SMA CONFERENCE 2019
HOLIDAY INN REGENTS PARK
MARTIN COLCLOUGH BSc (Hons) MSc OBE
HEAD OF SPORT RECOVERY AT HELP FOR HEROES
"Post Traumatic Growth: The Role of Sport in the Recovery of UK Military Veterans"
Since WWII sport has played a fundamental roll in the rehabilitation and recovery of wounded military personnel, the antecedents of which can be traced back to the work of German Neurologist Sir Ludwig Guttmann who established a National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville.
While sport remained part of military recreational therapy programmes it wasn’t until 2008 that that military sports recovery programmes took another leap forwards. In his talk, Martin will provide some insights into the development of modern day programmes, their impact on the recovery and how a positive risk taking based approach can amplify, accelerate and maintain positive physical and mental health. Throughout the presentation, Martin will reference the evidence base that underpins his team’s innovative approach to sport as a catalyst for a successful recovery and will challenge the commonly held views that all veterans are either sad, bad or mad”.
"What’s the use of Soft Tissue?"
The late Leon Chaitow often summarised the causes of soft tissue dysfunction as due to ‘overuse, misuse, disuse and abuse’ and we have developed many wonderful effective techniques to ease the damaging outcomes. However, do we truly understand the use of soft tissue?
How should the soft tissue respond during movement? Can therapists start to implement strategies that not only ease symptoms but also lead to better movement patterns that help prevent further dysfunction?
Over the last few decades we have had the therapeutic fads of ‘core’, ‘fascia’, ‘tensegrity’ and are now entering a new phase of ‘function’. Before we jump into it, can we pause and look at what we have learned already? Is there a way that blends all of what we have learned in the last 30 years to enable us to see movement with a better understanding of what function actually is?
In this wide-ranging presentation, James Earls will draw from his 30 years of experience as a soft tissue therapist and humbly admit to the ‘anatomy stories’ he has fallen victim to. Thankfully, the years eventually led to a wider understanding (yes, he is a slow learner) of the interrelationships between form and function, skeletal and soft tissues, tensegrity and reality and he will bring these many strands together to show how, finally, they can all be applied to understand the use of soft tissues in movement.
Dr CHRISTOPHER NORRIS PHD MSc MCSP
"Integrated manual therapy for the hip and knee"
Chris will teach a variety of clinically effective manual therapy techniques for knee and hip pain. Drawing on over 35 years’ experience, Chris uses an integrated approach which distils the most effective techniques from the major traditional joint and soft tissue based manual therapy approaches within Physiotherapy. These include Maitland, McKenzie, Cyriax, Kaltenborn, Janda and Lewit.
In this workshop techniques will be demonstrated, and you will then get a chance to practice. Stance, hand position, direction, and force will all be explained.
Dr Jamie Barker
"Wings to Thrive"
Developing Resilience and Wellbeing in International Disability Footballers.
Athlete well-being and resilience are important considerations in elite disability sport. This workshop encourages delegates to explore some of the main threats and challenges to well-being and resilience in elite disability athletes whilst also considering series of practical techniques. Delegates will learn in this workshop through group discussion tasks and experiential practice of resilience and well-being techniques. The objectives will be:
- To define psychological resilience and well-being.
- To outline key psychological threats and challenges to disabled athlete well-being and resilience.
- To explore the use of practical techniques which can be used to enhance athlete well-being and resilience.
Click here for the programme for the day.