2021 Injury Rehab Network Events

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Following the success of the Injury Rehab Network in 2019 and 2020, we are very excited to announce initial plans for a schedule of monthly events in 2021 in partnership with BASRaT. The events will include talks from exceptional guest speakers and will be online initially. In the spring and summer, we hope to return to face to face events and will also have a live stream.

“The Steroplast Injury Rehab Network is a superb and innovative idea that can benefit therapists. To provide an opportunity for local multidisciplinary therapists to learn from each other and others, whilst networking and introducing people that can help each other is simply groundbreaking. Having had the pleasure to attend a recent event, the positive discussion and energy in the room was palpable. Steroplast have truly hit it out of the park with this!” – Mike James – The Endurance Physio and Director at Sports Injury Fix

Sterosport is an arm of Steroplast Healthcare dedicated to supporting sports professionals in Manchester and the surrounding area. In 2019, Sterosport established the Injury Rehab Network as a means for sports injury professionals to network, share ideas and collaborate. The events provide a fantastic opportunity for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for any therapists, physios, rehabilitators, or other sports professionals to keep up to date with the latest thinking, developments, and evidence in the sector.

The format of each event is a keynote speech, followed by a discussion and facilitated networking. The Injury Rehab Network organisers work hard to source well-known authorities or personalities in sport. Previous speakers include endurance cyclist Josh Quigley, Paralympian Hannah Dines, leading physiotherapist Dave Fevre, Academic and elite sports rehabilitator Lee Herrington, Prof Shah Khan (The Scan Doctor), Consultant hand, wrist and elbow surgeon Mr David Murray and Andy Hosgood, co-founder of Summit Physiotherapy.

Professor Lennard Funk has kindly shared his expertise at two Injury Rehab Network events in 2021 and said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to have been invited to teach on the Injury Rehab Network events. I have been impressed by the level of professionalism and organisation of Andrew Watson (from Steroplast) and Oliver Coburn (from BASRaT) in organising and running the online events. The promotion via social media and presentation on their website is superb. It was nice to see that it included a huge range of individuals involved in sports medicine, from coaches to surgeons, from around the world. They managed to draw massive audiences of over 500 delegates. The range of questions were expansive and the expert moderation ensured that there was something of relevance for everyone. The post-event blog is a nice touch and very professionally produced. The Injury Rehab Network have set a new level for online events! Thanks for all your efforts for our community.”

2021 Injury Rehab Network Events

Following the success of the Injury Rehab Network in 2019 and 2020, Sterosport is very excited to announce initial plans for a schedule of monthly events in 2021 in partnership with BASRaT. The events will include talks from exceptional guest speakers and will be online initially. In the spring and summer, we hope to return to face to face events but will also have a live stream.

27th Jan 6 pm – Gary Lewin (international football)

Gary is one of the most experienced physios working in professional and international football with past positions at England, Team GB, and Arsenal FC. Gary has over 30 years’ experience including 22 year’s leading the medical team at Arsenal FC.

From 2008 to 2016 Gary was Head of Physiotherapy Services to the FA and Lead Physiotherapist to the England Senior Men’s team. Gary headed up the medical team at five FIFA World Cup Finals, four UEFA European Championship Finals and two FIFA Under 20 World Cup Finals. Gary was also the Lead Physiotherapist to the Team GB Football Team at 2012 London Olympic Games.

In June 2017 Gary was appointed Head of Medical Services at West Ham United before leaving at the end of a one-year contract in June 2018. In that time Gary implemented a media structure and rehab programme to ensure player development was a priority.

In 2019, Gary set up the Lewin Sports Injury Clinic with his cousin Colin Lewin. He works as a consultant physiotherapist for the Arsenal Women’s Team and is an affiliated tutor for the FA ATMMiF Course.

Find out more about Gary Lewin and his Injury Rehab Network talk here.

Gary’s talk ‘Rehabilitation on the road in elite sport’ provided insight into the complexities of working in international football and the logistics around international competitions – read the post event blog and watch the recording of Gary’s presentation here.

25th Feb 7 pm – Dr Claire Minshull (strength & conditioning)

Claire is one of the most highly respected researchers, active rehabilitation and conditioning specialists in the UK. She has worked in the field of sports medicine and health for 20 years as a Senior Lecturer, Researcher, Consultant and as a Practitioner. She has designed, led and managed major clinical and nonclinical research trials, supervised several PhD students, and has published over 30 research papers in leading peer-reviewed sports medicine journals. Claire’s area of expertise means that she uniquely spans the gap between the physiology of conditioning and physiotherapeutic rehabilitation. She is Principal Researcher at the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital and Director of Get Back To Sport, an international education and training company.

Claire’s talk, ‘The Principal Role of Strength & Conditioning: Prevention or Treatment?’ explored Conditioning Efficacy and the role of strength and conditioning in both the prevention and treatment of sports injuries. Read the post event blog here.

24th Mar 7 pm – Prof Len Funk (shoulder surgeon)

Len Funk is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. He routinely treats elite and professional athletes. His practice has evolved to specialise completely on sports and soft tissue injuries of the shoulder. Providing second opinions, treating complex cases, and performing revision surgery makes up a large proportion of his work. He practices closely with similar colleagues who specialise in complex trauma and shoulder replacement surgeries, as well as therapists dedicated to complex shoulder rehabilitation. Len’s talk ‘The Athletes Shoulder – The Surgeons Perspective’ will explore shoulder injuries in sport and their treatment. Read the post event blog and watch the recording of Len’s presentation here.

21st Apr 7 pm – Diane Ryding (Manchester United Academy)

Diane Ryding is Head Physiotherapist for the Foundation and Youth Development Phases at Manchester United Football Club (MUFC). She received her BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from Manchester University in 2000 and worked in the NHS for the next decade. In 2010 she received her MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Diane has been involved in academy football since 2004 initially working as a Casual Academy Physiotherapist at MUFC, progressing to her current role in 2010. During her time with MUFC, Diane has seen a significant expansion in the Academy system, managing the increasing medical requirements of an evolving Academy programme. Her role is to ensure that paediatric injuries are managed appropriately whilst considering growth and maturation and ensuring that the long term athletic development of the player takes precedent over short-term gains.

Diane is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is an FA Affiliate Medical Tutor for the English Football Association and has taught on international sports trauma management courses for SPORTS ER. Diane is currently involved in supporting research around Cardiac Profiling in Academy footballers.

Diane’s presentation ‘Tackling paediatric injuries’, will focus on paediatric sports injuries, both the common presentations and those that are not to be missed! Diane will discuss the importance of clinical reasoning skills to accurately diagnose and treat injuries. Read the post event blog here.

12th May 7 pm – Prof Bill Ribbans (foot and ankle surgeon)

Professor Bill Ribbans is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of Sports Medicine. With over 40 years’ experience in sports medicine, Bill has worked as Chief Medical Officer and Honorary Surgeon for many sports organisations. Bill’s specialism is foot and ankle surgery, and he has recently published a book ‘Knife in the Fast Lane’. The presentation from Bill ‘The Athletic Ankle. When do lax ligaments need surgery?’ investigated ankle injuries, their diagnosis and treatment.

Read the post event blog here.

26th May 7.30pm – Shoulder Injuries in Sport – Expert Panel Q&A Event

The March event of the Injury Rehab Network with The Shoulder Doc, Professor Len Funk was so successful that Len could not answer all the questions about shoulder injuries in the time available. Sterosport and BASRaT are excited to announce plans for a unique opportunity to delve further into shoulder injuries in sport.

Professor Funk will be part of a panel of shoulder injury experts from the North West including Doug Jones (Altius Healthcare Director) and Ethan Stamp (Sale Sharks GSR). Each panel member will present a short case study before tackling questions.

Read the post event blog and watch the recording here.

15th Jun 7 pm – Angela Jackson (sports physio developing younger athletes) 

Physiotherapist, Angela Jackson has been involved in treating people in sports at all levels both in the UK and Canada for the last 30 years. Her major interest is in developing the younger athlete. She has worked with England Cricket, England Volleyball, Premier League Hockey clubs and is the Consultant Physio to Cheshire Cricket Board. She is one of the few golf level 3 medical Titleist Performance Institute practitioners in the UK.

Angela has used her unique screening programme with athletes from a broad spectrum of sports and helped many young athletes realise their sporting dreams whilst learning to balance the demands of sport and academia.

Through her work with cricketers, Angela became aware of the number of undiagnosed lumbar stress fractures and she is passionate about reducing the number of stress fractures in younger athletes through raising awareness and education especially around energy intake and load management. She regularly talks to fellow professionals, coaches, parents and athletes about how to monitor load, energy intake and age-appropriate strength and conditioning.

Her course Developing the Younger Athlete is available through SifCPD online.

Angela’s presentation, ‘Managing the overloaded younger athlete’ will consider how the pressures on young athletes often exceeds the ability of their body to adapt and to cope. Angela will discuss the importance of education and early identification of the factors that contribute to injuries and illness in the growing athlete. Physiotherapist, Angela Jackson will cover the key areas that need to be monitored and addressed when developing younger athletes, including Overtraining Syndrome, Relative Energy in Sports, REDs, stress fractures and how to monitor workload and the reaction to training including nutritional intake.

Read the post event blog and watch the recording here

1st Jul 7pm – Steve Miller (Grow Physio)

Steve spent the past six seasons working in Premiership Rugby and was part of Newcastle Falcons’ unbeaten Championship winning team. His other experiences include roles with Beach Volleyball during the London Olympics 2012 and Field Hockey at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games 2014.

Steve is kindly sharing content from his GrowPhysio.com teaching platform that was recently setup to support students in gaining ‘placement experience’ working in a professional sports club during the pandemic and beyond.

Steve will be discussing the rehabilitation differences for gastrocnemius and soleus injuries, with a particular focus on…

  • The aims, principles & planning of rehabilitation.
  • Injury predisposition: the training errors & variables.
  • Reduced tissue capacity loading options.
  • Progressive & functional loading.
  • Preparing athletes to run again.

Read the post event blog and watch the recording here

9th Aug 7pm – Dr Barry Monk (Consultant Dermatologist)

Dr Barry Monk has been a consultant dermatologist since 1987, and is highly experienced in treating all aspects of skin disease in both adults and children. Barry qualified in medicine at Jesus College, Cambridge and Westminster Medical School, and trained in dermatology at Royal Free and King’s College Hospitals in London. Dr Monk was a consultant at Bedford Hospital until 2012, and now works part time in the NHS as a consultant at Northampton General Hospital.

Dr Monk has contributed to 5 textbooks, including writing the dermatology sections of the 14th and 15th editions of French’s Index of Differential Diagnosis. Dr Monk is the author or co-author of over 60 papers in peer-reviewed medical publications, as listed in PubMed and Google-Scholar.  A full list of publications can be provided on request. Dr Monk has a broad interest in dermatology, including skin cancer and skin cancer prevention, acne, psoriasis and eczema.  He is also an expert on Laser treatment of the skin.

Skin cancers are common, and the incidence is rising in most parts of the world. Sportsmen and women are at particular potential risk. Sports medicine professionals (physios, rehabilitators and therapists) can have an important role in education, prevention and early diagnosis; indeed some professional sports such as cricket and golf have already taken the initiative in this field.

Dr Barry Monk is an experienced consultant dermatologist (and keen cricket watcher). Dr Monk will guide you through his presentation, ‘Sunshine and skin cancer’ what you need to know and how you can help to educate, prevent and support the early identification of skin cancer.

Dr Monk has recently published a book exploring the NHS. Lifeline: ‘Difficult questions, uncomfortable answers… A deeper look at how to save our cherished NHS’ would be of interest to anyone in the health field and is available to buy online now.

Read the post event blog and watch the recording here 

20th Sep 7pm – Dr Ian Horsley (Shoulder Physio)

Save the date (Monday 20th September, 7pm) for this online event, not to be missed by sports rehabilitation professionals and students.

Dr Ian Horsley is kindly providing a presentation about considerations for return to play and shoulder injury rehabilitation. Ian was Medical Officer to Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games, is Lead Physiotherapist and Technical Lead for the North-West for the English Institute of Sport, Clinical Director of Back In Action Rehabilitation, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, associate lecturer at Salford University, and member of the EdCom for EUSSER and BESS.

Ian worked as part of the HQ medical team for Team England at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, was a member of the Team GB HQ medical team at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and currently is a Consultant Physiotherapist to England Football.

Ian’s talk ‘Return to play testing considerations for the sporting shoulder’ will explore various shoulder injuries, implications, and strategies for return to play.

Read the post event blog and watch the recording here

7th Oct 7pm – Dr Imtiaz Ahmad (Head of Medical QPR)

Dr Imtiaz Ahmad is Head of Medical Services at QPR FC having joined the Club in 2016. He has previously worked at Tottenham Hotspur FC, Millwall FC and The FA. He is Co-Chairman of The FA Medical Society (SE), works at Lord’s for the MCC and is one of the Medical Advisers to the Pakistan Cricket Team.

He trained at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and is the Lead Doctor for their injection clinic. He has interests in musculoskeletal ultrasound, communication and mental health in football.

Dr Ahmad’s presentation ‘Football Club Doctor – An Evolving Role’ will provide a unique insight into the role of a Club Doctor in emergency care, injury prevention, injury management, improving performance, team working, leadership, COVID-19.

Read the post event blog and watch the recording here

22nd Nov 5pm – 8pm – Professional Football Physiotherapists Diane Ryding and David Fevre

Save the date (evening of Monday 22nd November) for our return to an in person event! We’re delighted to be working with BASRaT and UA92 on what is sure to be a fantastic event for sports rehabilitation professionals and students.

The highlight of the event will be presentations and Q&A with leading sports Physiotherapists Diane Ryding and David Fevre. Find out more in the event blog here.

Diane Ryding is Head Physiotherapist for the Foundation and Youth Development Phases at Manchester United Football Club (MUFC). Diane’s presentation, ‘Physiotherapy in elite academy football – Beyond the injuries!’ will focus on growth and maturation of young athletes and the soft skills required by sports rehabilitation professional to provide a child centred approach.

David Fevre has a career in sports team physiotherapy spanning over 30 years and is currently working as a Sports Injury Consultant and Rehabilitation Lecturer. David was Head of Sports Medicine for Blackburn Rovers FC until January 2017, having been in post since July 1999. Prior to this, he was previously Chartered Physiotherapist for Wales (2002-2005), Manchester United FC (1994-1999), Great Britain Rugby League (1990-1994), Wigan RL (1989-1994) and Leigh RL (1984-1989). David’s presentation ‘No Time to be Injured – Prequel and Sequel Included’ will focus on the level of care required for the athlete from the medical team. David will consider injury prevention (prequel) and possible injury reoccurrence (sequel).

Diane and David will offer advice for how to develop a career in sports rehabilitation/ physiotherapy in professional football.

The event will also include presentations from Physiquipe and Winback Medical about new and innovative products for sports rehabilitation and the opportunity to collaborate with students and staff from UA92.

Delegates are asked to pay a minimum donation of £5 to attend this event. All income will go to Manchester based charity, The Running Bee Foundation. Through The Running Bee Foundation events, the charity champions health and wellbeing initiatives, promotes the benefits of an active lifestyle and helps in the fight to reduce childhood obesity. The Running Bee Foundation make funding accessible to all parts of communities across Manchester with no restriction on age, financial status, religion, or gender.

Click on the links below for the post event blogs:

2022 Injury Rehab Network Events

Following the success of the Injury Rehab Network from 2019 to 2021, we are very excited to announce initial plans for a schedule of monthly events in 2022 in partnership with BASRaT. The events will include talks from exceptional expert guest speakers with a combination of online and face to face events.

Click here to find out more and register your interest.

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