FMPA Conference News

Benchmark 54

Benchmark 54 join the impressive line up of trade exhibitors at 2018 event

The FMA are delighted to welcome Benchmark 54 to the FMA Conference & Awards 2018. 

“Benchmark54  @benchmark54   is a well established Athlete Management System primarily used in Football. We have grown from the initial concept in 2011 to one of the largest AMS systems operating in the UK.  We have a strong customer focused strategy and our small friendly team know all our clients personally. We started out with a focus on Medical and Audit working with respected researchers in global injury epidemiology. Subsequently we have broadened into the Sports Science domain offering GPS integration, Wellness and Monitoring linking these with the injury data to highlight areas of concern. We recently started work on API which is an interface to connect our system seamlessly with companies providing GPS analysis to make import of the data more seamless. Everything we try to do is reduce the number of clicks needed to add or retrieve information. We would like to help you too and look forward to catching up with new and old clients alike at the excellent FMA conference.”

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BBC TV presenter Hugh Ferris to host at the FMA Awards 2018

The FMA are delighted to announce that BBC TV presenter Hugh Ferris will be hosting the FMA awards evening at the FMA Conference & Awards 2018 18/19 May.

Hugh is a TV, radio and events presenter with nearly 15 years experience, spending most of his working life with BBC Sport. He appears on BBC TV, presenting the sport on the BBC News Channel, BBC Breakfast and BBC World News; and on radio for BBC Radio 5 Live, on BBC Radio 2 on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, and the World Service, including hosting the station’s flagship sports programme Sportsworld, broadcast to more than 40 million people.

Hugh has been based in Manchester since working at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, covering all the big sporting stories in the city. More than 400 games commentating on Manchester United and Manchester City include three Champions League finals, four FA Cup finals, four League Cup finals, and to date he’s reported on seven Premier League triumphs, most recently for City’s victory in May 2014 as part of his work hosting the club’s match day television show, broadcast live at the ground to more than 40,000 spectators.

At the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 Hugh presented at the sold-out Velodrome and also to an 80,000-strong crowd at the Olympic Stadium, and last summer anchored the World Service’s Rio 2016 coverage from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford.

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GAME READY – The FMA are delighted that GAME READY will have an increased presence at the FMA Conference & Awards 2018

Game Ready is the number one portable recovery technology used by thousands of patients, elite athletes, professional teams, military rehabilitation units and the world’s foremost orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine doctors and physiotherapists.

In addition to the GR2.1 control unit, we are excited to introduce the Med4Elite, a breakthrough multi-modality recovery device.

The dual-microprocessor-controlled system integrates iceless cold, heat, rapid contrast and active compression like never before using the existing range of patented anatomical wraps to deliver comprehensive, flexible, convenient and proven treatment options for all stages of rehabilitation.

Inspired by human endeavor and driven by innovative technology, we are dedicated to developing effective products to help people get back to their best after injury or surgery.

Game Ready has once again re-engineered recovery.

twitter:  @gamereadyuk

Contact:  Greg Pearce – Managing Director

Mobile:    07974564055


Phone:  0845 2417920

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FA to Support FMA Conference

The Football Association are once again supporting our annual Conference in May. As well as having a strong presence at the event staff from the FA will be co-presenting an education session with the Premier League.


“The dual presentation and the fact it is a part of our Conference event demonstrates the working relationship  that exists between the FA, EPL and the FMA. Such co-operation is key in ensuring that we co-ordinate our efforts in supporting colleagues across the game,” Eamonn Salmon, FMA CEO.


The FA added “The FA are delighted to be supporting the FMA Conference again this year alongside our colleagues from the Premier League. This is an important CDP and networking event for hard-working performance staff who support coaches and players so diligently in our game. We look forward to learning and talking football alongside delegates and colleagues’.



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The FMA have been receiving nominations over the last few months from Members and colleagues for the Medicine & Performance Team 2017/2018.  This award is designed to recognise the exceptional contribution of a medical and performance team within a Club. Where they have worked as a unit, pulled together as a team, achieved great results, worked under extenuating circumstances, been innovative or worked beyond the call of duty then they deserve recognition.

That the Award comes from fellow colleagues in the game makes this is a particularly rewarding accolade.

Congratulations to all medicine and performance teams who received nominations.


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UCLAN on board as Conference sponsor

The University of Central Lancashire will be exhibiting and sponsoring the  annual FMA Conference in May.

UCLAN have several post graduate programmes which will be of particular interest to members wishing to advance their educational portfolio. Their MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation programme is lead by former Liverpool, Bolton and Burnley FC Physiotherapist Mark Leather and accordingly its appeal is that its relevance to all practitioners and across all disciplines.



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SWIMEX sponsor Medicine & Performance Team Award – Championship


Thank you to SwimEx who, this year, will be sponsoring  and  presenting one of our newest awards.

As an association it is vital that we recognise and promote the work of our members in Professional Football. It is incumbent on us therefore to make sure that colleagues in the game recognise too that our members endeavours are synonymous with a teams success, and that they collectively make a significant contribution to the overall “team “effort that results in that success.


Toropro support FMA Conference for 2nd year

The FMA Conference once again will see a presence from Toropro who are sponsoring the final educational session of the event to be delivered by the English Premier League and the Football Association.

“Toropro is a British company, producing the highest quality of products such as kinesiology tape, Myofascial tools and our new range of massage wax.

We are delighted to be in partnership with Football Medical Association for a second year running.

 Toro Pro is used by Premiership clubs, elite athletes, Team GB and the English Institute of sport. Our ethos is the emphasis and passion is to create and develop products that withstand the demands of elite athletes. Our products can be purchased from Fit4sport or directly from us at”

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Fantastic networking opportunity for medical & performance practitioners in professional sport

Nothing epitomises the growth of the FMA better than our annual conference sponsored by BSN Medical. Indeed, it is a visual benchmark of where we are and how we are developing as an association.

So, it is no coincidence that this year is set to be the best yet and across all fronts.

As an educational platform we once again look to our colleagues working in the sporting  arena to relate their own experiences within the scope of the Conference title, which this year is, ‘Development and Innovation in Sports Performance and Medicine’. The title deliberately allows scope for a wide variety of discussion points and ideas and what can be better than learning and identifying with fellow practitioners.

As a networking experience the event is second to none…

‘The conference was fantastic for our department last summer, we spent the Saturday night on a table with Middlesbrough’s staff discussing all things medical and sports science. Where else could you bring together two groups that in the previous season had been working in the top tier and the fifth tier? The networking element, that we took from the event was brilliant; several offers from superior club’s staff to visit their training grounds and get an insight into their work was remarkable. I personally have contacted a number of the people I met that weekend in order to seek advice or guidance on certain things this season’….Mike  Hine, Lincoln City FC

As an awards event we continue to recognise the tireless endeavours of our members and already we have had 4 times more nominations sent through than last year for various categories within the awards programme – a clear indication of the value in which these awards are now held.

With an exceptional event management team now in place, state of the art AV system and a well known host conducting the awards, the entire event now demonstrates exactly where we are!

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BSN Medical (an Essity company) take the lead at FMA Conference

BSN medical, a global leader in the worldwide healthcare market, specialising in the areas of Compression Therapy, Wound Care, and Orthopaedics, is delighted to continue supporting our business partnership with the Football Medical Association (FMA).

“Three years into our partnership with the association, and we continue to strengthen our relationship with the FMA, to mutually share insights, and develop offerings, with the aim of bringing maximum value to practitioners in the sports industry.

We are looking forward to supporting the two day conference this year as the FMA Conference sponsor and hope that sports medicine professionals benefit from an excellent combination of educational activities and networking opportunities.”

Not only are BSN Medical sponsoring the 5th Annual Conference but they will also be presenting the Outstanding Contribution to Football Medicine and Performance Award and Women’s Game Team Award at the FMA Awards dinner on Friday 18th May.  Tickets are available by clicking link below.

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EDGE 10 sponsors Exceptional Achievement Award 2018

On occasion a Club or Team will achieve outstanding success over and above what may be expected or anticipated. This award recognises that success and the role of the Medicine and Performance team in supporting and playing a part in the process.

The FMA Awards, now in its 5th year, continues to recognise tireless endeavours of our Members.  The FMA has already had four-times more nominations sent through than last year for various categories within the awards programme; a clear indication of the value in which these awards are now held.


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Women’s Game attendees soar at FMA Conference

This year’s FMA Conference is predicted to see 2 or more medical & performance personnel from every  team in the FA Women’s Super League 1 attending the event.

For the women’s game to flourish it is vital that staff engage and collaborate with colleagues in the men’s game and this year’s conference & awards is most certainly the catalyst for this to take place!

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English Premier League support the FMA Conference & Awards 2018

Following recent discussions the English Premier League (EPL) have agreed to support the Football Medical Association (FMA) Conference in May. The EPL will not only have a presence at the event but will contribute to the programme by co presenting an education session alongside the Football Association.
“ Bringing the Premier League into the framework of the FMA Conference & Awards is a clear illustration of intent from both organisations to work together in the best interests of our mutual audience.  This is certain to herald the start of more cooperative engagement between the FMA and the EPL; one which  can only be of benefit to our members and all within the football medicine and  performance arena.” Eamonn Salmon
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Meet Edge 10 – FMA 2018 conference sponsor

EDGE10 will be exhibiting at the FMA Conference & Awards and are also sponsoring the Exceptional Achievement Award at our fantastic dinner on Friday 18th May.

EDGE10 is the market leading award winning software solution that helps teams centralise, analyse and visualise all their athlete data across all departments regardless of source. This includes sport science, strength & conditioning, match statistics, coaching, medical, financial etc.

There are now 250+ teams using EDGE10 including the Houston Texans, Arsenal FC, Boston Celtics, Newcastle United, AFC Bournemouth, USA Track & Field, New York Knicks and the University of Nebraska.


Cardio Direct

Cardio Direct join our list of elite exhibitors at the FMA Conference 2018

Cardio Direct was formed in 2001 by Clare Addison and Lucia Amato. The business has grown from offering ambulatory monitoring to being a one-stop non-invasive cardiac investigation centre. In 2011 Caroline Westgate partnered with Cardio Direct as Principle Cardiac Physiologist and this enhanced the ultra sound service. Caroline performs Echo’s, Carotid duplex scans, contrast Echo’s and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening.

All our staff work to the same high standards of care and we all follow the same philosophy. We pride ourselves in our reputation for providing a professional and personable service.

Cardio Direct is a private clinic dedicated to providing high quality investigations, supporting specialists in the diagnosis of cardiac problems.

Our flexible booking system, opening times and state of the art equipment mean that individuals can have all the investigations they require under one roof at a time convenient for them.

For those patients unable to attend the clinic we offer a unique service where we can provide an office or home visit.


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The FMA Conference 2018 welcomes Pro Football Support

After working as a coach & sports science practitioner for 12 years within professional football club academies Guy Parkin founds Pro Football Support with a vision to create individualised athletic development for elite young players focusing on improving movement skills within elite young players

Pro Football Support provide sports science/athletic development support.  A fundamental component of this support is to analyse movement skills using a battery of tests specifically designed for young footballers created by Guy Parkin, Matt Portas & Dr Ric Lovell.  A desire of Pro Football Support even before the development of AMAT Performance has always been to try and expand the knowledge base around athletic development of young players through extensive research.

ADOLESCENT MOVEMENT ANALYSIS TOOL – Improving Athletic Performance in Young Athletes
AMAT Performance is designed to improve movement quality in young athletes through testing, analysis and training.

Over the past 6 seasons they have been fortunate to work with a large amount of elite young players at category 2 & 3 professional football club academies. This has translated into the research papers and conference presentations. Research will always be at the forefront of AMAT Performance and they are working hard towards the future papers


Perform Better


Perform Better, who specialise in strength and conditioning, sports science and rehabilitation, will be exhibiting at this year’s conference.  They are the elite sporting destination for some of the industry’s best sport and performance monitoring equipment and the only one of its kind in the UK. With experienced Strength & Conditioning coaches, a combined 30 years of gym design expertise & a manufacturing facility that provides bespoke gym equipment, Perform Better offer a full turnkey package that’ll meet your needs.

A major strength of Perform Better is their support team. Their experienced Sports Science team offer a service that ensures customers get the most from their equipment, both during installation and after.

Perform Better have access to leading experts in the Physiotherapy, Sports Rehabilitation and Recovery fields. These brilliant minds advise on the best equipment and practises in all areas of elite sport, helping to ensure you never miss out on the next sporting innovation.

The standard of exhibitors at this year’s conference and awards is exceptionally high and we look forward to welcoming back the Perform Better team.


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The FMA are pleased to announce that SEMPRIS are supporting the FMA Conference & Awards 2018 for the 5th year running.  SEMPRIS will will be supporting our 21 Club Award. (READ MORE) .

We would also like to thank SEMPRIS for sponsoring the drinks reception at our fantastic Awards event.

SEMPRIS was launched in 2010 in response to requests by doctors involved in the treatment of professional sportspeople for an indemnity scheme that provided comprehensive protection against the unique risks they face every day.

At the time, the MPS and MDU had chosen to limit or withdraw cover for any damages, claimants’ costs and/or defence costs relating to a claim against doctors from employers, clubs, agents and sponsors.

SEMPRIS members typically include orthopaedic consultants, radiologists, cardiologists, rheumatologists and SEM physicians.

Today, SEMPRIS is acknowledged to be the ONLY indemnity scheme for doctors involved in or exposed to the treatment of professional sportspeople.


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Welcome to the 2018 Conference, FMA business partner, Renew Enhanced Circulation

Renew Therapy gives everyone the opportunity to enhance their circulation through the introduction of External Counter Pulsation (ECP) technology. Widely regarded as an effective method to increase blood flow, ECP Therapy can help athletes improve their sports performance and injury recovery times. 

During treatment, inflatable cuffs are wrapped around the lower body, ECG sensors are then placed on the chest to detect the heartbeat. The inflation of the cuffs, in time with each heartbeat, compresses blood from the lower legs back to the heart, improving blood flow in and around the heart and throughout the body. The benefits of this treatment have clinically shown to provide improvement in vasodilation, increased VO2 and increased blood flow. The concept of obtaining a full cardio vascular workout without the physical stress of training can support athletes who are unable to train but still maintain a high level of cardiac fitness.


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Firstbeat is the leading provider of physiological analytics for sports and well-being. They transform heartbeat data into personalized information on exercise, stress and recovery. Hundreds of elite sports teams, wellness professionals, and millions of consumers worldwide trust Firstbeat to enhance performance and well-being.

Firstbeat was founded in 2002 in Jyväskylä, which is the hub of sports sciences of Finland with the University and physiology labs. Their mission is to use physiology and science to unlock human potential in health, performance and productivity.


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FMA Business Partner, BSN Medical, will once again be exhibiting at the FMA Conference & Awards this year in May.  BSN medical brands are well-known in professional sports medicine and have stood the test of time, with long-term product confidence recognised by Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists. Taping and strapping products such as Strappal and Leukoplast are used in daily practice, match days and to support the recovery of injured players.  BSN taping and strapping products are accepted as the premium brand of choice for sports professionals. READ MORE



We are delighted to welcome back FMA Business Club Member Game Ready to the FMA Conference & Awards 2018.  The Game Ready System combines Intermittent Compression with Circumferential Cold Therapy in one fully adjustable, easy-to-use, and adjustable application.RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) has long been used to treat acute and chronic injury and to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation after Orthopaedic surgery.  Traditional ice packs, cold therapy and static compression devices can be messy, require constant supervision, ongoing maintenance and difficult to use.  Developed by scientists and doctors using proprietary NASA space suit technology, the Game Ready System simultaneously delivers both adjustable cold therapy and intermittent compression, making it easy to apply the two most difficult-to-manage aspects of the RICE regime.The microprocessor-driven Control Unit and our Dual-Action Anatomical Wraps, featuring NASA spacesuit design, enable your treatment with the Game Ready System. READ MORE

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FMA Club Member Vivomed will be exhibiting at the 2018 Conference at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Hotel.  Vivomed is a family owned and run sports medicine supply company. Vivomed also has a licensed Pharmacy and 2 full time pharmacists meaning we can supply all your medical team’s requirements from physiotherapy consumables, pharmaceuticals to trauma equipment. READ MORE



Big thank you to LightForce® Therapy Lasers by LiteCure Medical who will be sponsoring the Scottish League Team Award at the FMA Conference & Awards 2018.  LightForce® Therapy Lasers by LiteCure Medical are the leading medical device company offering the latest in advanced laser products.

If your team deserves to win this award or you would like to nominate another team click here and tell us why!


Business Club Member Fit 4 Sport returns for 5th year

FMA Business Club Member, Fit 4 Sport, will once again support the FMA Conference & Awards.  Not only will they have a strong presence throughout the conference but they are also sponsoring the Member Awards for the  Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two at the evening dinner.  You can vote for your Team by clicking here.  We look forward to welcoming their team back at this year’s event. READ MORE


Lightforce Therapy Lasers exhibiting at FMA Conference

We are delighted that to welcome back Lightforce Therapy Lasers.

LightForce Therapy Lasers is the leading US–based manufacturer of deep tissue therapy lasers. Powering over 7,500 treatments worldwide everyday, and trusted by over 100 professional and collegiate sports organisations (including Watford Football Club), LightForce technology enables clinicians to consistently deliver superior rehabilitative outcomes by facilitating improved soft-tissue injury management, from prevention through healing.  With unparalleled customer service and an ongoing investment in research, LightForce is committed to supplying its customers with superior products that provide consistent therapeutic results, whenever and wherever needed.

LightForce is also the only laser therapy manufacturer to offer an extensive website dedicated to educating clinicians and patients on the therapeutic benefits of photobiomodulation. Featuring easily searchable and high-quality research articles, this website sheds light on the supporting science and provides answers to many of the most commonly asked questions on the technology.


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21 Club award


The FMA recognises those of you or your colleagues who have been in the game for over 21 years to receive our 21 Club award (kindly sponsored by Sempris).

If you are a doctor, physiotherapist, sports therapist, soft tissue therapist, sports scientist or of any medical or science discipline and you have been employed in professional football for over 21 years then you qualify.  We want to hear from you.


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The FMA is being supported by PHYSIOLAB® at this year’s conference. PHYSIOLAB® ‘s Elite unit won the 2016 i-NOVO Tech Award.  This recognises the innovative use of technology, highlighting the latest advances in primary, secondary care and rehabilitation.

The machine is a single solution for cooling, warming and compression, delivering clinically effective compression and contrast therapies including cryotherapy and thermotherapy.

It provides an intuitive clinical toolkit to support physiotherapists including accelerating soft tissue repair, improving body performance pre and post activity and aiding recovery pre and post surgery.

By using cooling, heating and compression combined or separately, PHYSIOLAB® delivers a precise, targeted, repeatable and clinically effective treatment which genuinely maximises the body’s ability to recover.  This level of precision and repeatability has simply never been possible before.

As experts in human performance equipment PHYSIOLAB’s ® innovative design overcomes the limitations of existing technologies, driving clinical practice forward to create clarity.



The FMA Awards Dinner is the highlight of the FMA Conference weekend.  We recognise those teams and individuals who have excelled during the current season and are delighted to commend them for their contribution to professional football.

Has your team excelled in terms of injury prevention, the treatment and management of injured players, working together as a team or had any extenuating circumstances?

Each year the FMA awards a team for the FMA Medical & Science Team Award. The categories are:



Division 1

Division 2

If you think that you would like to nominate your team or any other team then click the link below and tell us why.


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21 Club!

Have you been in the game for 21 years or more?  Has one of your colleagues? We want to know.  At the FMA Conference & Awards we acknowledge those of you have put in the years with a unique award.

Contact or call 0333 4567897

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Hotel Bookings

To book your accommodation at the Radisson Blu East Midlands please use the following details:

T: 01509 670575

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The FMA has a multitude of sponsorship opportunities including joining our trade exhibition, sponsoring the Medical & Science in Professional Football Awards, conference sponsorship, programme sponsorship and delegate pack inserts.

CLICK HERE for further information or contact or call 0333 4567897

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FMA Conference & Awards 2017 in pictures

Pictures courtesy of Jacinta Hennigan (contact to request any of the images)