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Abstract Submission Guidelines

Please read carefully through the following rules for submitting and presenting scientific abstracts. Abstracts that do not adhere to the rules outlined below may be withdrawn from consideration.

  1. A single abstract can be submitted only once as either a poster or oral presentation. If multiple authors are listed on the abstract, a lead presenter/author should be designated. Each abstract should be presented in only one format, either a poster or oral presentation. Furthermore, each poster or oral presentation should be presented by a single, primary author, designated as the first author in the abstract. There is a space in the abstract submission form to designate the primary presenting author. Additional, non-presenting authors and sponsors may be included in the abstract. For large projects involving multiple participants, the body of work should be parceled in such a way that each abstract represents a different aspect of the overall study and has an abstract that reflects that component.
  2. No presentation may be given by an individual who is not an author on the abstract.
  3. An individual may serve as a non-presenting author on multiple abstracts.
  4. Each abstract must be sponsored by a current NCAS member. The sponsor is responsible for validating that all authors on the abstract have done legitimate work on the research to be presented and has approved the final version of the abstract.
  5. Create abstract in a word document (.doc or .docx) and name the file “LastName_FirstName_NCASabstract”.  Your abstract should be properly formatted as directed below; it will not be accepted if it is not formatted correctly. Be sure to spell check your document before you upload it.
  6. Include, in the following order:

Author name(s) (presenter’s name followed by an asterisk*): e.g., Last, First*, First Last, First Last

Institution(s): e.g., Meredith College, North Carolina State University

Title of the presentation in bold (only first word of the title needs to be capitalized)

Begin abstract text (300 word limit)

Example Submission:

Townsend, M. Allison*, Anh-Dung Nguyen, Jeffrey B. Taylor
High Point University
Performance changes in adolescent soccer players after an ACL injury prevention program

Anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention programs (ACL-IPP) successfully reduce the risk of injury in female athletes; however, the performance benefits elicited by ACL-IPP are not well understood. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to identify changes in power and agility after participating in an ACL-IPP. Fifty-five adolescent female soccer players (15.6±1.3 years, 1.64±0.05 m, 57.3±7.0 kg) were cluster randomized into intervention (n=28) and control (n=27) groups. The intervention group participated in a previously established 6-week ACL-IPP, while the control group continued standard soccer activities. Subjects were tested for single leg power (triple hop for distance test) and agility (T-test) before and after ACL-IPP training. Using an intention-to-treat design, repeated measures ANOVAs were used to identify any group by time interaction, with post hoc paired t-tests to identify significant changes in each group (p<0.05). Three subjects did not complete the post-testing session because of non-compliance (n=1), or injury (n=2, concussion, unspecified foot injury). A significant group x time interaction was identified for power in both the right (p=0.04) and left (p=0.01) limbs, but not in agility (p>0.05). However, follow-up paired t-tests revealed no significant changes in power in the intervention group, yet a decrease in power from the pre- to post-test in the control group for both limbs (p<0.05). These results indicate that ACL-IPP may help overcome the loss of lower extremity power that adolescent female soccer players experience over the course of a season, as well as complement the benefits of injury risk reduction and may help endorse the widespread implementation of ACL-IPP.

GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTERS

Posters

Posters should be set-up between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd, in Student Services Building L on Wake Tech Community College’s Southern Wake Campus. Posters should be attended from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Posters will be mounted, using small clamps or other mounting materials, onto 36″ x 48″ mat board, which can be placed onto the easels either horizontally (landscape) or vertically (portrait). We will provide mounting materials, boards, easels; all you need to bring is your poster.

Oral Presentations

All presentations should be loaded on the computers in each presentation room at the beginning of the day. We suggest that you arrive as close to 7:30 AM as you can, register and then go to your assigned room in Student Services Building L on Wake Technical Community College’s Southern Wake campus to load your presentation onto the computer.

Late Registration on Saturday is open from 7:30 to 8:30 AM in Building NE.

Bring your presentation on a USB memory stick. If this isn’t possible, let us know ASAP so we can arrange some other method to transfer your presentation. We would also recommend that you have a copy of your presentation available in the cloud (internet based email account or Dropbox type storage).

The computers will be Windows 7 PCs with Microsoft Office 2010. These computers have the 2010 version of PowerPoint so PowerPoint presentations using the pptx format should run hassle-free, but you might want to also save it in “compatibility mode” – in other words, in PPT format as well as PPTX format for insurance.

You may be able to use your own computer for your presentation, but be sure that you bring any adaptors necessary to convert your connection to a standard VGA adaptor if your computer does not have this built in. Most Windows laptops have a built-in VGA adaptor. Some other machines (primarily Apple) may not have the VGA adaptor built in.

If you create your presentation on a Mac, you should be OK, but please test it out on a PC in advance. Some graphics types aren’t always handled well on PCs (e.g., Postscript, PDF and TIFF). We will arrange to have a demonstration room where you can review your presentation using the same multi-media equipment as in the room where you will give your presentation.

Oral presentations are allotted 15 minutes total time. Plan on 10-12 minutes for the presentation and 2-3 minutes for questions and answers. If you go over time, the question and answer time will have to be reduced or perhaps eliminated. It is difficult to distill your work into such a short time frame, but going over one’s allotted time is unprofessional and is unfair to subsequent presenters. For this reason, moderators will stop your presentation when time is over, whether or not you have completed your presentation. 

AUTHOR PRESENTATION NOTIFICATION

Presenting authors will receive an email confirmation after submitting their abstracts online.

Presentation assignments for poster and oral presentations will appear on this website prior to the conference. These assignments will include presenter’s name, presentation title, session name, date, and time of day.

To view poster presentation assignments: TBA
click here (Excel file) or click here (PDF) (requires Adobe Reader)

To view oral presentation assignments: TBA
click here (Excel file) or click here(PDF) (requires Adobe Reader)

If you would like to submit an abstract for inclusion in the 2018 NCAS Conference presentation schedule, please proceed to the Online Registration page.

The Abstract Submission portal will close on March 9, 2018.