2022 Injury Rehab Network Events

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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.

“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.

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 Consultant Dermatologist Dr Barry Monk, Steve Miller from Grow Physio, Physiotherapist Angela Jackson, Manchester United Academy Head Physiotherapist Diane Ryding, Rehab & Conditioning Specialist Dr Claire Minshull, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of Sports Medicine Bill Ribbans, international football physiotherapist Gary Lewin, world-record 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 and Elevate Your Clinic.

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 was 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 has set a new level for online events! Thanks for all your efforts for our community.”

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2022 Event Details

24th January 10am – 1pm – Mike Healy (Managing Director Sports ER International)

This in person event, taking place at Steroplast Healthcare in Manchester, is being delivered in partnership with the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO).

Mike is the founder and Managing Director of Sports ER International Limited, a UK-registered company that provides sport-specific, ‘fit for purpose’ education and training in pre-hospital emergency care, and consultancy on risk assessment and medical emergency action planning related to the sport environment. Sports ER have delivered courses and workshops in Barbados, Egypt, England, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.

He has 25 years clinical experience working in a pitchside and courtside setting in professional football, rugby union and basketball. For 15 years he worked at the English Football Association and from 2009-2016 was Head of Medical Education and responsible for the strategy, development and delivery of a suite of medical emergency management courses from elite professional to grassroots level. In 2012 he was a Doping Control Station Manager at the London Olympics. Currently he is an FA Supervising Officer facilitating the anti-doping programme in the English Premier League and Football Leagues.

He is a skilled specialist instructor who has personally directed and delivered over 150 high-level courses to more than 2500 medical practitioners; the majority of whom work in elite sport. Mike is also a lecturer and at the University of Birmingham (MSc SEM programme) and at the University of Central Lancashire (BSc Sports Therapy programme).

Mike’s session will address the essential topics of clinical governance in sport, the initial assessment of the unconscious athlete and the on-field musculoskeletal injury assessment and clinical decision-making process.

This event with the STO and Sports ER includes essential topics for both novice and experienced pitchside practitioners.

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3rd March at 7pm – Michael Blackie BDS (The Park Practice)

Michael started The Park Practice in late 1999. Having always had strong sporting interests, which were based around rugby, Michael realised the impact dental health can have on sporting performance. Over the last 10 years, Michael has developed a strong interest in the impact oral health can have on elite sporting performance.

Michael was involved at London 2012 Olympics, working “pitchside” at the contact sports. Mainly taekwondo, boxing, judo, and fencing, Michael also worked at the rugby sevens at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Park Practice is the official dentist for Team Scotland and provided an oral health toolkit for all athletes before the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Since 2018 the Park Practice has had a contract with Glasgow Warriors professional rugby team, providing an emergency service whenever required and part of the pitchside medical team for every home match. As well as providing bespoke mouthguards for the squad.

Glasgow Rocks, who are Scotland’s representatives in the BBL professional basketball league, also work with The Park Practice, with their players being the first team to wear mouthguards when playing.

Sport Scotland refer athletes needing emergency treatment to The Park Practice and Michael has helped athletes from a whole range of sports, from curling to badminton and recently Olympic swimmers.

Michael’s presentation, “Oral Health Impact on Performance in Elite-Sport” will discuss how oral health of elite athletes can be a cause for concern and the impact it can have on sporting performance.

The presentation will look at:

  • Causes of poor oral health and why it is more prevalent in elite athletes.
  • “Dental Facts” areas of oral health that athletes should be aware of.
  • Real-life examples of how oral health issues impact training and performance across a range of sports.
  • Prevention is the name of the game. How can we educate athletes that simple prevention factors will preclude oral health issues from impacting their success?

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14th April at 7pm – Steve Kemp (Lead Men’s Physiotherapist England Senior Football Team)

Steve Kemp is the men’s lead physiotherapist with the England Senior Football team, working with the team since 2013. He has been involved in 2 World Cup Finals (4th Place in Russia 2018) and 2 European Championships (runners up in 2021). Steve has worked in elite sports medicine for over 20 years both here in the UK and abroad. Following degrees in both physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation, Steve undertook a masters in the Science of Sports injury at Manchester University and a Postgraduate diploma in manual therapy at Birmingham University. He is currently studying for a PhD in Ankle Ligament rehabilitation at Imperial College London. He is a guest Lecturer at Birmingham University and University College London.

Steve spent 4 years as Head of Medical Services for Wolverhampton Wanderers, before taking up a position as Elite Football Physiotherapist at the Perform Sport Medicine complex, based at St George’s Park. He has also had stints at Leeds United, Preston North End and Busan Icons in South Korea. He has additionally worked as a private physiotherapist with athletes from numerous sporting professions. Steve is a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and is a Gold-accredited member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM).

Steve’s presentation, “Lateral ankle sprain injuries in professional football,” will take work from his PhD at Imperial College London into ankle injuries in professional football. The lateral ankle ligament injury is one of the most prevalent injuries in professional football.  Often dismissed as a minor innocuous injury they are one of the most recurrent injuries which suggests rehabilitation is often rushed or incomplete, and athletes return to sport too early. The presentation hopes to give an up to date overview of the epidemiology, the current rehabilitation strategies, and the future direction of the management of these injuries.

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27th April at 6pm – Cristian Fernández and Dr Lee Herrington

Sterosport and Football Fitness Federation are pleased to be working together to bring a unique CPD event to football fitness and sports rehabilitation professionals. Taking place at UA92 in Manchester on 27th April from 5.30pm – 8.30pm. The event will feature presentations from expert guest speakers Cristian Fernández and Dr Lee Herrington.

Cristian Fernández is currently working as a consultant in injury prevention and rehabilitation in football. Cristian has worked in professional football as a Rehab Fitness Coach at Everton FC, Newcastle FC, Hull City AFC and Northampton Town FC.

Dr Lee Herrington is a Technical Lead Physiotherapist with the English Institute of Sport, leading on issues related to lower limb injury rehabilitation across all the Olympic and Paralympic sports.

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19th May 2022 at 7pm – Tom Parry (Head of Performance Nutrition, Manchester City FC)

Tom completed his Master’s Degree in sports physiology (with distinction) at John Moores university and went on to work in the research labs, looking at the effects of different nutritional supplements on football performance. In 2008 a position as sports science intern at Manchester City FC (MCFC) came up, which was converted to first team sport scientist after 6 months.

Tom worked across many areas of sport science, from monitoring training demands (HR/GPS) and physiological stress (blood and saliva analysis) to strength and conditioning (gym and pitch), whilst all along managing the nutrition with the help of top consultants (including Matt Lovell and Nick Broad).

After completing his IOC diploma in sports nutrition Tom officially became Head of Nutrition with Manchester City first team and after a year in the position was also put in charge of first team catering. Highlights from Tom’s 13-year career to date at MCFC include development of a nutrition education app and the introduction of a chef specific nutrition course (with the help of Gatorade Sport Science Institute nutrition team) with lectures and practical sessions.

Tom’s presentation Nutrition in Premier League football, will look at the evolution of nutrition in modern football.  From consultant to constant.

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14th June at 7pm – Dr Andrew Newton (Consultant in Emergency Medicine)

Dr Andrew Newton graduated from Nottingham University Medical School in 1985.  Andrew served a medium career commission in the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer, with active service experience in the Middle East and the Adriatic.

Dr Newton completed General Practitioner training and then worked as a Principal in General Practice, both in the military and the NHS for a total of 5 years. He moved into Emergency Medicine as a Staff Grade in 1996 and Progressed from a Staff Grade to an Associate Specialist in 2000.  Dr Newton completed Article 14 (CESR) application and was awarded ‘Specialist Register’ status in Emergency Medicine in 2006.

Andrew was appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Weston General Hospital in 2007 and completed 10 years in post there. Andrew was subsequently appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Yeovil District Hospital at the end of 2017.

Dr Newton is a Life Support Instructor in ALS (Course Director), HMIMMS (Course Director), EAPLS, ETC and GIC.

Andrew’s specialist interests include Global Health, Sports Medicine and Major Incident Planning / Emergency Preparedness. His interests outside of Medicine include travel, ancient and medieval history, rugby, and diving. Andrew is a longstanding volunteer with Future Hope India (a charity for street/ slum children in Kolkata).

Dr Newton’s presentation, “Grass Roots Paediatric Sports Medical Issues”, will include a review of the common sports injuries that are encountered in ‘Grass Roots’ children’s sports. The focus will be on the common problems and their remedies, rather than looking at the medical issues encountered by the ‘Young Elite Athlete’. The Talk will follow the structure of – ” Heads, Shoulders, Knees and ….”

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7th July at 7pm – Dr Carl Todd (Consultant Osteopath in Sport & Exercise Medicine)

Carl Todd is a registered osteopath and qualified lecturer with a PhD in orthopaedics and clinical science, a masters degree in sport injury medicine and an honours degree in osteopathy. Carl’s experience and knowledge is unquestionable, working with the England football team since 2005, and Chelsea FC since 2008.

He has also carried out consultancy roles for the England Cricket Board, Team GB male and female Basketball at the London 2012 Olympics, Athletics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and many other clubs including; Real Madrid, Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC, Liverpool FC, and Tottenham Hotspur FC to name a few.

In 2019 Carl began providing osteopathic care in the sport of high performance Athletics, specifically providing trackside support for Dina Asher-Smith.

Carl’s presentation, “Osteopathy in football”, will provide insight into osteopathic support for athletes as part of multi-disciplinary teams in professional football. Carl will share insights and learning from his own unique style of integrating osteopathy and corrective exercise rehabilitation, encompassing bio-psychosocial, biomechanical, and functional rehabilitation for patient management, injury prevention and re-education.

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4th August at 8pm – Fiona Rosamond (Podiatrist)

Even before Graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2011, Fiona Rosamond (Podiatrist) had secured work with her first professional football club with Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen FC where she spent three seasons under former Scotland Manager Craig Brown & highly respected medical team of David Wyllie & John Sharp; both who had worked under Sir Alex Ferguson’s management at the Club forty years ago. 

Since then, Fiona has worked with St Mirren FC, Queen of the South FC and latterly for the last five seasons, Kilmarnock FC. 

Working closely with Physiotherapists, Fiona has developed a great strategy for players to receive Podiatry treatment routinely within training settings and seen a huge performance improvement with this addition as well as a big player uptake, encouraging other clubs to do the same. 

As well as working in professional football Fiona is the owner of a successful Private Practice, Hands for Feet (http://handsforfeetirvine.co.uk/) with over 10,000 registered patients and four staff in her established town centre business for 10 years. In 2016, Fiona won the Association of Scottish Businesswomen “Professional of the Year” and 2017 “Ayrshire Businesswoman of the Year”, the youngest ever winner of both Awards. 

Fiona is also a clinical placement provider & mentor for Glasgow Caledonian University Level 3 Students for their private practice module. 

Fiona’s presentation “The Importance of Podiatry Care within Professional Football”, will discuss podiatry in professional football including work as part of multi-disciplinary medical teams and the impact on performance.

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20th September at 7pm – Dr Monna Arvinen-Barrow (Chartered Psychologist & Associate Professor University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Dr. Monna Arvinen-Barrow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, an online contributing faculty at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, USA, and the Establishing Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research.

Monna is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) and a Fellow (FAASP) of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a Finnish Psychological Association certified mental performance coach and exercise practitioner (UPV sert.), and an elected expert member of the Finnish Sport Psychology Association.

Dr. Arvinen-Barrow has extensive research, teaching, and applied consultancy expertise in psychosocial aspects of sport injury occurrence, rehabilitation, recovery, and return to participation process. She is the lead editor of two textbooks; The Psychology of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation (2013) and The Psychology of Sport and Performance Injury: An Interprofessional Case-Based Approach (2019). She has authored and co-authored 50+ peer-reviewed research publications, 20+ book chapters, and 150+ workshops, seminars, symposia, and conference presentations, both in English and in Finnish.

Dr. Arvinen-Barrow’s presentation “Rehabilitation of the biopsychosocial athlete” is focused on discussing the psychosocial processes of sport injury, and how sport medicine professionals can facilitate (bio)psychosocial recovery with a goal to optimize athlete recovery.

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13th October at 7pm – Gary Bloom (Clinical Psychotherapist – garybloom.co.uk)

Gary Bloom (garybloom.co.uk) is the only clinical psychotherapist working in first team football in the UK. He treats issues like loss of form, performance anxiety, and personal issues which all affect a professional player. 

He is a clinician with a Harley Street practice, a broadcaster, corporate coach and author.

His book about his work ‘Keeping your Head in the Game’ was published by Penguin in February 2021.

Gary’s presentation, “Why do players suddenly experience a catastrophic loss of form?”,  will explore the mental challenges faced by players and managers in professional football and the impact on performance. Media and pundits are quick to judge today’s players, but very few people working in sport look at the personal issues that could affect performance. 

What would it look like if such a practitioner worked inside a club – looking for those subtle changes that further down the line can cause such a loss of form? 

Gary tackles these issues head on from angry managers to depressed players. From the first team to the academy to the women’s programme.

Would any other sector allow a highly paid employee to underperform without asking ‘why’?

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1st December at 7pm – Professor Iain Hutchison (Oral and Facial Surgeon – Saving Faces)

Professor Iain Hutchison treats patients with diseases, deformity and injuries affecting the most socially important part of our bodies – the face.

In 2000, Professor Hutchison launched the Saving Faces Art Project, which charts the physical and emotional journey of facial surgery patients. The Saving Faces Art Project has had a dramatic effect on the public and has proved cathartic for the patients who participated. The paintings continue to tour the world and have been seen by over 2 million people.

He wants to demistify medicine and has participated in many TV and radio programmes about facial surgery. Several of his lectures are available for view on the internet including a TED talk entitled “Saving Faces“. Furthermore, Professor Hutchison organises free public events at London’s South Bank Arts Centre to demistify specific topics such as face transplantation and tissue engineering.

Professor Hutchison wants to improve patient treatment through clinical research. In 2000, he founded the charity Saving Faces which leads international multi-centre clinical trials on facial disease and injury prevention and treatment. In October 2019, Saving Faces published the first nationwide mouth cancer surgical research, the SEND study, which will save thousands of lives every year. Through Saving Faces, he runs an “Expert Patient” support group for people starting treatment.

He also founded the world’s only National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre which launched in 2014. Through its research this centre will revolutionise treatment for patients with facial diseases, deformity and injury worldwide. He also encourages surgeons to introduce clinical research into their day-to-day practice.

Professor Hutchison wants to inspire and train the doctors of the future and funds PhD students and surgeons in studies on cancer stem cells, the molecular biology of precancer and cancer, and the psychological aspects of aspects of facial disease and injury. In addition to this he also trains reseach assistants in clinical research and has set up a tissue bank for future basic science studies. Professor Hutchison also gives frequent careers talks in schools and universities and is in great demand as a scientific and public lecturer.

Professor Hutchison’s presentation “Sporting facial injuries and treatment delivering speedy recovery” will discuss facial injuries in sport, treatment and rehabilitation including examples of how athletes can often return to sport soon after surgery. 

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