Exeter Chiefs Hosts Sports Medicine Conference

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15 May 2018

Exeter Chiefs joined forces with The University of Exeter to hold the first-ever Sports Medicine Conference, aimed at tackling the biggest issues on the field.

The event, held at Sandy Park, combined world-class research from the University with the expertise of the reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions to improve the understanding of how to maximise impact on the pitch.

Professor Jean McEwan, vice dean of education at the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “This conference is a first for Exeter, and helped bring together our world-leading research, the expertise of Exeter Chiefs and national and international authorities on sports medicine. The conference also helped to share knowledge that will make a real impact in sporting arenas, addressing safety, rehabilitation and performance and it confirms Exeter’s position as a centre of excellence in this field.”

The international conference was led by an elite group of speakers from across the field, including rugby managers and players, physiotherapists, physicians, and surgeons. The line-up also included four keynote speakers from various fields.

Rob Baxter, director of rugby for the Exeter Chiefs hosted a Q&A session on the management and challenges of coaching a successful premiership rugby team, and creating a winning culture.

Dr Simon Kemp, medical services director at the Rugby Football Union (RFU), who gave a talk entitled “Concussion: It’s becoming a headache”, where he discussed managing concussion risk, and summarised current and future challenges.

Prav Mathema, national medical manager for the Welsh Rugby Union, discussed the challenges

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