Sports Rehab and Education has set an industry standard for sports conferences. From Pain to Performance, held on an annual basis in London in May, is widely recognised as one of the leading sports medicine conferences in the UK, both for the quality of its speakers and the location.

A Sports Rehab & Education Conference can guarantee:


Outstanding Speakers


Focused Event


Top Quality Venues


Full Trade Exhibitions


An administration support team that is friendly, helpful and efficient

……and fabulous refreshments too!!


From Pain to Performance 2017 Reaches New Heights

  Professor Graham N. Smith  
Professor Graham N. Smith looks back at yet another highly successful conference and the crucial ingredients that continue to make From Pain to Performance™ a highlight of the annual Sport and Exercise Medicine conference calendar.
‘Reflecting back on From Pain to Performance™ 2017 has been an interesting exercise. Whilst this was the tenth time that we had held it at the London Heathrow Marriott and, as such, everything related to it was familiar, I felt that this year’s conference definitely had its own uniqueness.
Each year that From Pain to Performance™ is run, there is something within the programme that stands out, be it topics, certain speakers or even the food. This year for me it was the speakers as a group and the way that they interacted between each other, both on and off the podium. Something seemed to gel, which not only bonded them as a group but stimulated a compatibility that was almost tangible.
It is also traditional for me to host a dinner for speakers and guests on the night before the event. The aim of this is to give the speakers an opportunity to meet each other in an informal environment rather than during the formality of the conference. It also provides colleagues who may only have heard of each other but not had a previous opportunity to meet, to have the chance to get to know each other. Therefore, to say that this particular group were not only good company but fun too, would be an understatement. I also feel that the bonding from the dinner then carried through to the conference itself.
  Ms Susan Alexander  

The first speaker, Susan Alexander, an orthopaedic shoulder specialist and an outstanding speaker, definitely laid the foundations for the quality and good humour of the day with her lively and clinically appropriate presentation. It clarified a surgeon’s perspective of when she felt patients should be referred to her for possible surgery or treated conservatively or for rehabilitation; a question that every practitioner attending, found relevant.
  Johnny Wilson  
Susan was then followed by Johnny Wilson, a highly respected Physiotherapist working in professional football and someone who is extremely well-known for his innovative use of Twitter. As Head of Sports Science and Sports Medicine at Notts County FC, he deals with professional footballers on a daily basis, many of whom sustain the ubiquitous groin injury. As a result, he is extremely experienced with having to deal with the consequences that many practitioners in a similar position face, concerning medical ethics versus the demands of the industry. Therefore, a presentation that gave us a clear and concise overview of how to deal with both, accompanied by a dash of Irish humour, was not only appreciated by the delegates attending but appropriate too.
  Dr Peter Brukner OAM  

Following a lively coffee break and opportunity for delegates to catch up with colleagues as well as viewing the exhibition stands, the conference moved on to the international part of the morning. As one of the co-authors of, in all probability, the most well-known Sports Medicine book available, Peter Brukner’s participation was eagerly anticipated by everyone there and they were not disappointed.
His overview and explanation of the role of the Intramuscular Tendon and its deficiency and/or failing in Hamstring injuries, certainly clarified and simplified many of the issues that practitioners face with this particular problem. Peter’s ability to make a very complicated topic seem so logical was also very refreshing. Additionally, Peter was kind enough to present a signed copy of the latest edition of Clinical
  Dr Peter Brukner OAM and Julie Ann Lacroix  
Sports Medicine to one of the delegates, Julie Anne Lacroix, who had actually won it in a raffle at the 2016 From Pain to Performance™.

However, Karim Khan, the other co-author who had been a speaker in 2016, suggested waiting for this latest edition to be published and getting Peter Brukner to present it on their behalf; a gesture that was greatly appreciated, not only by Julie but the audience too.
The next international speaker, Bill Knowles, is not only known for his powerful and sometimes
  Bill Knowles  
 controversial presentations but also for his global reputation in ‘reconditioning and restoration.’ Bill vehemently dislikes referring to ‘rehabilitation’ as he believes that this does not cover the whole topic. For Bill, the focus must be on reconditioning the athlete rather than rehabilitating the injury, hence the reason that athletes from a variety of sports from all over the world, including the UK, attend his facility in Pennsylvania for his expertise and help.
Bill’s morning presentation was his introduction to the concept and philosophy, and he returned to the podium in the afternoon to give video examples of programmes and some case studies. Delegates thoroughly enjoyed both presentations along with Bill’s openness.
For many previous attendees, the next ninety minutes were the reason for returning – lunch! Whilst this might seem a strange comment in a reflection on a conference, the food served by the Marriott is an important feature of the event and something that is always positively commented on and referred to by Delegates. It never runs out and is always excellent. It also fuels the brain for the afternoon session to come.
The first two speakers in the session after lunch were both Graduate Sports Therapists with their own
  Peter Thain  
 individual and very important messages to give. The first, Peter Thain, using research he had undertaken in his PhD, negated the myths that surround the effects of cryotherapy on muscle reaction times. The importance of this was to demonstrate unequivocally that if cold is applied to a muscle, it does not slow down the speed at which the muscle contracts, which, if happening, would end in injury. Consequently, the evidence presented confirmed that it is all right to apply cold during a competitive event without increasing the risk of injury due to slow or delayed muscle responses. Peter’s presentation definitely exemplified the use of research to prove or disprove practical and clinical applications.
  Tom Robinson  
Tom Robinson then gave an extremely sobering and thought provoking overview of what was initially diagnosed as a concussion but did not follow the progress or expectations that would normally be associated with recovery from this condition. The overview followed the journey that both the clinicians and patient underwent until a definitive diagnosis was determined, which, in the end, had nothing to do with the head trauma that had been experienced but had been masked by it.
I know that many of the Delegates attending found this presentation particularly relevant (and sobering) because of the sports that they themselves work in and where head injuries and concussion are a major risk.
Peter and Tom were then followed by Bill Knowles for his second presentation prior to the Delegates being once again treated to another break and the last opportunity to visit the popular and lively trade exhibition.
The final speaker, Leo Athanasatos, then regaled the audience with tales from the track sides and pit lanes of motor sport. For anyone attending who had a
  Leo Athanasatos  
 preconceived idea or desire to work in Formula 1, I’m sure that their thoughts and ambitions were either heightened or dispelled by Leo’s presentation. Describing what is expected of a clinician in this environment and the risks that every driver takes, certainly reinforced the old adage of not going into any sport unless you understand totally its rules, regulations and philosophies. Motorsport is an environment where even the smallest error can have major consequences. It is also a sport that requires clinicians to always be aware of their position within the team. Additionally, they must further ensure that they never work outside of the boundaries, both physical and ethical, that are there.
I know that many Delegates who, prior to this presentation, did not necessarily like motor racing or Formula 1, found it both interesting and extremely stimulating. I am also sure that many of the audience present will now watch this sport with a completely different outlook and opinion.
  Terry Stone  
All of the speakers for 2017 were practitioners who are currently working within Sport and Exercise Medicine. They were willing to share their knowledge and experience and gave all attendees something to take away that could be used immediately. Each speaker was also able to give the evidence and appropriate research to support their actions. To me, this is one of the most important elements of all From Pain to Performance™ conferences and something that is integral to the speakers invited to present. It is also something that I hope and believe is a reason why this event is so eagerly anticipated and supported by so many Delegates who return on an annual basis. Alternatively, it could be the food.’

The winner of the conference overnight accommodation for the conference was won by Terry Stone. Terry is a physiotherapist who originates from New Zealand but currently lives in Swansea. Needless to say he was delighted to have accommodation at the hotel after making the 180 mile journey to the conference.


From Pain to Performance 2017

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