About this event

  • Date and time Thu 1 Jul 2021 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sport and Exercise Medicine, Military Medicine

Athletes participating in extreme environments or endurance events can experience a range of pathology rarely seen within NHS practice. This unique conference will explore the physiology of participating in different endurance events and the common medical problems and life-threatening conditions that can occur.

Providing healthcare for athletes participating in these events can be challenging for multiple reasons. Therefore, the conference will also explore the provision of care to the athletes and the lessons that experienced clinicians have learnt from planning and organising healthcare provision during extreme environments and endurance events.

During this meeting you will:

  • Describe the different aspects of the limit of endurance
  • Describe considerations when planning the provision of medical cover for an expedition or mass participation event.
  • Understand the emerging technology that can facilitate medical care to athletes in the field.
  • Describe current best practice in the management of altitude sickness, heat illness, and cold injuries

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Early bird pricing available until 29 April 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee
£128.00 £76.00 £76.00 £76.00


View the programme

Tea, coffee and registration
Welcome and introduction

Session one: Limit of endurance

Athlete voice - what is the limit of endurance
Physiology of limit of endurance
Psychology of limit of endurance
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Lessons from expedition and extreme sports

Expedition medicine one
Expedition medicine two
Human factors/leadership
Wearable technology
Panel discussion

Session three: Lessons from extreme environments

Heat illness and stroke
Cold injuries
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session four: Lessons from mass participation events

Back up
To be confirmed
Myth busting trauma
Considerations for medics working with female athletes at events
Panel discussion
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer:All views expressed are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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