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THREE P’S OF PRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE

11.05.22

Welcome to the FMPA Conference 2022! This years event will be a series of on-line workshops, FREE for FMPA Members. Here FMPA Education Co-ordinator, Kevin Paxton, tells us a little bit more about what we can expect: “After 20+ years of working in professional soccer, many of which have been in English academy or senior […]

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Performance nutrition and behaviour change

09.05.22

DR DAN MARTIN Performance nutrition and behaviour change Dr Dan Martin is the Consultant Performance Nutritionist for Southampton FC’s First Team. Prior to joining Southampton, he worked with Huddersfield Town FC’s First Team. He also currently works with the Haas Formula 1 Team, The Professional Jockeys Association and the English Institute of Sport. He completed […]

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Interested in being part of the FMPA Education Team?

21.04.22

We are looking for a diverse range of professionals interested in Sport & Exercise Medicine or Football Medicine & Performance. Job Description Retrieving HOT TOPIC articles in football medicine and performance for the FMPA editorials Contributing to the Football Medicine & Performance podcasts Liaising with partners Benefits This is a non-paid role however you will […]

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Role of the sport scientist in elite football and being a woman in the football industry

17.04.22

DR LAURA BOWEN Dr Laura Bowen is Lead Sport Scientist for Southampton FC Women & Girls and in the past worked as a Sport Scientist with Southampton’s men’s First Team. She also works as a Consultant at FIFA. She has done a PhD on workloads and injury risk in Premier League Football and has a […]

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Primary ACL Reconstruction in professional footballers: Factors affecting return to play and graft re-rupture

11.04.22

Kyle Borque, Ganesh Balendra, Mary Jones, Mitzi Laughlin, Lukas Willinger, Vitor Hugo Pinheiro, Andy Williams Modern ACL reconstruction (ACLR) techniques have led to incrementally improved outcomes in professional footballers. The primary concern of both athlete and their team is whether the athlete will be able to return to play (RTP) and when that will happen. […]

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Message from FMPA CEO Eamonn Salmon

28.03.22

As we finally emerge from the latest round of the pandemic, there is an increasing sense of optimism that we will be back to normal ahead of the 2022/23 season. That’s if you can call next season “normal” Due to the World Cup, the start of the 2022/3 season is almost colliding with the current […]

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INTEGRATING PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS WITHIN THE MDT

23.03.22

MATHEW PEARSON Head of Performance & Research Wolverhampton Wanderers FC   Performance analysis is traditionally seen as being a discipline to support the coaching staff and players. As the area has evolved and the technology utilised has continued to develop it has allowed analysis to be integrated to a far greater extent across the MDT. […]

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THE MDT: PERSPECTIVES OF A S&C COACH LEADING A SPORTS SCIENCE AND MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

21.03.22

LUKE JENKINSON Head of Sports Science & Academy Medicine Derby County FC The inherent nature of the performance and medicine department is multifaceted with a breadth of disciplines aiding performance. Spanning from detailed physiology, to biomechanics, psychology (performance and mental health), nutrition requires a team of specialists to all cohesively feed into a dynamic environment with […]

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ENERGY AVAILABILITY STATUS OF PROFESSIONAL FEMALE FOOTBALL PLAYERS

16.03.22

DR NICKY KEAY Nicky is a world-renowned Sport Endocrine Specialist; She currently has roles as an honorary clinical lecturer in Medicine at University College London and a Research Fellow in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University. Nicky has gained extensive clinical and research experience in both Endocrinology and Sport and Dance […]

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‘football medicine & performance’ Issue 37 – OUT NOW

15.03.22

Whilst the UK government lifts COVID-19 restrictions, the Premier League is continuing with its COVID-19 testing programme. With varying rules across the board, this will no doubt bring some significant challenges for medical teams within the game, particularly around the ethical dilemmas arising out of the need to prioritise player welfare whilst satisfying not only […]

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FITNESS & FOOTBALL: HOW CAN MEMBERS OF THE MDT WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO AID SESSION DESIGN & COMPLETENESS

14.03.22

FRANKIE HUNTER Head of Fitness Middlesbrough FC Team – group of individuals working together towards a common goal.  A challenge to staff MDT is ensuring our support is directed correctly to a team full of players with individual needs. This talk will explore the role of Fitness staff and how they can work together with Football coaches […]

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – A VALUABLE CURRENT & FUTURE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM MEMBER?

25.02.22

RICH BUCHANAN Performance Director Zone7 The presentation will touch on the data landscape in football for injury risk management. We will explore the current challenges faced by MDT’s to leverage big workload datasets for injury mitigation and highlight how artificial intelligence is already being successfully deployed in the football industry to reduce injury rates. AVAILABLE ON […]

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DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS: A PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY PERSPECTIVE

23.02.22

DARREN DEVANEY Psychologist Arsenal FC Traditionally, the perception of performance psychology support has involved working one-to-one directly with players. However, psychology support within football has increasingly shifted toward a more systemic approach, including working with and through the Multi-disciplinary team. This presentation will discuss perspectives on how this level of support may prove more impactful […]

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THE NEXT 10 YEARS: A MAGIC ROUNDABOUT OR THE HOLY GRAIL?

21.02.22

MARK LEATHER   Senior Lecturer in Sports Medicine & Therapy   University of Central Lancashire   As football performance practitioners what have we learned over the years, how do we see the next ten years evolving?   More research?  More data?  More stats?  More confusion?  More chaos?  Perhaps yes and why not?   May be […]

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BASKETBALL IN A BUBBLE

17.02.22

DR JUDY SETO Director of Sports Performance Los Angeles Lakers To help ensure the completion of the NBA season impacted by the pandemic last year, the league took a drastic approach in establishing a bubble during the playoffs. This required 22 teams to enter a never before seen bubble environment that in the end lasted […]

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MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM APPROACH IN A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL CLUB: FC BARCELONA EXPERIENCE

15.02.22

DR GIL RODAS Head of Medical Area FC Barcelona How do FC Barcelona work together as a club in different departments such as medical, performance, sports analytics and methodology?  How do doctors, physiotherapists, physical coaches, coaches, etc… strive to work together to make decisions on a daily basis with the same objective in mind?  As always even […]

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SPORT NUTRITION IN AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SPORT SCIENCE SUPPORT PROGRAM: A FOCUS UPON INJURY

14.02.22

PROFESSOR GRAEME L. CLOSE Professor of Human Physiology, LJMU Head of Performance Nutrition, England Rugby Head of Performance Nutrition, The European Tour Golf and European Ryder Cup Team Despite sport nutrition being a fundamental component of athletic performance, the discipline of sport nutrition is relatively new and therefore the role of the sport nutritionist is often […]

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PULLING (HAMSTRINGS) TOGETHER!!

10.02.22

JAMES ALLEN Former Senior Team Physiotherapist IRFU As the sporting world has tried to adapt to the pandemic-induced  challenges of maintain athletic performance and preventing injury in the face of restricted practice, there is constant doom-mongering predicting a tsunami of soft tissue injuries as various levels of competitive sports resume. As one of the most […]

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New Podcast: Oral health and performance in football – Dr Saul Konviser

07.02.22

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Saul is a General Dentist with a special interest in the area of Sports Dentistry, working to promote oral health amongst the sporting community. He qualified with his Dental degree from Kings College London Dental Institute but has previously completed a bachelor’s degree in Physiology & Pharmacology from Bristol, […]

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LEARNING FROM COACHES AND COACH EDUCATION: HOW CAN PHYSICAL COACHES AND PRACTITIONERS MORE EFFECTIVELY INTEGRATE INTO A CONTEMPORARY FOOTBALL MDT?

04.02.22

Dr Matthew Portas, Talent ID & Development Education Lead, FA Education   Reflecting on his work with the education of English professional game coaches working at youth and senior level Matt will discuss how the coach education curriculum is helping coaches to better understand aspects of physical performance in relation to the development and performance […]