About this event

  • Date and time Mon 13 Jun 2022 from 8:15am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sport and Exercise Medicine, Military Medicine

This event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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.

This event is also available as a live stream. Click here to register for the live stream of this event.

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 learned 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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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session 1: Limit of endurance

Uniqueness of elite endurance athlete physiology

Professor Steve Harridge, Professor of Human and Applied Physiology, Head of Department, Centre for Human and Applied Physiological Sciences, King's College London

Psychology of limit of endurance

Dr Tamsin Lewis, Lifestyle and Performance Medicine, Former Professional Triathlete

Ultra marathon experience from athlete and coach

Mr Robert Britton, Ultra-endurance Coach and Athlete 

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 2: Lessons from expedition and extreme sports

Human factors and leadership

Ms Jo Bradshaw, Expedition leader, Outdoor instructor, Public Speaker

Exercise, endurance and the gut microbiome

Dr Owen Cronin, Consultant Rheumatologist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Sleeping in extremes: Challenges, strategies and opportunities

Dr Sophie Bostock, The Sleep Scientist, University College London

Athlete voice and filming in extreme environments

Mr Stuart Kershaw, Managing Director, In The Dark Productions 

Panel discussion
Lunch break

Session 3: Lessons from extreme environments

Extreme sport athletes

Mr Darren Roberts, Action Sports Solutions, Author 

Planning expeditions

Dr Anna Marshall, Sport and Exercise Medicine and RAF Expedition Doctor

Female athlete health and performance

Dr Emma Ross, Co-Founder, The Well HQ

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 4: Lessons from event medicine

Exertional heat illness

Dr Ross Hemingway, Sports and Exercise Medicine GP, Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines

Event medicine: The non sexy side of pre-hospital care

Dr Rob Galloway, Accident and Emergency Consultant, Medical Director, Brighton Marathon and Lead Crowd Doctor BHAFC, Royal Sussex County Hospital


Mr Pete Mitchell, Track Cyclist 

Panel discussion
Close of meeting


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

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

Registration for this event will close at 01:00am 12 June 2022Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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