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Running - The fully loaded Symposium

Friday 24th, Saturday 25th April 2020
Sophia Gardens Stadium, Cardiff, CF11 9XR

(Friday bolt-on at Michael Griffith Lecture Theatre, Heath Park, Cardiff University)

Running - The fully loaded Symposium

Friday 24th, Saturday 25th April 2020
Sophia Gardens Stadium, Cardiff, CF11 9XR

(Friday bolt-on at Michael Griffith Lecture Theatre, Heath Park, Cardiff University)

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The Event

Physios In Sport’s major Symposium this spring focuses on developing skills and knowledge for physios managing and rehabilitating athletes in a variety of running sports. The programme has elements of Biomechanics; injury management including tissue-specific issues for muscle tendon and bone;  prevention strategies; monitoring training loads.

The event is expected to be fully attended.

Set in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens lies close to the city centre and the stadium is now a world-class cricket stadium and events space.

EXTRA: We’re also adding a special Friday evening bolt-on at the Michael Griffith Lecture Theatre, Heath Park Campus, Cardiff University. We look forward to seeing you there.

CPD Hours: Friday evening 2 hours, Saturday 7 hours.

Staying There

We’ve negotiated a deal with the Clayton Hotel in Cardiff – delegates receive 10% discount off their best available bed and breakfast rate.
When you book your ticket we’ll send you info on how to get your discount.

+44 (0)29 2057 4671.


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The Programme

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The Speakers

Kathleen Walker

Kathleen Walker is a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and is currently a PhD student at Cardiff University. After qualifying in 2002 Kathleen worked within the NHS for a number of years before entering the private sector and becoming Team Physiotherapist for Wales Women’s Cricket Squad.

In 2018 Kathleen was awarded an MSc Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy. Her dissertation explored the barriers to running participation for women in Wales.

Over the years, having been a runner herself from a young age, Kathleen developed a special interest in running injuries. Kathleen’s current research project is entitled Run Healthy, Run Strong: The Development of A Running Injury Prevention Self-Management Platform for Recreational Runners.

Stuart Butler

Stuart is a private practitioner in Guildford, Surrey and Medical Lead at England Athletics.

He’s been fortunate to travel internationally with track and field and led the athletics team in at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He has a keen interest in running biomechanics, hamstring injuries and high speed running. He lecturers at UCL on athletic development and has blogged about Hamstring Injuries and High Speed running

Mike James

Mike is a former Military Physical Training Instructor and rehabilitation specialist, fitness expert and Sports Rehabilitator. Widely known as “The Endurance Physio”, he has over 20 years experience as an ultra-endurance athlete and therapist, competing and treating worldwide. Mike has completed over 150 marathons and ultra-marathons ranging from the classic 26.2-mile course up to 250-mile, multi day events, as well as many ultra – triathlon and open water swimming challenges. 

He has a strong reputation in the therapy world having had many articles published in national magazines and is a regular speaker at conferences and shows as well as running his own courses and workshops.

Mike holds an MSc in Physiotherapy as well as degrees in Sports Rehabilitation, strength conditioning and Sports Science.

His passion is helping both therapists and athletes maximise their potential.

He is also Director of Sports Injury Fix – a website aimed at helping the public find the right therapist.

Colin Griffin

Colin works as a strength and conditioning coach at the Sports Surgery Clinic specialising in the rehabilitation of lower limb running injuries, as well as performance. He is currently undertaking a PhD investigating Achilles tendinopathy rehab and lower limb biomechanics. He previously enjoyed a long career as an international athlete competing in 2 Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and world and European Championships in the 50km walk. He has taken up running in recent years with a 2.23.00 marathon PB.

Colin has undergraduate degrees from University of Limerick and Setanta College, and a Master’s degree from University College Dublin. He is a UKSCA accredited coach and a Strength and Conditioning provider with the Sport Ireland Institute. He is also a certified IAAF Level 4 coach and a coach education tutor with Athletics Ireland.

Gemma Jefferson

Gemma Jefferson qualified from Birmingham University in 2004 and having completed her general rotations was struggling to decide what her speciality was going to be, having enjoyed neurology, amputee rehab and always had a love of sports.  Whilst working in a musculoskeletal practice, she began to increase her knowledge of various elite sports, working with professional rugby clubs, swimmers and kayakers to name a few.  Having watched the Beijing Paralympic Games, Gemma realised that working in Paralympic sport would provide a way for her to combine her various interests in physiotherapy into one area of work. 

Opportunities to train and work as a national classifier helped confirm this was the direction to go, and Gemma focused her attention in Paralympic sport opportunities during her MSc Sports Physiotherapy Studies. 

During the Rio Paralympic Games cycle Gemma worked with the GB ParaTriathlon Squad, and for the last 3 years has been working as Lead Physiotherapist for the British Athletics Paralympic Programme. 

She has a keen interest in movement assessment and optimising biomechanics to reduce injury and enhance performance; skills which are applicable to both Paralympic and Olympic athletes.

Hannah Rice

I am a Lecturer in Biomechanics at the University of Exeter with an interest in understanding mechanisms for the development of lower limb overuse injuries, with a particular focus on stress fractures of the tibia and metatarsals. My research so far has involved runners (recreational and elite) and military recruits. The overall goal of my research is to improve understanding of why these injuries occur so that interventions to reduce their risk can be identified.

I am working on modelling approaches to estimate the stresses experienced by the tibia and metatarsals during human movement. This involves gait analysis, inverse dynamics, musculoskeletal modelling, beam theory and finite element analysis. 

I’ve spent time developing my research with Professor Irene Davis at the Spaulding National Running Center, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA and with Professor Joe Hamill at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.

Mike Antoniades

Mike is the founder and Performance & Rehabilitation Director of the Movement & Running School.

He is a Movement and Speed Coach and has specialised in movement biomechanics movement re-patterning and rehabilitation after injury or surgery and focused on Speed training for athletes of different sports.

Mike has been a coach for over 35 years and set-up the first Rehabilitation & Speed centre in the UK in 1999. He has worked in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has coached at professional and academy level and is a consultant for a number of professional Football clubs as well as elite athletes. His Clients include Non athletes , and recreational athletes but also athletes and teams from, The English Premiership, English Championship, German Bundesliga  Rugby Union, Rugby league, Handball, Lacrosse, European Olympic Associations as well as Elite Track & Field athletes including World & Olympic Gold Medallists.

His Movement Re-Patterning methodology is not restricted to elite and up and coming athletes 50% of all the clients to the two London centres come for rehabilitation after surgery or injury.  

Mike runs CPD education courses and workshops for coaches, medical practitioners and rehabilitation specialists and has been described as one of the UK’s most “Innovative Coaches and Rehabilitation Specialists in Europe”.

Dr. Liba Sheeran

Dr. Liba Sheeran holds a dual academic and clinical role as a Reader at Cardiff University and a Consultant Physiotherapist at Welsh Athletics. Her PhD focused on investigation of motor control variations in populations of low back pain. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the use of sensor and video motion tracking technologies in developing of personalised active physical interventions for people with long term musculoskeletal conditions. In her clinical capacity as a consultant physiotherapist for Welsh Athletics she works with Commonwealth Games and World Class senior and development athletes. Her main clinical interest is in management of complex cases of chronic spinal pain in adolescents and adults. She is an expert tutor on a specialist courses on the management of complex non-specific low back pain.

Liba lectures nationally and internationally mainly on a problematic of spinal assessment, profiling and trunk conditioning programmes for athletics.

Dr Luca Angius

Luca received his Bachelor, MSc in Sport Science and then completed a PhD in Biology Biochemistry of Human and Environment at University of Cagliari (IT). In 2012 I moved to the University of Kent where I completed my second PhD in Sport & Exercise Science and Sports Therapy. Following my studies, I began my academic career as Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent before taking up a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow position at Northumbria University in September 2018.

My current research focuses on the neurophysiological and psychological mechanisms leading to fatigue during endurance exercise. My research involves the application of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study how the brain is involved in exercise regulation.

The ultimate goal of my research is to find new ways to improve and optimize physical performance as well as reduce physical and mental fatigue. This knowledge can be applied for the improvement of physical performance and the quality of life in healthy adults and clinical populations.

Chris Bramah

Chris Bramah is a physiotherapist and biomechanics researcher from the Manchester Institute of Health & Performance and the University of Salford. His research focuses upon the biomechanics of high-performance endurance running, running injuries and methods of retraining running mechanics. He has published work in several peer reviewed journals and presented at multiple international conferences. As a physiotherapist he works with several elite endurance athletes and alongside British Athletics with their endurance program, traveling across the World supporting elite endurance athletes on training camps and major competitions. Unique to his practice, Chris oversees a number of running biomechanics clinics where they use 3D gait analysis technology to inform injury management and performance enhancement strategies.

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The Venue

Sophia Gardens Stadium, Cardiff is a modern, world-class cricket stadium and events space.

Sophia Gardens is handily located in central Cardiff. CF11 9XR to be exact – less than one mile from Cardiff Central Station and five miles from junction 32 of the M4. The Gardens were first laid out in 1854 and now also house the Sport Wales National Centre

Glamorgan County Cricket Club moved into Sophia Gardens in 1967, later renovating and expanding the stadium into the world-class cricket stadium and events space it is today.

Superfast broadband, Free & Secure Parking on-site plus Sustainable sourcing, a commitment to recycling and a partnership with Keep Wales Tidy all contribute to a convenient and enjoyable venue.

Event Partners


Alliance Medical is Europe’s leading provider of outsourced Diagnostic Imaging. In Ireland, we are headquartered in Limerick and have 26 clinical locations throughout the country including Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast.

We invest heavily in technology and our people to ensure we recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and competent team. Alliance Medical’s Radiographers are among the best specialists in Europe and our radiologists are accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.


Essity (formerly BSN medical) is a leading global health and medical solutions provider, specialising in the areas of Physiotherapy, Fracture Management, Wound Care and Compression products. Partnering ACPSEM is exciting for us, and a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our key physiotherapy products, alongside our wider healthcare portfolios. We specialise in healthcare products and support that offer high-quality solutions for immobilisation through to rehabilitation and prevention.

For more, email or contact Sue Mclean on 01482 6701

Vivomed is one of the UK’s leading sports medicine and physiotherapy supply companies and is delighted to be joining the ACPSEM for their Autumn study day in Belfast.

We will be show casing 2 new products specifically developed for the treatment of hip and groin injuries, SUPACORE Coretech and Coretection Coreshorts Pro. Please visit our stand to see and experience these products.

For more, email or call 028 44617666


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