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Cristian Fernandez and Dr Lee Herrington – Injury Rehab Network CPD Event at UA92

Knee Injuries in Professional Football and Elite Sport

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Sterosport and Football Fitness Federation are pleased to be working together to bring a unique CPD event to football fitness and sports rehabilitation professionals. Taking place at UA92 in Manchester on 27th April from 5.30pm – 8.30pm. The event will feature presentations from expert guest speakers Cristian Fernandez and Dr Lee Herrington – click here to register.

Expert Guest Speakers

Cristian Fernández, Rehab Fitness Coach

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Cristian Fernández is currently working as a consultant in injury prevention and rehabilitation in football. Cristian has worked in professional football as a Rehab Fitness Coach at Everton FC, Newcastle FC, Hull City AFC and Northampton Town FC.

Cristian’s education has focused on physical activity and injury prevention including:

    • MSc Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Football. RFEF – Royal Spanish Football Federation. 2015,
    • MSc Research in Physical Activity, Sport and Health (2011. University of Vigo)
    • Degree in Sport Science (2010, University of A Coruña)

Cristian is a lecturer in Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Football with the Spanish Fitness Coaches Association and Royal Madrid Football Federation where he speaks about the following subjects:

    • “Treatment and management of chronic injuries in football”
    • “De-training and conditioning during the rehabilitation process”
    • “Rehabilitation in Acute Muscle Injuries: Groin”.

Return to play after Patellofemoral Cartilage Injury (case study)

Cristian’s presentation will provide a case study about return to play following knee cartilage injury.

Articular cartilage injury is observed with increasing frequency in football, being one of the most frequently injured structures of the knee. Furthermore, it is known as one of the most important cause of functional disability and can lead to early degenerative changes in the knee joint during and after the player’s career.

In this presentation, the main contents and progression criteria will be exposed, as well as the main aspects to take into account during the rehabilitation and RTP of a patellar cartilage injury.

Dr Lee Herrington, University of Salford

Dr Lee Herrington, University of Salford

Dr Lee Herrington @leehphysio, Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation, Salford University; programme leader for the MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation course. Lee is a Technical Lead Physiotherapist with the English Institute of Sport, leading on issues related to lower limb injury rehabilitation across all the Olympic & Paralympic sports. Dr Herrington also acts as a consultant physiotherapist to Premiership & Championship Football and Rugby Union clubs.

Lee worked as part of the Team GB medical team at London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games and has previously worked with British Swimming, Great Britain Basketball Team, Wigan Warriors and Great Britain Rugby League teams along with England Table Tennis and Netball.

Lee is the lead Clinical Researcher in the Knee Biomechanics and Injury research programme at Salford University. Specific research interests are anterior knee pain and rehabilitation following knee surgery (principally ACLR) and Lee has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers. Lee is the editor in chief of Physical Therapy in Sport and on the editorial board of The Knee Journal and Journal of Sports Rehabilitation.

Its not all about ball work; early-stage rehab for knee injuries

Dr Lee Herrington’s presentation will consider early-stage rehab for knee injuries. A great deal of emphasis is put on late-stage & return to sports player rehabilitation after knee injuries, but this is likely to be sub-optimal unless it has built a strong foundation of tissue resilience and physical qualities required.

This talk will discuss the key elements of early-stage rehabilitation required to build tissue resilience and develop the physical qualities required to move into more sport-specific training. Specifically covering: how to monitor & develop tissue load tolerance; pillars of rehabilitation including the development of maximum force & force-velocity, load acceptance & the ability to decelerate, along with early movement skill development.

Event Agenda

Injured Knee from Football

This in-person event, taking place at UA92 in Manchester, is being delivered in partnership with the Football Fitness Federation. Taking place on Wednesday 27th April from 5.30pm – 8.30pm. The agenda for the event is as follows:

  • 5.30pm Arrival
  • 5.40pm Welcome & networking task
  • 6pm Presentation 1 – Cristian Fernández
  • 7pm Break
  • 7.15pm Presentation 2 – Dr Lee Herrington
  • 8.15pm Networking
  • 8.30pm Close

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Book Your Place click here to register

  • Date – Wednesday 27th April 2022
  • Time – 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Cost – £30 per person/ £20 early bird
  • Location – UA92, Manchester
  • Sign upclick here to register

For more information on the Injury Rehab Network click here.

The Next Event of the Injury Rehab Network

The next event of the Injury Rehab Network in partnership with the Football Fitness Federation will take place at UA92 in Manchester on Wednesday 27th April 2022 from 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Anyone professionally involved with sporting fitness, performance and rehabilitation from injury is welcome to attend. Places are limited and cost just £30 per person (early bird rate of £20 available), so they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve a place, just sign up with the Football Fitness Federation – click here to register

There is even a LinkedIn group for the Injury Rehab Network where the latest updates and information are shared: Injury Rehab Network NW

About the Football Fitness Federation

Football Fitness Federation was created in 2014 to provide a platform for coaches to grow their network and access the latest football fitness information. The Football Fitness Online community provides an online platform for practitioners to join and interact with fellow members & improve their job opportunities. Football Fitness Federation have also run numerous networking events across the UK from Celtic Park to Brighton & Hove Albion. All presentations from the FFF events are uploaded to the online community for members to watch.

You can check out the online community and all upcoming events at www.footballfitfed.com or follow FFF on twitter or Instagram @FootballFitFed

About UA92

University Academy 92 (UA92) is a deliberately different higher education experience co-founded by Manchester United’s legendary Class of 92 and academic pioneers, Lancaster University. Based in Manchester, UA92 prepares its students for the world of work by offering industry-led courses that have character and personal development at the core.

All UA92 graduates leave with a top-quality, Lancaster University degree after studying within our unique academic model in Manchester. Together, our straightforward timetable, small class sizes and industry connections provide an exceptional student experience. Our students regularly attend industry insight days, network with reputable guest lecturers and industry leaders, while receiving bespoke opportunities to apply their knowledge across a range of professional settings. They also benefit from their own personal coach to support them throughout their studies.

UA92 currently delivers courses across Sports, Business, Media and Digital. The UA92 Sports department currently offers Sports and Exercise Science and Physical Education courses, with its first cohort of Sports Coaching students starting in September 2022.

It’s safe to say UA92 and its Sports department in particular, are rapidly growing.

Get in Touch with UA92

If you would like to find out more about UA92 or book your place at one of our events, check out: https://ua92.ac.uk/ or alternatively email hello@ua92.ac.uk

If you would like to explore potential guest lecturing or collaboration opportunities with the UA92 Sports department, contact our Course Leader and Senior Tutor, Dr. Eoin Murray at: eoin.murray@ua92.ac.uk or come and have a chat on 27th April.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus and hope you enjoy your visit.


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