Nuffield Health spon­sors 5th WRU Sports Medicine Con­fer­ence

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NUFFIELD Health Cardiff & Vale Hos­pi­tals were one of the spon­sors of the an­nual Sports Medicine Con­fer­ence of the Welsh Rugby Union, held ear­lier this month at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium. Now in its fifth year, the full day ed­u­ca­tional event at­tracted the high­est num­ber of del­e­gates to date.

Ex­perts up­dated med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and prac­ti­tion­ers in new ad­vances in sports medicine and in­jury-pre­ven­tion prac­tices, par­tic­u­larly in ACL in­juries, men­tal health in sport as well as ses­sions on man­age­ment of ath­letes with un­usual or chal­leng­ing in­juries and res­pi­ra­tory health is­sues in ath­letes.

WRU na­tional team doc­tor and con­sul­tant sports physi­cian at Nuffield Health Dr Ge­off Davies was joint con­fer­ence or­gan­iser with WRU med­i­cal man­ager Prav Math­ema.

Speak­ers in­cluded lead­ing sports con­sul­tants, phys­io­ther­a­pists, ra­di­ol­o­gists, sur­geons and per­for­mance-science spe­cial­ists. This year there was a ses­sion on men­tal health in sport, which saw pre­sen­ta­tions from An­dries Pre­to­rius, CEO of Welsh Rugby Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and Dr Guy Evans, chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer at Bri­tish Swim­ming, who is also a con­sul­tant at Nuffield Health Bris­tol Hos­pi­tal.

Dr Davies said: “We are im­mensely grate­ful to Nuffield Health here in Cardiff for kindly spon­sor­ing this event once again. This year we have broad­ened our hori­zons to in­clude men­tal health which was an in­valu­able ad­di­tion.

Sup­port from WRU and spon­sor­ship en­ables the con­fer­ence to be free of charge to del­e­gates which is to be com­mended and we hope to con­tinue in this for­mat in fu­ture.”

Hos­pi­tal di­rec­tor at Nuffield Health Cardiff & Vale Hos­pi­tals, Si­mon Rogers com­mented: “Our spe­cial­ists at both the Vale and Cardiff Bay Hos­pi­tals have a strong track record in treat­ing rugby and foot­ball play­ers from young­sters to pro­fes­sion­als to re­turn them to their sport.

“This ed­u­ca­tional meet­ing is vi­tal is spread­ing knowl­edge of the most re­cent re­search and prac­tices and we are de­lighted to be a spon­sor of this key sports medicine con­fer­ence.”

One of the speak­ers at the Nuffield Health spon­sored WRU ed­u­ca­tion event was Dr Guy Evans, chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer at Bri­tish Swim­ming

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