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I wanted to share the details of a football medicine and science conference taking place next month, hosted by Teesside University and Middlesbrough FC. With a mixture of academics and practitioners from Middlesbrough, Ajax, Liverpool, Derby and Teesside University, this event looks set to be particularly insightful and thought provoking.

You can follow the link below for more details and to book your place online:

A football medicine and science conference hosted by Teesside University and Middlesbrough FC and sponsored by Perform Better.

This conference, run jointly by Middlesbrough FC and Teesside University, will bring together academics and football professionals to explore new ways of thinking that will help to improve the effectiveness of training for English football. The one day event is at our new Darlington campus, only 2.5 hours from London Kings Cross.

Sessions range from cloud-based training apps, the decrease in hamstring injuries through to the history of AFC Ajax.

Team sports like football require a full range of fitness components, such as power and agility. Players must also be able to perform high-intensity sprints on a repeated basis and have high aerobic endurance. Physical robustness is another key attribute to avoid and recover from injury and high match performance requires high training loads.

Sport science practitioners are inundated with tools, technology and techniques to quantify workloads of training and competition to provide the coach and athlete with recommendations for optimal physical development and avoidance of injury. There are also many times when we simply know something works but lack the know-how to turn this into scientific evidence and formally share this good practice. The process of turning science into improved practice and vice versa is complex, still in its infancy and far beyond the scope of a single scientist. It’s a team effort.

Conference fee: £50, includes lunch and refreshments


9.10am Welcome
Iain Spears and Bryan English

9.15am What’s in it for the business? The benefits of a university-club collaboration
Mark Simpson and Robin Bloom

9.45am Individual responses during group training programmes
Greg Atkinson and Alan Batterham
Chairs: Matthew Weston and Jonathan Madden

10.30am Refreshments

10.45am Time to train, when to do what and the influence of time scheduling on performance and training responses
Barry Drust and Greg Atkinson
Chairs: Matt Portas and Jonathan Madden

11.30am Making sense of training data
Matthew Weston and Jonathan Madden
Chairs: Alan Batterham and Chris Rusling

12.15pm Lunch
Poster sessions and sponsors’ exhibitions

1.15pm Make your own cloud-based app: simple remote monitoring of athletes
Iain Spears and Adam Kerr
Chairs: Greg Atkinson and Jonathan Madden

2.00pm Hamstrings – a thing of the past – due to the manager, the medic or the magician?
Bryan English and Paul Chesterton
Chairs: Iain Spears and Chris Moseley

2.45pm Refreshments

3.00pm AFC Ajax – a history from the first true academy of total football
Ruben Jonkind and Rick Menick
Chairs: Bryan English and Matthew Weston

3.45pm Q&A: What’s in it for us? Players’ and managers’ perspectives on good and bad sport science and medicine
Jonathan Woodgate, Chris Moseley, Alan Batterham, Ruben Jonkind and Barry Drust
Chairs: Bryan English and Matt Portas

4.30pm Final discussion and closing remarks

Conference organising committee and workshop facilitators:
• Greg Atkinson (Teesside University)
• Alan Batterham (Teesside University)
• Robin Bloom (Middlesbrough FC)
• Barry Drust (Liverpool FC and England and Liverpool John Moores University)
• Bryan English (Derby County FC)
• Ruben Jonkind (Amsterdam FC Ajax)
• Adam Kerr (Middlesbrough FC)
• Jonathan Madden (Middlesbrough FC)
• Rick Menick (Amsterdam FC Ajax)
• Matthew Portas (Teesside University)
• Chris Rusling (Middlesbrough FC)
• Mark Simpson (Teesside University)
• Iain Spears (Teesside University)
• Matthew Weston (Teesside University)
• Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough FC)


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