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Sports Medicine Symposium coming to Thomond Park

Sports Medicine Symposium coming to Thomond Park

The Bon Secours Health System will be hosting its inaugural Sports Medicine Symposium on Saturday, April 14th in Thomond Park at 9 am. The theme of the symposium is Return to Play Criteria, a topic that is integral to strategic decision making for sports medicine clinicians and managers alike. The goal of the conference is to provide a national forum for the discussion of current best practice, planning change based on new research and complex clinical reasoning in the arena of sports injury management.

As Ireland’s largest independent hospital group, Bon Secours Health System is renowned for the quality of its service provision coupled with a rich tradition in healthcare. Bon Secours Health System is a not for profit organisation with its mission centred on providing compassionate, world-class medical treatment to all those who it serves. With three thousand staff, four hundred and ten consultants, Bon Secours treats an excess of two hundered and eighty thousand patients annually in its five modern acute hospitals in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, and Dublin as well as Care Village in Cork. It is one of the largest providers of private healthcare in Ireland.

Symposium speakers include Orthopaedic Consultants, Chartered Physiotherapists, Sports Psychologists, Sports Medicine researchers and senior sports managers and players, all experts in their respective fields. Key hot topics will include;

  • ACL rehab – early aggressive rehab versus tissue healing constraints
  • Concussion and the role of rehab in returning to play
  • Outcome measures to aid decision making –clinic vs lab-based tests
  • Team-based decision making – managers and medics speaking the same language
  • The role of Sports Psychology during the return to play process

Listen to leaders in their field such as Dr. Phil Glasgow, head Physiotherapist IRFU, Dr. Lee Herrington, English Institute of Sports, Dr. Pat O’Neill, Sports Physician debate these and other topics side by side with Orthopaedic Surgeons, Chartered Physiotherapists and Consultant Radiologists from Bon Secours hospitals across the country. Hear the input from sports psychologists, managers, and high-level players.

Speakers set to take part on the day are; 

  • Dr. Lee Herrington, English Institute of Sport lead Knee Physiotherapist.
  • Mr. Declan Bowler, Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Surgeon, Bon Secours Hospital Cork.
  • Ger Gilroy, Broadcaster, Newstalk and “Off the Ball”.
  • Dr. Pat O’Neil, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Consultant, Mater Private and Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital.
  • David Wallace, a former rugby player with Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions.
  • Dr. Enda Devitt, GP and Galway team doctor.
  • Aoife McMahon, Bon Secours Hospital Cork, Lead Physio concussion rehab.
  • Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. Bon Secours Hospital Galway.
  • Dr. Phil Glasgow, IRFU, Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation.
  • Dr. Niamh Lynch, Paediatrician / Paediatric Neurologist, Bon Secours Hospital Cork.
  • Emilie McGrath, Bon Secours Hospital Galway, Chartered Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Manager.
  • Mr Ross Kingston, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.
  • Dr. Eamonn Delahunt, UCD School of Physiotherapy, Senior Lecturer.
  • Dr. Phillip Hodnett, Bon Secours Limerick, MSK Radiologist confirmed.

Located just minutes from Limerick City Centre and the main M7 Motorway. So, if you, or members of your team, are traveling, it makes for an ideal conference centre venue whether you are local or are using Limerick as a mid-way meeting point.


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