committee can make a meaningful decision about inclusion.
  • Figures are not permitted in the abstract
  • The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the Congress, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract
  • The presenting author must register and pay to attend to present at the Congress by 4th July 2022.
  • You give permission for your accepted abstract submission to be published in the Congress handbook and Congress app.
  • You confirm that the submission has been approved by all authors.
  • All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by a panel of reviewers. Accepted abstract will be allocated in the relevant session/s. This review process allows for a fair and equitable process, building the integrity of the program. Please note: you are not required to register as a delegate in order to submit an abstract, but once accepted the presenting author MUST register as a delegate.

 

RESEARCH ABSTRACT PRESENTATION

Recommended Abstract formatting

The abstract must be no longer than 300 words including subheadings. All submissions will be considered for oral presentations, please indicate in your submission if you do not wish to submit orally.

The abstract must be structured, and the following headings used: Background, Aim/Objective, Design, Participants, Methods/procedures, Primary outcome measures, Results and Conclusion.

  • BACKGROUND
    • One or two sentences.
  • AIM/OBJECTIVE
  • DESIGN
    • E.G., type of trial/observation/qualitative design (may include blinding, control groups etc)
  • PARTICIPANTS
    • Include recruitment, eligibility, inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • METHOD PROCEDURES
  • PRIMARY OUTCOMES MEASURES
  • RESULTS
    • Report the main findings
  • CONCLUSION
    • Please only report conclusions that are supported directly by the data presented in the abstract. Please provide information about how this data may contribute to clinical practice or whether further research is required and what that might look like.

Research Abstract Template

 

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION

Abstract formatting

The abstract must be no longer than 300 words including subheadings.

  • CLIENT/ATHLETE/PARTICIPANT/TEAM BACKGROUND/HISTORY
    • Limit the background to clinically relevant information. Ensure you identify relevance to congress themes.
    • What is the problem you were trying to solve?
  • ASSESSMENT FINDINGS (IF RELEVANT)
    • Describe the clinical reasoning which guided your decision. What assessment tools were relevant.
  • INTERVENTION (IF RELEVANT)
    • Mention your goals and intervention program.
  • OUTCOME
  • DISCUSSION
    • In the discussion, you summarise the whole experience and share what you have learnt.
  • TAKE HOME MESSAGES
    • Provide 2-3 take home messages that can be translated into practice

Case Study Example
Case Study Presentation Template

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Written clearly and concisely
  • Title clearly describes the work being presented
  • A clear purpose is stated
  • Relevance to the nominated Congress 2022 topics/themes (must be related to women in sport)
  • Method/approach applied appropriate to aims
  • Evaluation/analysis and results appropriately applied and interpreted
  • Relevance and implications to Women in Sport Theme clearly expressed

NB. Submissions are NOT required to be solely research-based – we invite you to share your idea, initiative, achievement, or research.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

When completing the submission process, you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood the general guidelines/information and the requirements you are expected to fulfil.

  1. The Congress 2022 language is English, and all abstracts and presentations must be made in English.
  2. A written abstract must be submitted for each proposed presentation.
  3. Abstract submission will only be accepted via the conference email womeninsportcongress@latrobe.edu.au
  4. The abstract submission site will be open until 13 June 2022. Any papers received after this date will not be accepted.
  5. It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.
  6. All submissions should be related to at least one of the nominated themes. Please choose the theme which best relates to the subject of your abstract.
  7. Only one presenting author per paper is permitted. Only one author may present the abstract. If no author is available to present the abstract will be withdrawn. Any changes to the presenting author will need to be notified directly to the WISC committee. Changes will be incorporated into the final program if there is sufficient time, but thereafter no further changes will be reflected in the program.
  8. Notification of outcome will be sent to the submitting author. Please note that only the submitting author will receive email correspondence concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing all co-authors of the status of the abstract.
  9. Speakers are responsible for providing all copyright permissions for material included in their abstracts and presentations.
  10. The author presenting the paper must register to attend the Congress 2022 and be available to participate in the program at the time scheduled.
  11. The scheduling of all presentations will be determined by the Congress Committee to ensure best fit with the overall Congress 2022 program. Any requests for specific dates and times will not be considered.
  12. PowerPoint is the preferred format for all presentations.
  13. Please note that some sessions may be video recorded.
  14. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Congress 2022 electronic abstract book and app.
  15. All presentations during the Congress 2022 must include the same content and follow the same outline as that described in the submitted and accepted abstract.
  16. An honorarium, fee or payment of expenses will not be provided for abstract presentations.
  17. Any source of funding or support for the work being presented and conflicts of interest should be acknowledged.
  18. All decisions of the Congress Program Committee are final. We look forward to receiving your submission.

For any enquiries, please contact Sallie Cowan via womeninsportcongress@latrobe.edu.au

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Abstracts MUST be submitted to at least one of the five themes of the conference:

Following the abstract submission deadline, each submission will be scored by a reviewing committee, with accepted abstracts considered for the final program.

Deadline for submissions is midnight Monday June 13 2022 (AEST), editing of submitted abstracts will NOT be permitted after this date. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference e-Book as submitted.

PREPARATION:
• All abstracts must be prepared in English
• Abstracts MAY NOT:  advertise a commercial product, contain tables or graphics

FORMAT:
• Your abstract should be formatted in upper and lower case. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT IN CAPITALS
• Title: no more than 15 words
• Co-authors: you may enter a complete list of co-authors. Affiliations should be included, however you should only use institutional names and country (no postal addresses)
• Body: no more than 250 words (including sub-headings)

SUBMISSION:
• Abstracts must be submitted using the online submission system – or via email
• All abstracts must be submitted online by the deadline – midnight June 13 2022 (AEST). Late submissions will not be accepted.
• By submitting an abstract you agree to it being added as part of a downloadable e-Book (featuring program and abstracts) both on the conference website and in the conference app.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
• Accepted authors must be a registered and paid delegate
• All presentations will be via PowerPoint slides

SUBMISSION PROCESS:
The submission process is online, with easy to follow steps. The process will work with any browser and the system will let you know if there is a problem with your browser version.

 You are able to submit an abstract without registering as a delegate, however it is a condition of having your abstract accepted and included in the conference program that you are a registered and paid delegate.