From injury to performance: Lessons to share in dance and sports

Monday 4 April 2011

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE

organised by the Royal Society of Medicine and Dance UK

Following a successful event held in 2009 the Royal Society of Medicine and Dance UK have once again come together to organise a one-day dance and sports medicine conference. These two areas have much in common in terms of the demands placed on the human body and mind, and the run up to the London 2012 Olympics seems a great moment to learn from each other. In these two high performance environments risk of injury is ever present and its effects can jeopardise careers. There has already been a certain amount of cross fertilisation between the worlds of sports and dance medicine, with an increasing number of practitioners having worked with both athletes and dancers.

Aims and objectives:
This day aims to provide practitioners with an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise. The day will address the causes, impact, effective prevention and management of injuries in elite dance and sport.

The first part of the day will give an overview of best practice in the approach to better understand dance and sports injury using effective research methodologies to inform and develop prevention strategies.

The second part of the day will focus in on the foot and ankle, two areas where both athletes and dancers commonly incur injury, to illustrate how interdisciplinary clinical practice can bring about the optimal outcome of return to performance in the shortest possible time, resulting in fitter, stronger and better athletes / dancers.

The programme aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach, with presentations from medical practitioners, allied health and fitness professionals in addition to personal insights from a leading dancer and sports person.

Who should attend?
The meeting will meet the learning needs of medical practitioners and therapists working with dancers and athletes (or interested in doing so), medical practitioners working in related areas and dance professionals who wish to minimise the risk of injury to help maximise performance.

***Please note this conference is now fully booked***
***The waiting list is also now full***


9.00 am

Registration and coffee

9.30 am

Welcome address
Professor John Betteridge, Associate Dean, RSM and
Ms Caroline Miller, Director, Dance UK

Session One
Chair: Dr Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban

9.35 am

A dancer's perspective on injuries
Ms Angela Towler, Dancer, Rambert

9.45 am

The role of risk management and injury epidemiology in dance
Dr Colin Fuller, Associate Professor and Course Director of the MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine, University of Nottingham

Dance injury epidemiology and how injury surveillance examples from rugby union can help dance in the future
Dr John Brooks, Rugby Football Union and King's College London

10.50 am

Exploring the causes of injuries
Video session with panel discussion

11.15 am

Coffee break

Chair: Dr Matthew Wyon, Reader in Performance Sciences, University of Wolverhampton

11.45 am

Prevention and rehabilitation
Mr Nick Allen, Clinical Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries

12.10 pm

Prevention and management of injury: The psychologist's perspective
Ms Britt Tajet-Foxell, Performance Psychologist, British Olympic Association

12.35 pm

How important is nutrition?
Nathan Lewis, Senior Performance Nutritionist, English Institute of Sport

12.55 pm

Panel discussion
All session speakers

1.15 pm


Chair: Dr Mike Loosemore, President, Section of Sports and Exercise Medicine

2.05 pm

An athlete's perspective on injuries
Denise Lewis OBE, Olympic Gold Medallist

2.15 pm

Sports and dance injuries of the foot and the ankle: An overview
Mr James Calder, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

2.40 pm

Ankle sprains: The physio's perspective
Ms Rachele Quested, Formerly Royal Ballet Upper School Physiotherapist

2.45 pm

Ankle sprains: The Pilates practitioner's perspective
Ms Jane Paris, Pilates and Dance Conditioning Specialist, Royal Ballet Company

2.50 pm

Ankle sprains: The surgeon's perspective
Mr James Calder, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

2.55 pm

Panel discussion
All session speakers

3.15 pm

Tea break

Chair: Dr Roger Wolman, Consultant in Rheumatology and SEM, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

3.35 pm

Sports and dance injuries of the knee: An overview
Mr Chinmay Gupte, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

4.00 pm

Chondral defects: The physio's perspective
Miss Anna Brodrick, Head Physiotherapist, Central School of Ballet and English National Ballet School

4.05 pm

Chondral defects: The strength and conditioning coach's perspective
Mr Raphael Brandon, Head of Strength & Conditioning, English Institute of Sport

4.10 pm

Chondral defects: A surgeon's perspective
Mr Fares Haddad, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University College Hospitals; Director, Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, University College London

4.15 pm

Panel discussion
All session speakers

4.30 pm

Dance and sports: The Olympic legacy
Dr Richard Budgett, Chief Medical Officer, London 2012 Summer Olympic Games

4.45 pm

Closing remarks
Ms Caroline Miller, Director, Dance UK and
Ms Helen Laws, Healthier Dancer Programme Manager, Dance UK

5.00 pm

Close of meeting

Meeting ref: EVB13

CPD (Applied for)

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