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December 2021

HUGO SCHECKTER – Founder & Managing Director, The Player Care Group

What is Player Care?

Hugo started The Player Care Group after leaving West Ham United FC, where he was Head of Player Care from 2018 to the end of 2020. He was brought in by the Hammers to create the Player Care department from scratch, inheriting a difficult situation and turning it into a smoothly functioning department with an effective staff who possessed complementary skills. Prior to that, Hugo was at Southampton FC  as their first Player/Team Liaison Officer, setting up their Player Care offering and helping to make Southampton FC a springboard for some of the world’s best footballing talent.

Enda King

October 2021

ENDA KING

Hip and Groin Rehabilitation

Enda King PhD MSc combines his roles as a sports physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach, researcher, and educator through his work with individual athletes and elite teams across a spectrum of sports and disciplines. Currently, he is Head of Performance Rehabilitation with Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin, Ireland and traveling internationally to work with athletes and professional clubs. He currently lives in Ireland with his wife Michelle and their 3 children Eleanor, Ethan and Iarlaith.

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October 2021

ANNA WEST

Importance of Sleep for Elite Footballers

Anna West is a Sleep, Recovery and Well-Being Specialist working with Brentford FC and Founder of Sleep2Perform, a high-performance consultancy who specialise in sleep and recovery.

Sleep2Perform website: https://www.sleep2perform.com

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SEPTEMBER 2021

Dr Patrick O’Halloran – Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

Diagnosis of concussion in sport: Saliva as an objective marker

Dr Patrick O’Halloran is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar in the West Midlands. He is the current matchday Doctor with Worcester Warriors as well as the England Women’s Rugby Pathway Doctor.  Patrick is also a member of the NICE Head Injury Guideline update committee. As part of his work on head injuries, Patrick has been involved in development of the groundbreaking saliva diagnostic test of concussion as a Senior Medical Advisor with Marker Diagnostics UK Ltd

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June 2021

Rest vs Reps: Getting This Preseason Right

Much has been made of the fitness issues that have plagued the footballing world for the last year. Stunted calendars, disrupted schedules and a lack of a proper preseason underpinned the quality and consistency of player performance in 2020/21. In what will be a return to normality for scheduling, how are clubs planning on undoing the disruption of the previous year in 2021/22?

Andrea Riboli – Adjunct Professor, Universita Delgi Studi Di Milano

Juan Monar – Strength & Conditioning First Team Coach, Valencia CF

Paolo Rongoni, Head of Strength & Conditioning, Olympique Lyonnaise

Richard Collinge – Head of Medical, West Ham United FC

Andrew Shafik, Doctor, Millwall FC

Paul Mcveigh

MAY 2021

Paul McVeigh – Expert in Elite performance

The Psychology of Success

For over 25 years, Paul McVeigh has been an elite performer in two of the most competitive industries on the planet; elite sport and performance psychology.

As a Premier League and International football player for Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Northern Ireland, Paul competed with and against the best players in the world on a daily basis which has shaped his understanding of his methodology of high performance. As a world-renowned expert in elite  performance, Paul’s credibility comes from his unique combination of reaching the pinnacle of elite sport as well as being the first Premier League footballer to qualify with a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Paul specialises in implementing the mental tools required to elevate the performance of leaders and teams from organisations across the world; especially financial services, technology, and the professional services industry. He has recently worked with PWC, Grant Thornton, Aviva, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Nat West, Microsoft, Cisco and many more.

The insights that Paul shares are even more applicable today in our remote and virtual workplaces, which help empower individuals to understand that our mindset and thinking habits unlock the required behaviours that are necessary for elite performance.

Paul shares his psychological framework from growing up in war torn Belfast, Ireland alongside the strategies he implemented performing under the intense scrutiny of 75,000 fans across the world. He is also an established broadcaster on TV and radio with BBC, Sky Sports, BT Sport and is a published author of the ironically entitled book ‘The Stupid Footballer is Dead’.

The insights Paul shared as a Sport Psychologist for two Premier League clubs, Crystal Palace and Norwich City, he has helped a number of players compete in, what is considered, the most prestigious and ruthless sports league in the world.

For over 25 years, Paul McVeigh has been an elite performer in two of the most competitive industries on the planet; elite sport and performance psychology.

As a Premier League and International football player for Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Northern Ireland, Paul competed with and against the best players in the world on a daily basis which has shaped his understanding of his methodology of high performance. As a world-renowned expert in elite  performance, Paul’s credibility comes from his unique combination of reaching the pinnacle of elite sport as well as being the first Premier League footballer to qualify with a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Paul specialises in implementing the mental tools required to elevate the performance of leaders and teams from organisations across the world; especially financial services, technology, and the professional services industry. He has recently worked with PWC, Grant Thornton, Aviva, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Nat West, Microsoft, Cisco and many more.

The insights that Paul shares are even more applicable today in our remote and virtual workplaces, which help empower individuals to understand that our mindset and thinking habits unlock the required behaviours that are necessary for elite performance.

Paul shares his psychological framework from growing up in war torn Belfast, Ireland alongside the strategies he implemented performing under the intense scrutiny of 75,000 fans across the world. He is also an established broadcaster on TV and radio with BBC, Sky Sports, BT Sport and is a published author of the ironically entitled book ‘The Stupid Footballer is Dead’.

The insights Paul shared as a Sport Psychologist for two Premier League clubs, Crystal Palace and Norwich City, he has helped a number of players compete in, what is considered, the most prestigious and ruthless sports league in the world.

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April 2021

RACHEL DAVIS, HEAD OF MEDICAL, HARROGATE TOWN FC

Why is there a lack of women working in men’s football? 

Rachel Davis has a BSc Degree in Sport and Exercise Therapy and an MSc in Physiotherapy from Leeds Beckett University. She started her career in non-league football working for Wakefield FC and Harrogate Railway FC before securing a position within the Leeds United FC Academy, working with the U9-U16.  

Working with a first team was always her ambition so in 2014 she applied and was successful for the first team physiotherapy role at Harrogate Town AFC, who were then in the National League North. Alongside working part time with Harrogate she worked as a Physiotherapist at Henshaws College, doing hydrotherapy and rebound therapy for students with cerebral palsy and other physical and learning disabilities.  

In 2017 Town turned full time and Rachel became Head Physiotherapist and Head of Medical for the club. Harrogate got promoted to the EFL in August 2020 during the COVID-19 Pandemic and becomes the only female Head Physiotherapist in the EFL.  

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Sarah Murray

March 2021

Sarah Murray, Senior Psychologist, Brighton & Hove Albion FC

Bringing well-being into the performance picture

Sarah is currently women’s senior psychologist at Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club working with the first team in the WSL top tier. Having joined BHAFC in 2013 she was tasked with setting up performance psychology across the whole club, performance psychology is integrated fully from the bottom up and from the top down within both the women’s and men’s sections to ensure the mentality of players coming through is developed to positively impact on pitch performance during the season.

Sarah has also been a senior lecturer in Sport Psychology at the University of Chichester using her applied to experience to support the next generation of Sport Psychologists.

Sarah graduated from Brighton University with a degree in Sport Science and then completed a PGCE in PE teaching. After 8 years as a Physical Education teacher she decided to pursue her passion for the mental side of performance and completed an MSc in Sports Psychology at Brunel University, going on to gain BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) accreditation in 2012.

Before going full time in football she ran her own consultancy working with both individual athletes and teams including England cricket, various professional golfers, England Athletics AASE programmes, England Lacrosse, Football Referees Association and Sport Coach UK.

Sarah has many years coaching and playing experience in sport and has spent much time working with young athletes due to her teaching background. Her own sporting experience is extensive, having played national league Hockey and played at regional level in Cricket, Tennis and Football.

 

Sarah is interviewed by Dr Andrew Shafik, a junior doctor in London, BJSM reviewer and Editorial Board Member at FMPA’s publication ‘football medicine & performance’.

Links:

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11970860/psychology-in-football-missed-opportunity-for-the-english-game

https://eightypercentmental.com/ – Culture drives well being and therefore performance (see podcast)
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February 2021

Dr Zaf Iqbal (Head of Medical – Crystal Palace FC), Dr Imtiaz Ahmad (Head of Medical – QPR FC), David Fevre (Fevre Consultancy, formerly Manchester United FC & Blackburn Rovers FC)

Chaired by Dr Andrew Shafik (Junior Doctor, BJSM Reviewer, Editorial Board Member at FMPA)

Who has the last word?

Manager, Doctor, Physio, Performance Manager, Nutritionist, Player. Nowadays, all are involved in the maintenance and tuning of a high performance athletic machine. But who has priority in decision making? And who should? Have decision making structures been updated to take account of the new realities of dealing with elite sportsmen and women in football?

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January 2021

Dr Paul Balsom, Sports Scientist & UEFA Pro-qualifed Coach, Leicester City FC

The importance of performance analyst within the MDT and the role and application of AI.

Dr Paul Balsom is a sports scientist and UEFA pro-qualified coach, with over 20 years of international experience at the highest level of FIFA and UEFA football match activities. He has been a member of the backroom staff at Leicester City since 2008 and King Power owned club OH Leuven in Belgium since 2017. He is also Performance Manager for the Swedish National Men’s team. Paul is Head of the UEFA Fitness for Football Advisory Group and has a special interest in how technology and data can be used to enhance performance

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December 2020

KAREN CARNEY, RETIRED FOOTBALLER & EX-OLYMPIAN

HIGH PERFORMANCE AND MEDICINE & THE VISA SECOND HALF PROGRAMME

Karen Carney is a retired footballer and ex-Olympian who played for Birmingham City/Arsenal/Chicago Red Stars/Chelsea/ over 100 caps for England and Team GB. Karen is a current commentator and pundit at the BBC and BT Sport where she provides expert analysis on various games. She is highly skilled in Sports Science and Sports Psychology and has an MSc focussed in Performance Psychology. She is also a Consultant to VISA helping develop the Second Half Programme. To top it all off, Karen received an MBE in 2017 for her services to football.

Will Abbott

November 2020

Dr Will Abbott, Academy Performance Manager at Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

The benefits and challenges of conducting research within professional sport and how to feed back scientific investigations.

Will is the Academy Performance Manager at Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club having previously gained experience working as a strength & conditioning and sport science practitioner at the club. Will’s current role is to lead a team of S&C, sport science, nutrition and medical practitioners towards achieving a common objective. He also has a PhD in the monitoring and prescription of GPS training load in elite academy soccer athletes.

Dr Abbott is interviewed by Dr Andrew Shafik, a junior doctor in London, BJSM reviewer and Editorial Board Member at FMPA’s publication ‘football medicine & performance’.

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October 2020

DR JONNY GORDON, EMERGENCY MEDICINE CONSULTANT & FIRST TEAM DOCTOR, MEN’S SCOTLAND NATIONAL FOOTBALL SQUAD

PITCHSIDE IMMEDIATE CARE, FOOTBALL MEDICINE PATIENT CARE AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN COVID-19

Jonny is as an Emergency Medicine Consultant in Glasgow and is the first team doctor to the men’s Scotland national football squad. He has also been the first team doctor at Celtic FC and was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2007 Jonny founded the company SportPromote to provide education and equipment to health care professionals involved with emergency situations in sport. The course proved to be exceptionally popular and in 2012 he was selected by the UEFA Medical Committee to be Course Director for the first Football Doctor Education Programme Workshop run in Vienna. Jonny remains as a consultant to UEFA on emergency medicine matters and has also published 2 books on Sports Medicine. 

 

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September 2020

DR JONATHAN HANSON, SPORTS MEDICINE CONSULTANT

Human factors in high performance football and concussion recognition in major tournaments

Dr Jonathan Hanson is a Sports Medicine Consultant with a background in emergency medicine. He worked as an emergency care advisor to the FA and worked on head injury systems and immediate care to the Mens team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Jonathan wrote the FA Area course which preceded the current ATMIF course.Jonathan is currently team doctor at Glasgow Warriors Rugby and has extensive experience of working at the Beijing olympics and with the Scottish Rugby Union.

Jonathan is interviewed by Dr Andrew Shafik, Foundation Year 2 Doctor, Northern Deanery, BJSM reviewer and Editorial Board Member at FMPA’s publication ‘football medicine & performance”.

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July 2020

Dr Liam Anderson, Head of Sports Science & Medicine, Crewe Alexandra FC

Keeping non-starting players fit in professional football

Interviewed by Dr Andrew Shafik, Foundation Year 2 Doctor, Northern Deanery, BJSM reviewer and Editorial Board Member at FMPA’s publication ‘football medicine & performance”.

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June 2020

Dr Vincent Gouttebarge, Chief Medical Officer at Fifpro

Mental health of players during ‘return to football’

Interviewed by Dr Andrew Shafik, Foundation Year 2 Doctor, Northern Deanery, BJSM reviewer and Editorial Board Member at FMPA’s publication ‘football medicine & performance’

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March 2020

FMPA CEO, Eamonn Salmon, talks to Clinical Sports Psychotherapist Gary Bloom about the role of the Clinical Sports Psychotherapist, his work at Oxford United and the upturn in referrals.

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April 2019

The Football Medicine & Performance (FMPA) CEO, Eamonn Salmon, talks about the history of the FMPA with Mike Clegg.

From inception to the present day we hear from Eamonn on why the FMPA was set up for all medicine and performance disciplines within professional football, what the purpose is and what the aims are.

Eamonn reveals the struggles in setting up the association and the many achievements and successes to date.