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FMPA Conference & Awards Highlights 2019

We are delighted to bring you some of the highlights of the 6th annual FMPA Conference & Awards 2019.

Until next year….

SAVE THE DATE 22/23 May 2020

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“The 2019 FMPA Conference was, without question, the best conference I have attended in the last 10 years: the organisers should be congratulated on developing such a wide-ranging and engaging programme. Throughout the two-day conference, knowledgeable and experienced speakers presented high quality lectures on topics of current importance: I am certain that everyone attending the Conference learnt something of value from every presentation. The dates for the 2020 FMPA Conference have already been added to my calendar – it is definitely an event I will not want to miss.”
Dr Colin Fuller BSc, PhD, FRSC

“As always, a great few days with FMPA members at their annual Conference. The event really does go from strength to strength every year! Thanks to everyone who helped to organise and shared their knowledge.”
Craig Smith, Head of Fitness & Conditioning, Peterborough United FC

“It was a pleasure to present on our academy philosophy at the recent FMPA conference. An extremely well run couple of days, with some fantastic takeaways!”
Will Abbott, Head Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach, Brighton & Hove Albion FC

“It was great to see such a variety of practitioners, old and young and from different disciplines all congregating to share knowledge and discuss improving athlete health and performance. Improving the links between medical and Strength & Conditioning staff is vital for the holistic development of the athlete and it was great to see a commitment from all to understanding the need for accredited and proven competency in delivering athletic development training to all.”
Kevin Paxton, Head of Academy Sports Science, Leicester City FC

“The FMPA continues to deliver a fantastic line-up of speakers working in vastly different roles across the football landscape. The 2019 conference was a fantastic opportunity to learn, as well as catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones.”
Callum Repper, Women’s Team Physiotherapist, Women’s Professional Development Phase, The FA

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Thank you to all our delegates, sponsors and exhibitors who helped to raise £44.88 at the FMPA Conference & Awards on 17/18 May.

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SwimEx Sports Fitness, Hydrotherapy Pools and Plunge Tanks have delivered Sports Wellbeing since 1986. SwimEx’s unique paddlewheel delivers fantastic laminar flow water resistance for sports peak performance training and rehabilitation. Athletes can also commence recovery exercises much earlier due to the buoyancy of the SwimEx water alleviating their bodyweight, accelerating their return to action and helping prevent future injuries.

SwimEx also offer motorised underwater treadmills for aqua running which can be included in a new pool or a drop in self propelled resistance version for existing pools.

SwimEx is the preferred system for American Baseball, Basketball, Hockey and NFL teams including current Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots and past champions the Denver Broncos, as well as US special forces Navy Seals.

In the UK and Ireland we have installations at Help For Heroes Recovery Centre and Headquarters at Tedworth House,  British Military Special Forces, Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City football teams.

In 2018 following Wolves promotion and return to the Premiership we installed a fully equipped hydrotherapy suite at their training ground which includes their SwimEx 600T pool, two hot and cold deep water plunge pools, a salt inhalation steam room and a custom designed deep water ice bath at Molineux Stadium.

Please see our website or review our extensive physiotherapy library on YouTube.

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The PFA have confirmed partnership for the upcoming sixth annual conference & awards.

This is a welcome addition to the event which already has engagement with the Premier League and the FA.  Delegate numbers have already exceeded last years at this point and we expect to sell out the event which takes place on 17/18 May 2019.

“We are delighted to support the FMPA Conference and Awards in recognition of the work of your association and its members, the illumination of good practice and innovative procedures which are all for the benefit of our members.” Gordon Taylor, CEO, PFA

“ I am delighted that the PFA have agreed to partner the FMPA Conference and Awards. Since player welfare is the priority for both the FMPA and the PFA there is much common ground and we have always been well received by the PFA during numerous meetings these past years. I am sure this partnership will our ongoing relationship and I look forward to continuing engagement between the two organisations moving forwards.” Eamonn Salmon, CEO, FMPA


Essity - Proud Sponsors of FMPA Conference 2019

Essity, trading as BSN medical Limited, offers brands that have stood the test of time and are well-known in professional sports medicine, with long-term product confidence recognised by Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists alike. Taping and strapping products such as Strappal® and Leukoplast® are used in daily practice, match days and to support the recovery of injured players. Essity taping and strapping products are accepted as the premium brand of choice for sports professionals.

Partnering with the FMPA enables Essity to support communication and delivery of education directly to sport medicine professionals, providing learning on a wide range of conditions and indications. We are looking forward to working with the FMPA and are eager to start the 2019 / 2020 season off successfully, demonstrating that this partnership is beneficial to members and the wider audience to which the FMPA offer their support.

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The English Premier League will once again support the FMPA Conference & Awards which takes place on 17/18 May 2019 at the Radisson Blu East Midlands hotel.

The Premier League are engaging with the event to ensure that a healthy contingent of Academy staff attend the conference to benefit from an outstanding educational and networking programme.

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Reward your team with a great night out AND a fantastic educational programme

The FMPA Conference & Awards is already firmly established as the event in the football medicine and science calendar.  This year will be our SIXTH conference and the programme is again exceptional and hosts content and debate about topics that we all need to be aware of whether medicine or performance practitioners.  The latest programme can be viewed here: 

The FMPA Awards Dinner is a highlight of the FMPA Conference weekend where 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.

Each year the FMPA presents the FMPA Medical & Performance Team Award, this year it will be hosted by BBC SPORTS PRESENTER, HUGH FERRIS.

As Head of your department, this is a fantastic way for you and your team to get together with at the end of the season, connect with colleagues old and new and support those who have made an exceptional contribution to the professional game over the 2018/2019 season.

Should you wish to book your medicine & performance team on the conference please click on the following link to download the form, return and we can invoice your club directly!  LINK:

Booking as an individual?  Click the link below.

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Are we reaching capacity?

The FMPA Conference & Awards is approaching fast and places are being snapped up.  This year has already seen an increase in the number of Clubs paying for their medicine and performance teams to attend the event.

Now in its SIXTH year the FMPA Conference & Awards has become THE event in the football medicine and performance calendar.  Combining excellence in educational content, networking opportunities and gala awards dinner makes this a unique event for members and business partners alike.

“I just wanted to drop you and your team a quick note to say thank you for an excellently run and organised conference.  I attend a lot of conferences and this was certainly one of the best.  Look forward to seeing you next year.” Chris Webb, Vivomed

Excellent day of learning and catching up with old friends at the FMPA Conference. Superb presentations with also a poignant reminder that as medics & professionals we have a duty of care to our players regarding mental health awareness.”  Tony Tompos, Physiotherapist, Aberdeen FC”

The 2019 FMPA Conference & Awards will take place on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th May 2019 at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Hotel with the gala dinner, this year, on Friday evening supported by renowned Events Management Team, Road3.

The entire two days is a great way for you to network with colleagues, professionals and our speakers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Should you wish to book your medicine & performance team on the conference please contact  Booking as an individual?  Click the link below.

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This year we are once again delighted that Game Ready have chosen to exhibit at the FMPA Conference 2019.

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.


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The FMPA are delighted to announce that BBC TV presenter Hugh Ferris will be hosting the FMPA awards evening at the FMPA Conference & Awards 2019 17/18 May.

Hugh is a TV, radio and events presenter with nearly 16 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 Zoe Ball 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.

Have you booked your place yet?


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This year the FMPA are pleased to be supporting a fantastic charity – Children with Cancer.  Regional Fundraising Manager, Ashleigh McCluskey said “On behalf of all my colleagues at Children with Cancer UK, I’d like to say a huge thank you for choosing us as your official charity partner for 2019 – we are absolutely thrilled!

We look forward to enjoying a successful partnership with you and supporting you with your fundraising. Your support will be vital, helping us to continue accelerating breakthroughs in research, enabling more children with cancer to ring the end of treatment bell and keeping their families together.”

DONATE NOW: Text FMPA99 £(amount) to 70070 or CLICK HERE

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Physiological Measurements Ltd (PML) have been awarded provider status by the Sport and Exercise Medicine Department of The FA to undertake cardiology screening or cardiac profiling on their behalf.

We offer a mobile service that in every way duplicates the service that you would receive in a hospital. This includes portable digital ECG and Echo systems that can be set up in your medical room or other facility, saving you valuable time and other club resources. In addition, we have a number of fixed sites that players are able to attend in the event that short notice screening is required for compliance issues.

As a result, we have now been providing a mobile service screening sportsmen and women from a wide range of sports, including FA Scholars for the last 19 years. 

All ECGs and echocardiograms are conducted by appropriately experienced physiologists and reported on by consultant cardiologists on the FA Approved panel. This year saw us provide cardiology screening to 62 Clubs from League 2 to the Premier League, we also provide Cardiology Screening to the FA at St Georges Park in support of National Teams.

We also provide services to county cricket sides, professional cycling, rugby union and rugby league.


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The FMPA are delighted to have the support of Kick It Out for the FMPA Conference & Awards 2019. For the last 25 years Kick It Out has been at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for everyone who plays, watches or participates in football.

Having started as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, it has evolved into an organisation which – working alongside its partners The FA, the Premier League, the English Football League, The Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation, among others – fights all forms of discrimination in the game we love.

Since its inception, Kick It Out has provided a clear, independent voice within the game to challenge discrimination and exclusion, as well as education for professional players, clubs and staff, fans, grassroots organisations and beyond.

The organisation also provides mentoring and guidance to help underrepresented groups participate in football and secure opportunities to develop a career in the game.

Kick It Out has established an equality framework for professional clubs, supporting the development of equality practices and policies, and enabled more effective reporting and investigating of complaints of discriminatory abuse through its pioneering reporting app.

However, despite 25 years of progress, hatred, prejudice, abuse and discrimination are still evident in our society and in football.

In the 2018/19 season and beyond we want everyone involved in football to continue to campaign for equality and challenge discrimination, while playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves the game.

Let’s kick racism and discrimination out of football – together


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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.


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Nothing epitomises the growth of the FMPA better than our annual conference. 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, ‘21st Century Player Preparation – How far have we come? ’. 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 with nominations from medicine and performance practitioners within the professional game.  Details to be announced.

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

T: 01509 670575

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Quote FMPA Conference for discounted prices!



The FMPA has a multitude of sponsorship opportunities including joining our trade exhibition, sponsoring the Medicine & Performance 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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Nigel Cox is currently Mens Development Physiotherapist for the FA and is former head of medical services at Derby County FC and Queens Park Rangers FC and has over 20 years experience in Professional football.


Dr Amit Pannu is currently Derby County FC Club Doctor and is a Member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine. He is also Former Head of Sports Medicine at Blackburn Rovers and Chief Medical Officer for England and Huddersfield Giants in Rugby League.


Kevin Paxton is the Head of Academy Sports Science at Leicester City FC.  He is also a serving member on the board of the UKSCA and is an Associate Lecturer at Derby University.

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Pictures courtesy of Jess Holt (contact to request any of the images)