Date: 9-10 May, 2018
Venue: Sandy Park, Exeter
Keynote speakers and academic organisers
Rob Baxter - Director of Rugby, Exeter Chiefs
Rob Baxter is the Head Coach of Aviva Premiership rugby team Exeter Chiefs. He previously played with the team for 14 years, serving 10 of them as the club's captain. During his playing career he amassed over 300 appearances at the club's old County Ground home.
Originally from Tavistock, Rob has lived in Exeter for over 40 years. Following his retirement from playing, he started his coaching career as the Director of Rugby at the University of Exeter and combined this with coaching at Exeter Chiefs, firstly with the United team and then as forwards coach. Rob became head coach in 2009, and during his first season as coach, he led the team to promotion from the RFU Championship to the Aviva Premiership. This success in establishing Exeter as a strong Premiership team led to Rob receiving the award of Director of the Year in 2011/12 at the Aviva Premiership awards, having been nominated for the honour the previous season.
During his career as head coach at Exeter Chiefs, Rob has overseen five top six finishes in the league, winning the Anglo Welsh cup in 2014 and reaching the European Champions Cup quarter finals in the 2015-2016 season. In the same season the Chiefs came runners up in the Aviva Premiership and last season they won the Aviva Premiership for the first time to become the Champions of England. He was also part of the England set-up for their summer tour to Argentina and Uruguay in 2013.
Simon Kemp - RFU Medical Services Director
Simon Kemp is Medical Services Director at the Rugby Football Union. His remit covers professional, community and age-group rugby.
Simon, a specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine, has extensive experience in sports medicine having worked at the RFU since 2001 as Head of Sports Medicine until 2013 and subsequently as Chief Medical Officer. Simon was the Medical Director for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the England senior team physician during the Rugby World Cup campaigns in 2003 and 2007. He is a member of World Rugby's Medicine, Science and Research and Concussion working groups and the Football Association Independent Head Injury and Concussion Expert Panel. His current research focusses on player load and injury, concussion and the injury risk of artificial turf.
Michael Papadakis - Chair of the European Section of Sports Cardiology
Dr Papadakis is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at St George’s, University of London and a Consultant Cardiologists at St George’s University Hospitals. Dr Papadakis qualified at Imperial College School of Medicine in London in 2001 and gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007.
In 2014 he was awarded a Medical Doctora at King’s College London. His interests include sports cardiology, inherited cardiac diseases, prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young, heart failure and cardiac imaging. Dr Papadakis is currently credited with more than 80 publications in peer reviewed medical journals.
He is the chair-elect of the European section of Sports Cardiology. He has contributed to a number of projects including the creation of a Sports Cardiology core curriculum, exercise recommendations for patients with congenital heart disease and the novel ECG criteria for the interpretation of an athlete’s ECG. He has advanced education in the field of Sports Cardiology by building the educational material for the European Society of Cardiology and launching a novel MSc degree in Sports Cardiology, the first postgraduate qualification of its kind.
Dr Joanna Bowtell - Academic Organiser, Exeter Sports Medicine Conference
Dr Bowtell completed her PhD examining the effects of nutrition and exercise on protein turnover at Dundee University in 1996. She subsequently spent 3 years lecturing and researching at Loughborough University and 12 years at London South Bank University, where she led sport and exercise science research and enterprise activity.
She has been at the University of Exeter Since September 2011, where she is now an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, and Head of the Sport and Health Sciences Department. Jo's research focus is on exercise and nutrient-induced changes in human physiology and metabolism, especially the effects of polyphenol supplementation on exercise performance and recovery, as well as their potential to support healthy aging of the musculoskeletal and vascular systems. Her group are, for instance, exploring the effects of fruit derived polyphenols on peripheral vascular function as well as cerebral perfusion and cognitive function.
Dr Adam Reuben - Academic Organiser, Exeter Sports Medicine Conference
Adam Reuben is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, where he has worked for the past 8 years. He is, in addition, Club Doctor for the current Premiership Champions, Exeter Chiefs, continuing an interest in rugby having represented England at junior level, gained Blues at Oxford and played professionally, briefly, for Cardiff Blues. He has an interest in academic Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine, with a particular interest in sports related concussion, specifically the challenges of diagnosis and return to play.
Prav Mathema - National Medical Manager, Welsh Rugby Union
Mr Prav Mathema has held the position of National Medical Manager to the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) since 2011. Prav qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1998 and after a short spell within the NHS, he spent over a decade as the Head of Medical Services at Queens Park Rangers Football Club and London Wasps. In addition to his duties as the National Medical Manager, he is also a Senior Physiotherapist for the WRU National Men's Squad.
Prav has been selected as a Physiotherapist to the British and Irish Lions Rugby Team, touring with them in 2009 to South Africa, 2013 to Australia and once again in 2017 to New Zealand. He is also a member of World Rugby's Concussion Working Group. Prav acts as the Chair to the WRU's Medical Advisory Committee and leads several steering groups within the WRU.
I look forward to being part of this sports medicine conference. It not only provides an opportunity to actively participate in discussions about sporting injuries, but also with access to key research from experts in this field of sports and rugby medicine. The conference will offer an excellent opportunity to discuss and share learnings with peers.
Simon Kemp, RFU Medical Services Director
As Chair of the European Section of Sports Cardiology, I’m delighted to be speaking at the Exeter Sports Medicine Conference in 2018. One of our key objectives at EAPC is to educate health professionals on the effects of regular physical exercise on the heart, how to differentiate “Athlete’s heart” from conditions that predispose to sudden cardiac death in our athletes and promote cardiac screening of young athletes. This conference will provide a great platform for education and discussion around the sporting heart as well as provide an opportunity to share valuable research on sports cardiology including cardiac screening, rehabilitation and emergency response planning
Michael Papadakis, Chair of the European Section of Sports Cardiology