Bon Secours to host Sports Medicine Symposium at Thomond Park

Bon Secours Health System to host Sports Medicine Symposium at Thomond Park.

The symposium will debate the ethical dilemma facing coaches and medical professionals in determining the right time for professional athletes and amateur sports players to return to play. Leading experts from the GAA, IRFU, the English Sports Institute, Bon Secours Health System medical professionals and academics will explore topics from concussion injury to hip, ankle, knee and common sports related hand injuries. It will also provide the launch pad for the Bon Secours Health System new Sports Medicine Service.

The theme of this conference is Return to Play criteria, integral for strategic decision making for sports medicine clinicians and managers alike. This symposium will provide a national forum for the discussion of current best practice, new research and clinical reasoning in the area of sports injury management and concussion. Conference speakers include Orthopaedic Consultants, Chartered Physiotherapists, Sports Psychologists, Sports Medicine researchers and senior sports managers and players, all experts in their respective fields.

Saturday, 14thApril, 2018

Thomond Park, Limerick


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;

  • Lee Herrington, English Institute of Sport lead Knee Physiotherapist.
  • Declan Bowler, Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Surgeon, Bon Secours Hospital Cork.
  • Ger Gilroy, Broadcaster, Newstalk and “Off the Ball”.
  • Pat O’Neil, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Consultant, former All Ireland winning player and manager
  • David Wallace, former International Rugby player & Sports Broadcaster
  • Enda Devitt, GP and Galway senior football team doctor.
  • Aoife McMahon, Bon Secours Hospital Cork, Lead Physio concussion rehab.
  • Michael O’Sullivan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. Bon Secours Hospital Galway.
  • Phil Glasgow, Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, IRFU
  • 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.
  • Eamonn Delahunt, UCD School of Physiotherapy, Senior Lecturer.
  • 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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Former Munster, Ireland and Lions back row player David Wallace gives us and idea of what you can expect at the conference.

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