This weekend will witness another important first in terms of Irish sports medicine with inaugural Western Conference Sports & Exercise Medicine event taking place on Saturday May 11 in Ballina.
The event is hosted by Dr. Sean & Liam Moffatt, Directors Mayo Sport Clinic, in association with the Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry, and according to Liam Moffatt it has attracted huge interest.
Taking place in the Mayo Sports Clinic, Ballina, from 9am to 4pm, it will be of huge interest to athletic therapists as if covers a side range of topics and features expert speakers. For Liam Moffatt this conference is something that he is thrilled to have in Mayo.
“At the outset of the development of the Mayo Sports Clinic, we said we would have educational courses for members of the profession and the public, so this is an example of us following through on that.
“It is the first such sports conference to take place in Connacht and we are delighted to have it in Ballina”, explained Liam.
When the idea of having a sports conference first came up, the aim was to provide high profile speakers discussing relevant issues and Liam is satisfied that such criteria has been satisfied for Saturday.
“The six speakers we have are renowned in their fields and they will speak on topics that are very important to people in sports medicine. This conference was very carefully planned with a lot of consultation being undertaken, while we also did a lot of market research to see exactly what people want”, added Liam who is very pleased with the line-up.
The speakers and topics for the event are as follows:
The Sporting Knee MR RAY MORAN, Medical Director and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon SSC
The Sporting Shoulder MR PAUL O’GRADY, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
The Role of 3D Kinematics in the Management of Groin Pain DR ANDY FRANKLYN-MILLER, Consultant Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician SSC
Movement Screening in Injury Prevention & Athletic Performance ENDA KING, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist SSC
Rehabilitation of the Athletic Shoulder COLM FULLER, Munster Rugby Physiotherapist
Integrated Performance Training BARRY SOLAN, Strength & Conditioning Coach
WORKSHOPS: Expert demonstration of joint examination, functional assessment & athletic taping session.
The careful planning put into the conference certainly has paid off with Liam revealing that the event was a sell-out over a week in advance.
“Because it was the first conference we have hosted, we were a bit worried about the response so it was great to have it sold out, so we hope that it will be a regular event”, he added.
The Mayo Sports Clinic has been open since October of last year and for Liam, who is a member of ARTI and Chartered Physiotherapists, it is already proving to be a success.
“It is a state-of-the-art clinic in Ballina that promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to sports medicine. We are closely linked to Mayo GAA but we are heavily involved with others sports including golf, surfing, triathlon and athletics as well as having our regular patients”, he explained.
Liam, who was among the first graduates in athletic training from DCU went on to study physiotherapy, and having played championship football at all levels with Mayo, the Crossmolina man is in a good position to assess the needs of athletes.
“I have a good idea of what people require and our approach is to treat the whole person as opposed to just the injury. Whether it is somebody who is a leisurely walker or top class athlete, we aim to get the best possible outcome for them by promoting a multi-disciplinary approach as this is without doubt the best way forward”, he concluded.