FSEM Supports New Event to Tackle Physical Inactivity

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The FSEM is an official supporter of Elevate, a free to attend business event, taking place at London Olympia on the 4 and 5 May. The event is the UK’s first cross-sector conference, bringing together academia, healthcare, government, the physical activity sector and performance experts to focus on an increasingly important and complex societal challenge: tackling physical inactivity.

With physical inactivity moving higher and higher up the Public Agenda, an increasing number of organisations are looking for ways they can tackle this issue, including advances in the sporting arena which can impact everyday life and consumer trends. This event is hoping to make this task a lot easier by exploring the ways in which exercise, health and performance connect, bringing together industry leaders, academics, practitioners, policy makers and performance experts to focus on getting the nation moving.

The event is expected to welcome more than 4,000 visitors, all benefiting from an extensive seminar programme and exhibition. Speakers from Public Health England, ISEH, the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK, Sport and Recreation Alliance, TFL, London Sport, Sheffield Hallam University, EIS, Nuffield Health, and GlaxoSmithKline Human Performance Lab, to name just a few, will provide complimentary seminars, encouraging debate and an open forum to discuss key issues affecting the heath of the nation.

Max Quittenton, Director of Elevate, comments, “Tackling physical inactivity is widely recognised as politically, economically and socially more important than ever. An independently researched, balanced, free-to-attend event of scale, in London, will help accelerate progress first regionally, then nationally and in the near future internationally.

“May 4-5 will be the very first time performance experts, practitioners, government and the physical activity sector come together on mass to focus on this complex societal challenge. The response so far has been fantastic: a large number of the most influential brands, experts and organisations are already supporting the event. Most of which agree London is the natural home of an annual event focused directly on this particular subject matter.”

Of the three seminar streams: Inclusivity, Physical Activity for Health and Wellbeing and Future Performance, the latter will focus on the latest developments in human performance and how such advances in the sporting arena can impact everyday life and consumer trends.

Dr Roderick Jaques, Director of Medical Services at English Institute of Sport and Immediate Past President of FSEM UK will be lending his support and expertise to chair a discussion panel on athlete health and wellbeing. His session will focus on what we can learn from injury and illness surveillance data.

Dr Roderick Jaques comments: “Professional sport in the 21st century requires a proven system for managing all injury, illness and medical intervention data. This needs to be an athlete monitoring tool that is both intuitive for athletes and comprehensive for practitioners and coaches.  It needs to gather information real time and in the field, against the exposure of the athlete to training and competition stresses.

“This data can then be used to understand vulnerability of teams or individuals in certain environments. Injury and illness analytics (with the appropriate confidentiality) can then be useful to all members of the multi-disciplinary sports professional team. There are clearly performance gains to be made in managing data in this way but also important ethical issues to consider both for professional sport and society, which is why I feel a presentation like this at Elevate is important.”

Other speakers involved in the discussion panel include Glenn Hunter, Research and Innovation Consultant for Athletic Health at English Institute of Sport and Ashleigh Wallace, Athlete Health Lead at English Institute of Sport. With sport and exercise medicine involving diagnostics, clinical examination and knowledge of sport specific movement patterns, this seminar will explore the latest approaches too attaining maximum performance, reduced injury and illness time. It will also examine the practicalities of application to improving the health of the general public.

The programme of speakers will also include:

Professor Mark Batt, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, at the Centre for Sports Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Past President of the FSEM, will be chairing a session on Exercise for Healthy Bones and Joints and speaking on Osteoarthritis – understanding the latest evidence supporting physical activity for healthy joints and musculoskeletal health.

Dr Justin Varney Deputy Director for Health and Wellbeing Public Health England (PHE) and the FSEM’s representative for PHE on Council, from Public Health England will be presenting – Understanding the burden of physical inactivity and the potential of physical activity for prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases. 

Dr Mike Loosemore Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine within the NHS at the Institute of Sport Exercise nad Health (ISEH) and Fellow of the FSEM, will be chairing the session Physical activity and workforce wellbeing and presenting Understanding active movement and the importance of targeting sedentary behaviour and The importance of activity for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development – what the research tells us. 

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