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Daniel Coyle in The Talent Code1 talks of hotbeds of talent such as Spartak Tennis Club in Moscow and the ‘footsal’ fields of Sao Paulo producing talent well in excess of expectations. He extends the story to Florence in the Renaissance from which came Michelangelo, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo – a remarkable pool of excellence! There are certain centres in the world, where a collection of factors combine to make them special, whether it be coaching, learning, drive, ambition or just something in the water.
There are also hotbeds of sport and exercise medicine talent such as the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne and the Oslo Sports Trauma Centre, Norway (http://www.ostrc.no). Here, a collection of individuals including Roald Bahr and Lars Engebretsen along with Paul McCrory and Kim Bennell with international colleagues have inspired, driven and rolled out significant work, much greater than larger institutes because the ‘climate is right’. In the UK, we are perhaps yet to find the right climate, but the time is surely now in the build up to the London 2012 Games.
When the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine launched UKSEM, its interdisciplinary world class sports and exercise medicine conference in 2010, the aim was to create a world class event by bringing together not just physicians, but the full multidisciplinary team including coaches, athletes, conditioners, physiotherapists and soft tissue therapists among many. The aim was to re-create that climate of talent, to build performance not just in the athlete, but in the whole support staff, to find answers, challenge concepts and new solutions. London 2010 was a great success with 700 delegates and 100 speakers in Sport and Exercise from all over the world. 2011 launches new innovations such as installment payments, …