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Sports Medicine Australia and COVID-19: providing ‘virtual’ support to the sports community
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  1. Andrea Britt Mosler1,
  2. Liam Richard West2
  1. 1 La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University College of Science Health and Engineering, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, Northcote, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Britt Mosler, La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University College of Science Health and Engineering, Bundoora VIC 3086, Australia; abmosler{at}hotmail.com

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The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the global sporting world with events and competitions postponed or cancelled. The impact on elite athletes, sporting organisations, people working in sport, and community-level sport has been extraordinary. While Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) has similarly faced considerable challenges, opportunities for the organisation to adapt and redirect its focus have presented as a result of the pandemic.

SMA education goes online

The cancellation of the 2020 annual SMA Conference was a difficult, but essential decision as the health and welfare of attendees was prioritised. The next annual conference will be held in Melbourne in October 2021, with dates soon to be confirmed. Additionally, all face-to-face service and education delivery was suspended during the lockdown empowering SMA to explore online professional development options.

At the commencement of the COVID-19 shutdown, SMA recognised the need to support and provide opportunities for engagement within the sports community. SMA has provided freely accessible, high quality online education content through pre-recorded …

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