Any proceeds from the Congress support the missions of the Ultra Sports Science Foundation.
The Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on the enhancement and distribution of scientific and medical knowledge related to participation in ultra-endurance activities. The three main areas of emphasis are:
1. Solicit, fund and facilitate relevant research related to ultra-endurance sports.
The Foundation supports basic, applied, clinical and behavioral research associated with ultra-endurance sports. Research directly applicable to ultra-endurance sports, as well as research using ultra-endurance activities as models for other physiological or psychological stress, is of interest. The Foundation will also consider supporting sociological, environmental and economic related research that is relevant to ultra-endurance sports.
The purpose of the Foundation Research Program is as follows:
- Expand research funding opportunities for studies in ultra-endurance sports
- Promote high quality and publishable research
- Propose and solicit specific lines of research
- Facilitate research at different ultra-endurance events
- Monitor and record outcomes of the funding relative to publications and presentations
The Foundation will support this program through corporate and individual donations. A Research Committee composed of scientists with combined expertise across the broad scope of ultra-endurance sports science oversee the Foundation Research Program by establishing solicited research areas and determining which grant submissions will be supported through a formal grant submission process.
2. Disseminate new knowledge related to ultra-endurance sports.
New knowledge related to ultra-endurance sports will be disseminated through the following means:
- Organization of the annual Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports Congress to reunite the leaders in research and medicine to present new information to athletes, coaches, scientists and clinicians.
- Development of on-line learning opportunities covering the areas of medical care and scientific investigation related to ultra-endurance sports.
3. Enhance the health and safety of those participating in ultra-endurance sports.
The Foundation will enhance the health and safety of ultra-endurance sports participants through the following means:
- Facilitate the development of medical guidelines that will address the medical needs during and immediately after ultra-endurance events. These guidelines will serve as resources for race and medical directors in their development of safety and medical protocols at their events. Such guideline will be developed by consensus among recognized experts in the fields. Dissemination of the information will be through our annual conference, scientific publications and web postings.
- Establish and oversee an anti-doping health policy and program.