About this event

  • Date and time Mon 13 Jun 2022 from 8:45am to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Sport and Exercise Medicine, Military Medicine

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


This is a live stream. To attend this event in person, please click here.

Athletes participating in extreme environments or endurance events can experience a range of pathology rarely seen within NHS practice. This unique live-stream 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 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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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

Ms Anna Marshall, Sports and Exercise Medicine Registrar, Whittington Health NHS Trust 

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 Medicine Doctor

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



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 60 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar 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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