BASEM conference ‘bringing us all together’ in Bath

BASEM / FSEM Conference 2017

The two-day BASEM / FSEM Conference is an opportunity for researcher and practitioners from around the UK to share latest learning on sport and exercise medicine.

Sport and exercise medicine practitioners from around the UK convened in Bath over two days (Thursday 12 – Friday 13 October) for the Annual Conference for the British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (BASEM) and Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK hosted in the Assembly Rooms.

The event, held for the first time in the City and hosted in conjunction with our Department for Health at the end of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, was focused on delivering high quality, evidence-based learning for specialists and generalists working in the area of sport and exercise medicine. It was an opportunity to showcase latest research that is informing practice across a range of sports and exercise settings.

‘Bringing us all together’

Covering an array of topics, from the physiology of concussion to long-term musculoskeletal health in Olympians, delegates learnt about new evidence-based injury prevention strategies and research advances in sports medicine.

This included presentations from Professor James Bilzon on our exercise rehabilitation work with injured service personnel at Headley Court. James’ presentation will coincide with a keynote address from Colonel John Etherington, Head of Defence Medical Rehabilitation on how this research is being applied.

Other research successes from Bath presented included work from Professor Dylan Thompson and Dr Fiona Gillison on physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic diseases; applied injury prevention by Dr Carly McKay; and an update on our biobanding work – grouping young players for sports according to their biological not chronological age - from Dr Sean Cumming.

Additional talks from the Arthritis Research UK’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis also related to work from a number of researchers within the Department for Health.

Translating latest research to sport and exercise practitioners

BASEM Chair, Dr Mike Stone explained: “We’re delighted to have brought this year’s BASEM / FSEM Conference to Bath and to have hosted this year’s showcase event in conjunction with the University to help celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Over two days this was an opportunity for delegates attending to learn how cutting-edge sport, exercise and medicine research is being applied and share learning throughout our active network of researchers and practitioners.”

Dr Polly McGuigan who has led on the organising committee for the University said: “We are delighted to have been involved with this year’s BASEM / FSEM conference in Bath. It was a real opportunity to translate new thinking and research to sport and exercise medicine practitioners delivering clinical services in sport and promoting physical activity for health and rehabilitation. It was great to see a large number of Alumni from the University’s MSc Sport & Exercise Medicine and Sports Physiotherapy programmes return to Bath for the conference.”

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine alumni and current students at the recent BASEM event

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine alumni and current students at the recent BASEM event

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