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Saturday March 30th 2019

St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

The interdisciplinary management of the artistic athlete

Physios In Sport, in collaboration with the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and the University of Edinburgh, offer a unique regional event for those dealing with performers whether they be on stage, the ice rink, the slopes, the big top, the pool, the arena.

Set in the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh with a venue just off the famous royal mile, practitioners from all disciplines – physios, medics, educators, coaches, therapists, scientists and researchers are invited to join the event to discuss the topic of CONTROL.

Book the date NOW: Saturday, 30th March 2019

More details and speaker information to follow soon – keep checking back.


The topic of Control is our central theme for the event. In aesthetic sports and with performers this concept can mean different things. Our event aims to delve deeper into the topic and promoting new thoughts, ideas and strategies to maximise our performance outcomes in this unique group of athletes and artists.

  • Leadership is key to any organisation. Our panel of speakers will discuss their various takes on being In Control and how they drive and develop the cultures within their organisations.
  • Where does Control lie. Our invited speakers will examine the evidence from their specialist fields of research and give practical solutions to empower you to deal and cope with artists and performers in a positive way.
  • Controlling healthy weights in aesthetic sports. Energy, body image, weight are contentious topics within the field. Above all, athlete and performers need to be healthy in order to train and execute the highly skilled movement of their art form. Healthcare providers and trainers have a duty of care to ensure they are working in partnership with their athletes to achieve optimal fuelling to sustain their workload. Our presenters will show the latest developments in the field in order to achieve this.
  • Control of common injuries in aesthetic and aerial sport. Reducing the risk of injuries is a keystone to improving performance. Our physio experts from the field, including speakers from British Gymnastics and Cirque du Soleil, will present on the epidemiology of the injuries they see in the artistic field and highlight their clinical knowledge, decision-making processes and management strategies to control injury incidences.
  • Two ‘Duels’ will be presented, where two experts using evidence battle to convince you that their side of argument is superior. Previous topics have included the use of Cryotherapy, Tradition and Screening. Our two topics to be debated will be released shortly.

Extra Friday Evening Course:

Our bolt on course on Friday night explores Controlling hypermobility.

Extreme flexibility is a desired trait in many artistic disciples. Key speakers in the field, including Royal Ballet physiotherapist and researcher Moira McCormack, will present work on how to assess those athletes, discuss the issues that those who are hypermobile can face and provide experiential workshops on techniques to control issues they may face.

Is it for me?

If you are a primary healthcare practitioner who is looking for increasing understanding of what is known about the role the mind plays in rehab, and how we can maximise this.

You want cutting-edge science mixed with examples from the coal face in elite sport, but with applications to the high street clinic or gym where the couch to 5k is more common than televised performance.

It’s an event suited to all practitioners, irrespective of experience and levels of psychology, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation training. It will enhance your current techniques with evidence-based and clinically relevant protocols, aimed at improving your patient athlete outcomes no matter what level they are exercising at.

It’s ideal for coaches, physical preparation personnel and therapy staff at all levels of sport. Develop a greater understanding of the importance that the brain and the mind plays in addition to physical attributes!

For added value you also get a high quality CPD


Our first class speakers include:

Professor Damian Hughes

Professor Damian Hughes

Professor Damian Hughes is an international speaker and best selling author who combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisational development and change psychology, to help organisations and teams to create a high performing culture.
Michelle Biggins

Michelle Biggins

Michelle Biggins is a chartered physiotherapist who has worked in elite sport for over ten years. She has worked as physiotherapist at the last two Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and London 2012. She is head physiotherapist for Ireland for the World University Games……
Professor Cathy Craig

Professor Cathy Craig

Cathy Craig is a professor of perception in action Psychology and Director of the Movement Innovation Lab at Queen’s University Belfast. With over 20 years’ research experience and 80 scientific publications, she is a recognized ‘thought leader’ in the use of VR in sport…..
Jo Gibson

Jo Gibson

Jo Gibson MCSP MSc.(Adv. Practice) is a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist working at the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital , a Consultant in private practice and provides a consultancy role for several elite Sports teams. She has worked as …..
Adrian Mallows

Adrian Mallows

Adrian is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Deputy Director of Education for the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences at the University of Essex, UK. Adrian has extensive experience in relation to musculoskeletal health and currently leads the MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy programme. Additionally…..
Adam Gledhill

Adam Gledhill

Adam Gledhill is Course Director of Undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University. Adam’s research is informing the working practices of athlete support networks and coaches in talent development and injury rehabilitation…..
Richmond Stace

Richmond Stace

Richmond Stace is a Specialist Pain Physiotherapist | Pain Coach | Entrepaineur | International speaker, lecturer & writer. Richmond’s purpose is to reduce the suffering in society caused by chronic and persistent pain; the No1 global health burden…

The Programme

In this year’s The Sporting Mind we’re covering some of the most significant fields in brain-body relationships, introducing the latest developments in:

• sensorimotor training & mindful practice
• the science of behaviour in sport
• tendon neuroplasticity training
• cortical mapping
• virtual reality with athletes
• sleep & the impact on performance

NB We will update the programme as guests are confirmed so keep checking for the latest version

Saturday Programme

Friday Exclusive Programme

The Venue

The venue for this important event is the renowned St Cecilia’s Hall – Concert Room and Music Museum to the University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is widely regarded was one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea. The ‘Athens of the North’ as it has been nicknamed is a city of high culture and lofty ideals, of art and literature, philosophy and science.  The city allows for meandering walks exploring the World Heritage sites of the Old Town and New Town, as well as its numerous museums and galleries.

It is here within the walls of one of these beautiful museums, St Cecilia’s Hall, home to one of the most important historical musical instrument collections in the world that CONTROL will be held. St Cecilia’ s is Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall and the Georgian venue is a real hidden gem,  in the heart of Edinburgh’s Cowgate. The Cowgate is part of the lower level of Edinburgh’s Old Town which lies below the elevated streets of South Bridge and George IV Bridge and is a short hop from the imposing Edinburgh Castle and tourist mecca of the Royal Mile.

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Information about accomodation will follow soon.


We are pleased to announce the Partners organising this important Event as:

ACPSEM | IADMS | University of Edinburgh

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The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science is a non-profit organisation focused on advancing the health and wellness of the dance community by bringing together professionals in the various fields of performing arts medicine, research, and dance education. The organisation was formed in 1990 and has grown from an initial 48 members in 1991 to over 1,400 members at present world-wide, representing over 40 countries. IADMS hosts an annual conference and regional meetings designed to promote discourse between industry professionals. IADMS has a quarterly publication, The Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, among other member benefits. Find out more about all of our offerings at
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