Dear colleagues,

Dear coaches, parents, athletes and sports managers,

Children and adolescents are the future of our nations, and their athletic endeavors and prowess will be hailed in the coming years, especially in the French part of Switzerland as Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud will be hosting the 2020 Youth Olympic Games.

The field of sports and exercise medicine has seen tremendous development in recent years, and has seen the appearance of many high quality conferences and education opportunities around injury and illness prevention, treatment, performance support and development. However when one looks at specific issues and concerns around young athletes, there seems to be a high demand for accessible education opportunities and knowledge exchange for all stakeholders in youth sports, with few existing venues.

Our aim is to bring together the experts on the some of the key topics around young athlete development and care, and share their expertise and unanswered questions with the athletic community, from coaches to managers, trainers and doctors, therapists and parents alike. Topics will include athletic and biological development, sports nutrition and sports psychology for youth, injury prevention, traumatic and overuse injuries, fatigue and recovery management and will try to address the complex challenge of bringing it all together.

For all those who work with young athletes, the imperative of performance is ever present, but we know that there is no performance in the presence of injury, illness or inadequate physical or mental readiness. We hope to engage the local, national and international youth sports community , and look forward to welcome you in the magnificent lakeside town of Montreux.

Boris Gojanovic,  Chair, Scientific Committee

Frédéric Koehn President, Organizing Committee