FMA Conference Programme 2017*

“Hard to Break”

Building resilience in modern day athletes


27 – 28 May 2017 at Radisson Blu –  East Midland Airport

SATURDAY 27th MAY 2017


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10.00 Registration Opens Please sign in and collect your delegate bag
12.00 Opening Address, Wheatcroft Suite Eamonn Salmon

Chief Executive

Football Medical Association


The Five Steps to a Winning Mindset

12.15 Key Note Presentation Professor Damien Hughes

Professor of Organisational Psychology & Change

Manchester Metropolitan University


Building Resilience in Modern-Day Athletes – A Strength & Conditioning and

Rehabilitation Perspective

‘Physical Robustness’, ‘Grit’, and ‘Resiliency’ are words and phrases most spoken about by practitioners, and everyone wants to know how to get more of ‘it’! Today, more than ever, key stakeholders recognize that one of the key factors for success (or failure) of their season is the ability (or inability) of their athletes to be resilient.

The younger generations of athletes are growing up in a time where we have a much higher standard of living then previous generations. In their everyday life, resiliency as a skill, is not often being called upon and therefore underdeveloped. Are we expecting too much for our athletes to ‘arrive’ at our programs with strong resiliency skills already developed?

Sport requires athletes to bounce back from setbacks immediately. This session will explore the fundamentals of what resilience is, how resilient athletes behave, the stages of coping and recovery from setbacks, and the key strategies for building resilience.

13.00 Building Resilience Through Applied Strength & Conditioning Dr. Ben Rosenblatt  

Lead Men’s Physical Performance Coach

The F.A.

13.30 Building Resilience in The Rehabilitation Process John Kiely 

Senior Lecturer in Elite Performance

University of Central Lancashire


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Building Resilience in Modern-Day Athletes – A Multi-disciplinary Approach

14.45 A Medical Perspective Mark Gillett

Director of Performance

West Bromwich Albion FC

15.00 A Psychiatrist’s Perspective

Growth Mindset and Building Resilience

Dr Jag Basra

Doctor of Psychiatry

15.15 A Sports Science Perspective Dr Carl Wells

Sport Science Lead


15.30 Q & A


From Data to Performance – Is it working?

Preparing athletes for elite competition involves the coach, the athlete and a number of sports medicine and sports science practitioners. Each needs to appreciate the significance and complementary nature of one another’s roles if performance of the athlete is to be maximized. Modern coaches need to have sufficient knowledge and understanding of ‘Soccer Science’ principles, and how to use these principles in a co-ordinated manner. Moreover, coaches working at the elite level, need to be familiar with the significant contributions that sports scientists, biomechanists, psychologists, sports medicine practitioners and nutritionist can offer.

Without such knowledge, they will be unable to make critical decisions that impact on the holistic performance of athletes. If the role of the coach is to assimilate information and drive the coaching process, then it is the role of the soccer scientist to monitor, record and deliver performance insights. Just as modern coaches need to be familiar with the significant contributions that sports science can offer, soccer scientists need to be familiar with the specific demands of soccer and the appropriate methods to communicate with athletes and coaches.

15.45 The Future of Data and Performance Michael Clarkson

Catapult Sports 

16.00 Are We Creating a Soft Generation?  Robin Thorpe

Sport Scientist

Manchester United FC

16.15 The Future in Football Ben Marlow

Head of Football

21st Club

16.30 Q & A

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Conference Lobby

Welcome to our 4th Annual Awards Dinner

Wheatcroft Suite

FMA Conference Programme 2017

27 – 28 May 2017 at Radisson Blu –  East Midland Airport

SUNDAY 28th MAY 2017


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Physical Preparation & Skill Development, the Gymnastics Way

9.30 Key Note Presentation Nick Ruddock

Performance Gymnastics Coach

10.00 Q & A  



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Building Resilience – a Coach’s perspective

 The Football Association

In this session a professional game coach/manager will be interviewed by The FA Performance Education Team as to how they utilise the multidisciplinary teams available to them and how they use these resources to achieve winning results. The team will focus in particular on questions around the coaches values and beliefs, the environment they try to create, their approach to making players fit to perform repeatedly and their consideration for future player development. Questions around developing and maintaining robustness will also be fielded and there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.
A professional Manager/Coach in conversation with the FA’s Performance & Medical Education Team

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Performance Education Team:

Justyn Price, Lead

Joce Brooks, Psychology

Lisa Hodgson, Medical

Matt Portas, Physical Performance

Shall Hall, Performance Analysis

David Court, Talent ID

11.30 Q & A
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Future Physiotherapists, Doctors, Science Practitioners & Sports Therapists in Football.

What should their profile be?

This session will discuss and debate what should be the profile of the physiotherapist, doctor, sports therapist and scientist in football.  Should the practitioner be multi-skilled with extensive knowledge of each others work or should they work in intellectual silos?  Should there be more collective responsibility and sharing of success and failure?  Are there examples of “better” practice of ways of working? What are the medico legal consequences of working outside are own professional remit?

As service delivery providers how do we increase our level of expertise and not be guilty of just practicing the way we have done for the last 10 years.

What is best for the Club as compared to what is best for the practitioner or are these one and the same?

Does the physiotherapist need to get back to the basics of remedial work and classic effective rehabilitation and prevention pathways rather than mini managing areas outside that of physiotherapy?  If so how?  Does the scientist need to step away from being a fitness assistant or a GPS guru and get more embedded in local academia?  If so how?

Should we all be able to cross over one another so in times of leave that we have a unit that continues to function? Should we now enforce the specialty of football medicine rather than the generic and vague ‘sport and exercise medicine’?

What is the practitioner of the future?

11.45 A Physiotherapist Perspective  Chris Moseley

Head Physiotherapist 

Middlesbrough FC

11.55 A Doctors Perspective Dr Richard Higgins                                  

Club Doctor @ Sheffield Wednesday FC

Medical Advisor to the EFL 

12.o5 A Sport Science Perspective  Richard Evans

Head of Team & Individual Fitness

Royal Belgian Football Association

12.15 A Sports Therapist Perspective Ben Thompson

Performance Therapist

Manchester City FC

12.15 Q & A
12.45 Closing Address  Eamonn Salmon


Football Medical Association