The huge effort put into the inaugural Western Conference Sports & Exercise Medicine event proved extremely worthwhile as the day exceeded all expectations.
The conference hosted by Dr. Sean & Liam Moffatt, Directors Mayo Sport Clinic, in association with the Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry, was held on Saturday May 11 and the packed attendance was very impressed with what they experienced.
Liam Moffatt was delighted with the way the day turned out and based on the success of the first such conference in Connacht, he is determined to make it an annual event.
“A lot of work went into organising the day so thankfully it went well for us. It was completely sold out and we had a great deal of interest from both medical professionals and medical supply companies.
“We had six top quality speakers who are all renowned in their own fields, and all involved research, clinical work and the use of technology. There was a great mix and those attending seemed to be happy with that”, explained Liam.
“Overall it was a good day and we are delighted so the plan is to go even bigger and better next year”, he added.
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 was satisfied.
The speakers and topics for the event were 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 Shoulde COLM FULLER, Munster Rugby Physiotherapist
Integrated Performance Training BARRY SOLAN, Strength & Conditioning Coach.
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.
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.