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2022 Injury Rehab Network Events

Following the success of the Injury Rehab Network from 2019 to 2021, we are very excited to announce initial plans for a schedule of monthly events in 2022 in partnership with BASRaT. The events will include talks from exceptional expert guest speakers with a combination of online and face to face events.

“The Steroplast Injury Rehab Network is a superb and innovative idea that can benefit therapists. To provide an opportunity for local multidisciplinary therapists to learn from each other and others, whilst networking and introducing people that can help each other is simply groundbreaking. Having had the pleasure to attend a recent event, the positive discussion and energy in the room was palpable. Steroplast have truly hit it out of the park with this!” – Mike James – The Endurance Physio and Director at SIF Health.

Sterosport is an arm of Steroplast Healthcare dedicated to supporting sports professionals in Manchester and the surrounding area. In 2019, Sterosport established the Injury Rehab Network as a means for sports injury professionals to network, share ideas and collaborate. The events provide a fantastic opportunity for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for any therapists, physios, rehabilitators, or other sports professionals to keep up to date with the latest thinking, developments, and evidence in the sector.

The format of each event is a keynote speech, followed by a discussion and facilitated networking. The Injury Rehab Network organisers work hard to source well-known authorities or personalities in sport. Previous speakers include Consultant Dermatologist Dr Barry Monk, Steve Miller from Grow Physio, Physiotherapist Angela Jackson, Manchester United Academy Head Physiotherapist Diane Ryding, Rehab & Conditioning Specialist Dr Claire Minshull, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of Sports Medicine Bill Ribbans, international football physiotherapist Gary Lewin, world-record endurance cyclist Josh Quigley, Paralympian Hannah Dines, leading physiotherapist Dave Fevre, Academic and elite sports rehabilitator Lee Herrington, Prof Shah Khan (The Scan Doctor), Consultant hand, wrist and elbow surgeon Mr David Murray and Andy Hosgood, co-founder of Summit Physiotherapy and Elevate Your Clinic.

Professor Lennard Funk has kindly shared his expertise at two Injury Rehab Network events in 2021 and said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to have been invited to teach on the Injury Rehab Network events. I have been impressed by the level of professionalism and organisation of Andrew Watson (from Steroplast) and Oliver Coburn (from BASRaT) in organising and running the online events. The promotion via social media and presentation on their website is superb. It was nice to see that it included a huge range of individuals involved in sports medicine, from coaches to surgeons, from around the world. They managed to draw massive audiences of over 500 delegates. The range of questions was expansive, and the expert moderation ensured that there was something of relevance for everyone. The post-event blog is a nice touch and very professionally produced. The Injury Rehab Network has set a new level for online events! Thanks for all your efforts for our community.”

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2022 Event Details:

January 2022 – TBC

February 2022 TBC 

3rd March at 7pm – Michael Blackie BDS (The Park Practice)

Michael started The Park Practice in late 1999. Having always had strong sporting interests, which were based around rugby, Michael realised the impact dental health can have on sporting performance. Over the last 10 years, Michael has developed a strong interest in the impact oral health can have on elite sporting performance.

Michael was involved at London 2012 Olympics, working “pitchside” at the contact sports. Mainly taekwondo, boxing, judo, and fencing, Michael also worked at the rugby sevens at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Park Practice is the official dentist for Team Scotland and provided an oral health toolkit for all athletes before the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Since 2018 the Park Practice has had a contract with Glasgow Warriors professional rugby team, providing an emergency service whenever required and part of the pitchside medical team for every home match. As well as providing bespoke mouthguards for the squad.

Glasgow Rocks, who are Scotland’s representatives in the BBL professional basketball league, also work with The Park Practice, with their players being the first team to wear mouthguards when playing.

Sport Scotland refer athletes needing emergency treatment to The Park Practice and Michael has helped athletes from a whole range of sports, from curling to badminton and recently Olympic swimmers.

Michael’s presentation, “Oral Health Impact on Performance in Elite-Sport” will discuss how oral health of elite athletes can be a cause for concern and the impact it can have on sporting performance.

The presentation will look at:

  • Causes of poor oral health and why it is more prevalent in elite athletes.
  • “Dental Facts” areas of oral health that athletes should be aware of.
  • Real-life examples of how oral health issues impact training and performance across a range of sports.
  • Prevention is the name of the game. How can we educate athletes that simple prevention factors will preclude oral health issues from impacting their success?

6th April at 7pm – Steve Kemp (Lead Men’s Physiotherapist England Senior Football Team)

Steve Kemp is the men’s lead physiotherapist with the England Senior Football team, working with the team since 2013. He has been involved in 2 World Cup Finals (4th Place in Russia 2018) and 2 European Championships (runners up in 2021). Steve has worked in elite sports medicine for over 20 years both here in the UK and abroad. Following degrees in both physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation, Steve undertook a masters in the Science of Sports injury at Manchester University and a Postgraduate diploma in manual therapy at Birmingham University. He is currently studying for a PhD in Ankle Ligament rehabilitation at Imperial College London. He is a guest Lecturer at Birmingham University and University College London.

Steve spent 4 years as Head of Medical Services for Wolverhampton Wanderers, before taking up a position as Elite Football Physiotherapist at the Perform Sport Medicine complex, based at St George’s Park. He has also had stints at Leeds United, Preston North End and Busan Icons in South Korea. He has additionally worked as a private physiotherapist with athletes from numerous sporting professions. Steve is a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and is a Gold-accredited member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM).

Steve’s presentation, “Performance optimisation in International footballers” will consider the unique environment of international football where teams are required to peak every 2 years for tournaments that follow a busy season of club football and European competition. The challenge is for the player to develop or at least maintain their capability to meet the demands of international and club football whilst also being able to perform for their club week in week out.

The presentation will investigate strategies implemented over the last 6 years with the international team to support players to optimally perform, whilst also trying to mitigate injury risk.

May 2022 – TBC

14th June at 7pm – Dr Andrew Newton (Consultant in Emergency Medicine)

Dr Andrew Newton graduated from Nottingham University Medical School in 1985.  Andrew served a medium career commission in the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer, with active service experience in the Middle East and the Adriatic.

Dr Newton completed General Practitioner training and then worked as a Principal in General Practice, both in the military and the NHS for a total of 5 years. He moved into Emergency Medicine as a Staff Grade in 1996 and Progressed from a Staff Grade to an Associate Specialist in 2000.  Dr Newton completed Article 14 (CESR) application and was awarded ‘Specialist Register’ status in Emergency Medicine in 2006.

Andrew was appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Weston General Hospital in 2007 and completed 10 years in post there. Andrew was subsequently appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Yeovil District Hospital at the end of 2017.

Dr Newton is a Life Support Instructor in ALS (Course Director), HMIMMS (Course Director), EAPLS, ETC and GIC.

Andrew’s specialist interests include Global Health, Sports Medicine and Major Incident Planning / Emergency Preparedness. His interests outside of Medicine include travel, ancient and medieval history, rugby, and diving. Andrew is a longstanding volunteer with Future Hope India (a charity for street/ slum children in Kolkata).

Dr Newton’s presentation, “Grass Roots Paediatric Sports Medical Issues”, will include a review of the common sports injuries that are encountered in ‘Grass Roots’ children’s sports. The focus will be on the common problems and their remedies, rather than looking at the medical issues encountered by the ‘Young Elite Athlete’. The Talk will follow the structure of – ” Heads, Shoulders, Knees and ….”

Be the first to know about the next event of the Injury Rehab Network

Sign up to the Sterosport newsletter at the bottom of the home page to get all the updates on future Injury Rehab Network events. Why not join the LinkedIn group too? To find out more contact Andrew Watson on andrew@sterosport.co.uk / 0800 978 8301.

Support The Running Bee Foundation

Steroplast and BASRaT are proud to support Manchester-based charity, The Running Bee Foundation and encourage everyone who attends the free Injury Rehab Network events to donate if they can. Through The Running Bee Foundation events, the charity champions health and wellbeing initiatives which promote the benefits of an active lifestyle and help in the fight to reduce childhood obesity. The Running Bee Foundation make funding accessible to all parts of communities across Manchester with no restriction on age, financial status, religion, or gender.

About BASRaT

BASRaT is the UK regulator and professional association for Sport Rehabilitators and an advocate of improving health through Physical Activity. Find out more about the excellent work of BASRaT including more events to get involved with on the BASRaT website.

All sports injury professionals (physios, therapists, rehabilitators) can benefit from BASRaT associate membership. If you are an MSK professional already registered and insured elsewhere then associate membership is open to you. Being an associate member will give you the following benefits:

  • Access to professional support and guidance
  • Be part of the BASRaT members community forum and Facebook group
  • Get notified first about our CPD events and webinars
  • Access to discounts with our partner organisations
  • Access to BASRaT jobs page and member resources
  • Support our work in developing the MSK industry nationally and internationally

Associate membership is just £5 per month by direct debit. If you’d like to become an associate member, all you need to do is complete this form: Associate Member Sign Up.

About Steroplast Healthcare

Established over two decades ago, Steroplast is today a leading UK wholesaler of pharmaceuticals, distributor of diagnostic equipment and supplier of a comprehensive range of medical disposables. The company’s heritage is built around the medical sector, with a healthcare range of over 1,000 lines, it continues to expand to meet the needs of a diverse customer base. Many of the best-known brands in healthcare work with Steroplast Healthcare, including the British Red Cross who relies on the company as an exclusive supplier. Sterosport was established in early 2019 as a division of the company dedicated to supporting the sports community.

For more information, please contact Andrew Watson on 0161 902 3030 or email andrew@steroplast.co.uk.

About The Running Bee Foundation

The Running Bee Foundation champions health and wellbeing, promotes the benefits of an active lifestyle and help in the fight to reduce childhood obesity.

The foundation makes funding accessible to all parts of the communities it serves with no restriction on age, financial status, religion, or gender, through its regional running events.

All profits raised from these events go straight back into the local communities, providing grants to help create and improve health and wellbeing initiatives.

The Running Bee Foundation was launched in 2018 and was set up in memory of a true Salfordian, Mo Done who supported many Manchester charities and played an integral part in the development of tour operator Sports Tours International, the founder and supporter of the foundation.

Together we can #BeeActiveBeeHealthyBeeHappy

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