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Jon Fearn – Lessons from Working in Elite Football

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Jon Fearn, a Physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience in elite football, is the expert guest speaker for our next Injury Rehab Network event with BASRaT.

Jon’s presentation will discuss learning from the elite sport of professional football that can be applied in clinical environments.

Click here to read the post event blog and watch the recording of Jon’s presentation.

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Jon Fearn, Physiotherapist

Jon qualified as a physiotherapist in 1991 from St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. Then he worked for over six years in various medical disciplines in the NHS, from neuro-disability to amputees at St Georges and Queen Mary’s hospitals.

During this period, he followed his passion for working in sports, starting to work part-time in amateur rugby and American football.

In 1997 Jon completed a Masters’s degree in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at University College London, working in private practice and the academy at West Ham United. The following year, he joined the West Ham medical team full-time, working with the first team and enjoying four years there.

In 2001, Jon became Head of medical services at Reading FC, where over nine years, he was part of the management staff which saw Reading go from League 1 to the Premier League, developing the department to meet the increasing demands placed on it at the higher level of the game.

Jon then joined Chelsea Men’s first team in 2010, where he has undertaken numerous roles, including from a performance perspective travelling with the squad to games, managing and rehabilitating injured Men’s first team players, leading and coordinating the Academy medical team and assisting with Women’s first team injured players rehabilitation when required.

Jon has lectured at many international sport medicine conferences and on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. He is currently an honorary lecturer at Queen Mary’s University and a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham on the MSc programmes. He is particularly interested in managing lower limb tendinopathy, hip and groin-related pain and rehabilitation of football-related injuries.

Lessons from working in elite football

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With over 30 years of experience working as a physiotherapist in the NHS, in private practice and elite level sport, Jon has noticed how the service we aim to provide patients differs enormously both in terms of the type of problems we see, facilities available and how we try to resolve them. Jon feels we can learn from the type of service we deliver to athletes in elite sports, to provide a more thorough approach to our patients in our clinical environments and endeavour to achieve a more successful outcome.

Be more creative, bespoke and analytical in our approach and on the way, enjoy ourselves!

The next event of the Injury Rehab Network

Click here to read the post event blog and watch the recording of Jon’s presentation. Anyone professionally involved with or studying sports medicine, performance and rehabilitation from injury is welcome to attend. To reserve a place, just sign up with BASRaT here.

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