Messages from Chief Organizing Committee Members

Message from the Chief Patron

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA)!

We are pleased that SVYASA is organizing its 25th International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications (INCOFYRA), with the theme Integrative Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. We welcome you to the 25th INCOFYRA in Bengaluru, India, 3rd – 6th January 2024.

Driven by the legacy and expertise to promote international research collaborations, INCOFYRA is the branded conference of SVYASA. It continues to provide magnificent opportunities for the development of Yoga and Integrative medicine-based research disciplines. Every alternate year, an appropriate theme is chosen, and critical scientists and clinicians are invited to disseminate the latest research updates.

The theme for the 25th INCOFYRA is “Integrative Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation”, with a critical focus on optimal performance, prevention of injuries, and successful rehabilitation”. It will address the practice and future of complementary, or non-traditional, medical care to address the broad scope of Sports Medicine that produces outcomes conducive to prevention, therapy, and rehabilitation and beneficial for the athletes”. 

This conference is tailored to physical therapists, integrative and conventional medicine-based sports rehabilitators, athletic trainers, primary care physicians, and concerned researchers interested in a more current and advanced understanding of sports medicine science, diagnosis, and treatment. The 25th INCOFYRA aims to achieve high levels of confidence and competence in these areas, optimizing the care of the athletes. The conference will also provide an adequate ground to explore the opportunities to work in scarce resources versus high-income settings and how we can share best practices across locations worldwide. We believe that continued multidisciplinary (international) collaboration will stimulate the development of sports medicine and rehabilitation. We request all colleagues and thought leaders to join us from across the globe for learning, sharing, and networking.

At our Congress, you will find a memorable reception, informed scientific discussions, excellent networking prospects, and enjoyable cultural events.

With Love

Dr H R Nagendra,

Chief Patron, 25th INCOFYRA – 2024 and Chancellor, S-VYASA, Bengaluru 

Message from the President

Dear friends,

I cordially invite all academicians, researchers, teachers, students, and supporters of yoga and ayurveda to actively take part in the 25th International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications (INCOFYRA), which will be held in Bengaluru from January 3–6, 2024. The conference is themed as & "Integrative Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation". The theme is highly relevant, given its emergence and constant evolution over recent years. This multidisciplinary field, with growing advances in its underlying science, focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries and illnesses related to sports and exercise. The increasing popularity of sports and exercise has substantially aided the growth of Sports Medicine. 

There has been an emerging build-up of the evidence base of integrative medicine along with its increasing popularity and acceptance among athletes and sports medicine practitioners. The utility of integrative medicine might extend to improving performance, reducing the risk of injury, and speeding up recovery. In this regard, the indigenous system of health care has been found very effective in managing several chronic diseases, ensuring fitness for sports persons and healing sports injuries. Hence, the 25th INCOFYRA will make a significant advancement towards the integration of different systems of AYUSH: Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy and Modern Medicine by bringing prominent researchers and eminent doctors from all these fields under one platform to evolve a better and affordable Sports-healthcare system.

This conference would be a valuable addition to the dissemination of ideas and ideology of SVYASA to make global-level transitions regarding health education and peace. 

This conference will also provide an adequate opportunity to build connections among clinicians, scientists and critical sports personnel to integrate current research findings to enhance the evidence base and expand the possibilities of translational outcomes. 

I look forward to the scientific presentation and hope you enjoy it equally. We have taken all steps to make your stay comfortable here in the serene S-VYASA campus a memorable experience. This 25th INCOFYRA will act as a catalyst for the speakers, policymakers and delegates to conceive ideas for achieving integration of all alternative systems to enhance immunity, endurance and competitive minds to become good academicians and research scholars. I want to thank all co-organizers of this conference for their hard work and dedication.

I look forward to a productive and stimulating few days.

Dr B R Ramakrishna

President, 25th INCOFYRA – 2024 and Vice-Chancellor, S-VYASA, Bengaluru 

Message from the Vice-President

Dear colleagues,

I am honoured to be the scientific committee chairperson for the upcoming International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications themed "Integrative Medicine in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation". For the last two decades, INCOFYRA has been the best-sought platform for effective dissemination and futuristic planning of scientific advancements in yoga and integrative medicine.

This year's theme, "Integrative Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation" resonates deeply with the evolving landscape of sports medicine and integrative medicine. The relevance of sports medicine is underlined by the specific approach towards the aetiology of sport-related injuries tailored towards a better focus on treatment and prevention. We believe that a thorough and systematic integration of complementary medicine with conventional methods is an unmet need to attain optimal performance, sports-related injury prevention and effective functional rehabilitation of sports personnel. 

I am confident that this conference will be a huge success and a valuable resource for those interested in learning more about the potential of integrative medicine in sports medicine and rehabilitation. We have a great lineup of field experts who will contribute to informative and stimulating sessions.

I encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference. The deadline for abstract submission is 30th November 2023. 

I appreciate your interest in the International Conference on Integrative Medicine in Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation. I look forward to seeing you there!

Dr NK Manjunath Sharma

VIce-President, 25th INCOFYRA – 2024 and 

Director of Research, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, S-VYASA, Bengaluru 

Message from the Organizing Secretary

Dear all,

Namaste, Greetings from S-VYASA, Deemed to be University, Bangalore

I am delighted to extend a heartfelt welcome to all esteemed participants, researchers, and practitioners of Yoga to the 25th edition of the International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications (INCOFYRA), a flagship event hosted by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA). This year, we are excited to explore the theme of "Integrative Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation", a topic of immense significance in today's dynamic world of sports and wellness.

Sports, with its incredible ability to inspire and unite, presents a unique blend of challenges and opportunities. Our conference aims to unravel the multidimensional aspects of Integrative Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, delving into the amalgamation of modern medical advancements, traditional practices, and cutting-edge research in the field of Yoga. By bringing together experts from diverse fields, we aspire to foster a comprehensive understanding of how disciplines like Yoga, Ayurveda, and Naturopathy can seamlessly integrate with conventional sports medicine, offering holistic pathways to optimal performance and athlete well-being.

Throughout this conference, we anticipate engaging discussions that will explore innovative strategies to prevent sports-related injuries, enhance performance, and expedite recovery through an integrative approach. Our scientific sessions, workshops, and panel discussions will encourage the exchange of ideas, evidence-based insights, and collaborative endeavours. As we celebrate a quarter-century milestone with INCOFYRA, we envision this event as a catalyst for advancing sports medicine and rehabilitation, ultimately contributing to the betterment of athletes and individuals seeking the benefits of an active lifestyle.

On behalf of S-VYASA, I extend my warm invitation to all participants and contributors, whose presence and contributions will undoubtedly make the 25th INCOFYRA a memorable and transformative experience. Let us embark on this journey of knowledge, exploration, and integration together. 

Warm regards,

Prof. S. Siva Sankara Sai

Organizing Secretary, 25th INCOFYRA – 2024 and Registrar, S-VYASA, Bengaluru