FMPA CONFERENCE PROGRAMME & PRESENTERS

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21st CENTURY PLAYER PREPARATIONS…. HOW FAR HAVE WE COME?

The 2019 Conference will take a critical look at Medicine and Performance across the professional men’s and women’s game.

In 30 years the number of days lost to injuries has not improved. What has changed in the game and are we really capable of influencing these figures?

Do we prepare players using optimal methodology to avoid injury?

Do we encourage a holistic player approach with an MDT emphasis, or is it a case of individual disciplines working in specialised silos?

How do we accommodate coaching goals into creating an integrated health and performance plan?

Speakers will explore the nuances of player preparation as we discuss areas of ‘best practice’ and take ideas and actions from Conference

that will help steer our working practices and positively affect our risk reduction strategies.

Innovative, controversial but most of all informative. You can’t afford to miss it!

CHRIS ROSIMUs

CHRIS ROSIMUS - LEAD PERFORMANCE NUTRIONIST

As Performance Nutrition Lead, Chris facilitates the nutrition departmental aim to create an effective nutrition service, where all England players are provided with adequate knowledge and skills, to enable them to fuel and recover effectively from the demands of international football. Alongside this, Chris has a direct delivery component to his role where he provides performance nutrition support to Women’s seniors, whilst overseeing & delivering nutrition education across all 16 England teams.
Chris is a high performance registered sports and exercise nutritionist with over 10 years’ experience providing performance nutrition support in elite sport. Prior to joining the FA in 2017, Chris was a performance nutrition intern at IMG Academies in Florida (2009) and worked as a nutritionist & football coach in Abu Dhabi with Manchester United soccer Schools (2010), before joining the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in 2011 to work as Performance Nutrition Lead for the England Cricket team.

Chris has previously held consultancy roles with England Squash, Leicester City F.C 1st team (2014-17), Aston Villa F.C 1st team (2017), Nottingham Forest F.C 1st team (2011-17) and ONE Pro Cycling (2015-17).

Furthermore he also held a part-time lecturing position on sports nutrition with Manchester Metropolitan University, where he currently holds an honorary lecturers post. Chris holds an MSc in sports nutrition & is working towards completion of his professional doctorate.

Finally, he has a football coaching background and currently holds UEFA Level 1 & 2 qualifications whilst still participating in Saturday league football in Sheffield!

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DR ROB TATHAM - CLUB DOCTOR, MIDDLESBROUGH FC

Rob has been the Sports Physician at Middlesbrough FC for the last two years having previously worked at Derby County FC since July 2013.  He qualified from the University of Nottingham in 1999 with a 1st Class Honours as a Bachelor of Medicine and then went on to complete his Bachelor of Surgery in 2001.  He also has a Diploma in Child Health and Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.  Rob completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine in 2012 at the University of Bath and recently completed a Master of Science, Sports Injury Rehabilitation at the University of Salford.  Rob worked in General Practice for a number of years as a GP partner and Trainer.

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MIKE HINE – HEAD OF SPORTS SCIENCE & MEDICINE, LINCOLN CITY FC

Mike has a BSc in Sports Science and an MSc in Sports Therapy. He is now entering his fourth season working at Lincoln City FC in his role as Head of Sports Science and Medicine. Mike has supported the dramatic on-field success of the club since Danny Cowley brought him across from his previous roles down in Essex. Mike’s early experiences in his career in, including a stint in Sweden at Division 3 side Ytterhogdal IK, West Ham Ladies, Stevenage FC, Essex County FA and Concord Rangers FC have aided his structured progressions into the football league pyramid.

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WILL ABBOTT - HEAD OF ACADEMY STRENGTH & CONDITIONING, BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION FC

Will Abbott is currently the Head of Academy Strength and Conditioning at Brighton and Hove Albion FC, a club he has spent the past 7 seasons with. Will leads a team of practitioners responsible for the athletic development services provided to athletes aged 8-23 years at a Category One Academy.

Whilst holding BASES Sport and Exercise Scientist, and UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach accreditations, Will has recently completed his PhD thesis. The work is titled ‘monitoring and prescription of GPS training load in elite academy soccer athletes’. Additional to his work in training load, Will has authored and co-authored research investigating training and match demands, athlete well-being, recovery modalities, and jump asymmetries.

Perry Stewart

PERRY STEWART – LEAD ACADEMY STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH, ARSENAL FC

Perry is currently the lead academy strength and conditioning coach (U9-16) at Arsenal Football Club.  Prior to this he was head of academy sports science and medicine at Queens Park Rangers Football Club.  Since completing his MSC in Strength & Conditioning in 2010, Perry has worked exclusively with development age athletes (from 6 to 21 years old).  Before starting his career in football he coached elite youth athletes from tennis, fencing, taekwondo, judo, karate, athletics and triathlon.  In addition, Perry is a visiting lecturer at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University and has recently registered as a part-time PhD student at Loughborough University.

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CATHERINE QUINN – PRESIDENT OF THE BRITISH CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION

Catherine Quinn is President of the British Chiropractic Association, practicing in West London and is First Team Chiropractor to Queens Park Rangers FC. Catherine has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Chiropractors Sports Faculty and continues to work internationally as a sports chiropractor at events including the 2012 Olympic games, 2013 Rugby League World Cup and most recently in Canada with Norwegian and Dutch Winter Olympians. An advocate for integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare, Catherine is a member of the FMPA and has formed part of the Medical team at QPR for five seasons after two seasons at London Irish RFC, Southampton FC, and touring with the New Zealand Rugby League Team. She has lectured internationally on chiropractic in a sports setting, the importance of strong leadership for the profession and we can learn from working as part of a team..

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ADAM BRETT - HEAD OF MEDICAL SERVICES, BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION FC

Adam Brett is an elite sports physiotherapist and is the Head of Medical Services for Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, where he manages the physical performance and medical teams, a position he has held for the past 5-season.  He is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a specialist interest in delivering high performance through enhancing athletic capabilities, optimization of training loads and integrating risk reduction strategies.

Adam holds degree level qualifications in both sports science and physiotherapy, and an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy.  He specializes in developing and coordinating medical management and rehabilitation strategies, having worked in both International rugby union and premiership football.  With a clinical interest in athlete profiling and risk reduction screening, his key philosophy is to educate and empower athletes; and drive a team vision of excellence through a blend of evidence based research and experienced based practice.

Dave Hancock

DAVE HANCOCK - PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT, WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Dave Hancock is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Strength Coach with 23 year experience.  Having worked in rugby, football and basketball Dave is heavily involved in rehabilitation and injury prevention.   Dave’s current role is as Performance Consultant for the Medical and the Strength and Conditioning departments at Washington Nationals.  Amongst other roles Dave was previously First Team Physiotherapist for the England Men’s Senior National Team during the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship finals.   

David Dunne

DAVID DUNNE – PERFORMANCE NUTRITIONIST

David is a Performance Nutritionist who has worked across a wide range of professional and Olympic sports in both the UK and USA, including the Premier League, Premiership Rugby, and NBA. He received his undergraduate in Nutrition and Sport Science from St Marys University before completing his postgraduate diploma in sports nutrition through the IOC. He is currently completing a PhD in Digital Health and Behaviour Change.

Dan Abrahams

DAN ABRAHAMS – SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST, AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Dan Abrahams is a Sport Psychologist (HCPC) and former Professional Golfer. With a First Class Honours in Psychology and Masters degree in Sport Psychology, he has 20 years experience competing, coaching and working in high performance environments. He has held high level positions including Lead Psychologist for England Golf (2013-2016) and for England Rugby (2017-2018). In football he has held contracts at a number of Premier League and Championship clubs and he is currently Consultant Psychologist to AFC Bournemouth. He is the author of four bestselling sport psychology books and runs a podcast called The Sport Psych Show.

Phil Glasgow

PHIL GLASGOW – HEAD OF PHYSIOTHERAPY & REHABILITATION, IRISH RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION

Phil Glasgow has extensive experience in high performance sport as a practitioner, lecturer, researcher and as a mentor to the ‘team behind the team’. Phil is currently Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at the Irish Rugby Football Union having previously held the position of head of sports medicine at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland for 14 years. He was the Chief Physiotherapy Officer for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he led the physiotherapy team of the most successful British Olympic Team in history.

Phil’s doctoral studies investigated management of muscle damage and he is currently involved in a number of research projects investigating effective rehabilitation and management of muscle tendon unit injures. Phil is visiting professor of the School of Sport at Ulster University and teaches on a number of postgraduate sports medicine programmes at several UK and European universities.

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CALLUM REPPER - WOMEN'S TEAM PHYSIOTHERAPIST, FA

Callum joined The FA as a full time Women’s Team Physiotherapist in August 2018. This season he is primarily responsible for physiotherapy provision with the WU21 and WU16 squads. In addition he conducts project work with The FA, and assists with Physiotherapy service provision on and off camp in other areas of the department.

Callum obtained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honors from The University of Melbourne in 2012, with sports clinical placements occurring at Cal State Long Beach in LA, and at Carlton FC in the AFL. Over the next few years he worked full time in a Melbourne sports medicine clinic, as well as working with male and female elite junior basketballers, and amateur AFL athletes. During this time he obtained his Masters of Strength and Conditioning from Edith Cowan University. Since moving to the UK in 2016, Callum’s sports experience has involved holding the position of First Team Physiotherapist with Reading WFC for 2x seasons in the WSL, before transitioning into a very different role, providing Physiotherapy and Strength and Conditioning services in the UK and internationally in Formula 1 Motorsport, through a company called Hintsa Performance.

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MO GIMPEL - DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE, SOUTHAMPTON FC

Mo Gimpel is Director of Performance Science at Southampton FC. Initially, trained as a physio, working in Australia & UK NHS in the 90’s, joining Saints in 1997/98 season and worked across all aspects of the medical department u9-1st team, ultimately became Sports Medicine and Science Manager in 2007. In addition, during the mid 2000’s Mo worked with England Youth teams. Mo started the Club’s research & innovation department in 2007/8, which has expanded into a standalone impactful department based at the training ground that incorporates PhD, MSc and BSc projects along with a professor as a FT member of staff, this group supports, develops and evaluates training ground processes and outputs. More recently, Mo has transitioned into a more strategic role that oversees the Clubs business and football processes, as well as being ultimately responsible for Performance Psychology, Player Care and Girls & Womens’ Program. Considering Mo’s background sits in medicine and science, Mo has a unique insight into the challenges and solutions of MDT working. In addition, Mo sits on the Premier League Elite Performance Advisory Group, contributes to the UEFA Research Group, involved with a number of international consensus agreements on hip and groin pain & pathology, lectures on the sports medicine MSc courses at University of Birmingham/FA & Queens Mary University London. 

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

DR COLIN FULLER BSC, FRCS, FFSEM (HON) (CONSULTANT IN RISK MANAGEMENT)

Dr Fuller’s background is in chemistry and risk management in industry. He subsequently pursued an academic career, where he taught risk management principles and researched risk management issues in sport. Since 1995, he has been a risk management consultant to various sports governing bodies, including FIFA, the FA, Premier League, World Rugby, RFU and UK Sport.

Dr Fuller’s research focuses on player welfare in sport and he has advocated adopting business risk management principles in sport since 1995. He published a risk management model for sport in 2004 and has introduced many new ideas and concepts now established in sports medicine research, including: ‘Recognise and remove’ (1995); health surveillance (1997); injury burden (2002); injury surveillance consensus statements (2006); video analysis for injury causation (1996); impact of player load on injury risk (2008); kinetic modeling of injury burden (2017); and return on investment in injury prevention (2019).

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KEVIN PAXTON – HEAD OF ACADEMY SPORTS SCIENCE, LEICESTER CITY FC

Kevin has worked in professional sports for nearly 20 years and is a BASES High Performance Sport Accredited Practitioner, Supervisor and Reviewer with chartered scientist status, currently working as Head of Academy Sport Science at Leicester City Football Club. Additional to this he is a UKSCA Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and member of the board of directors. A part-time associate lecturer at the University of Derby he has studied extensively applied practise worldwide, presented at international conferences on LTAD and sport science monitoring processes and has contributed to several peer review journal publications in these areas.