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Combat Sport Workshop, Female Athlete Health – BASES Endorsed CPD Event

January 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0

BASES Endorsed Combat Sport Workshop
2nd Annual Combat Sport Workshop at the GB Judo National Training Centre focusing on Female athlete health
9.30-10am Arrivals tea/coffee
10-10.15am Welcome to the National training centre and event (Dr Ross Cloak and Nigel Donohue).
10.15-10.45am Prof Roger Wolman- An understanding of RED-S and its impact in weight-category sports.
11-11.45am Dr Rebecca Robinson- The Menstrual cycle- Optimising symptoms and managing disorders for performance.
11.45-12.15pm Tea/coffee and network
12.15-1.15pm Jacob Eyres, Steve Miller, Lauran Jackson, and Dr Joe Banks- The ACL return to play journey in elite judoka.
1.15pm-2pm Lunch
2pm-2.45pm Dr Carl Langan Evans- Nutrition for Female fighters.
Break 2.45-3pm Tea/Coffee and network
3pm-3.45pm Prof Tracey Devonport and Kelly Petersen-Pollard-The psychology behind weight making behaviours.
3.45pm-4pm Planning for next event and close of day
4pm Depart


Speaker Bios

Dr Carl Langan-Evans is the Programme Leader for the MSc in Strength & Conditioning at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and consults with a number of professional and Olympic combat sports athletes. Carl completed his PhD in applied sport physiology and nutrition examining the making weight strategies for combat sport athletes.
Dr Ross Cloak is an Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wolverhampton. His applied work has been conducted with professional football teams and he has worked as a consultant physiologist to GB Judo on the lead up to Rio and Tokyo Olympics. Ross was formerly the CPD representative for the BASES Sport and Performance Sport Division.
Nigel Donohue is the Performance Director at the British judo association with a wealth of experience and expertise in strategic performance planning and management. As an athlete he was European Champion and represented Great Britain at two Olympic games.
Jacob Eyres is the lead Physiotherapist for the Olympic and Paralympic Great British Judo teams. The role focuses on injury reduction strategies, rehabilitation of injured fighters from acute through to end stage return to randori, as well as looking into athlete health strategies to optimise training availability. Jacob has previously worked as a Physiotherapist for Coventry City Football Club and Head of Medicine and Science for Walsall Academy Football Club.
Lauran Jackson is GB judo’s Strength and Conditioning coach, supporting athletes and coaches on the world class performance programme to maximise training and competition. The role focuses on working across a multidisciplinary team preparing athletes for major competitions, return to randori following injury and long-term physical development. Lauran is an accredited coach and member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.
Prof Roger Wolman qualified as a Doctor and completed his specialist training in Rheumatology and Sport & Exercise Medicine. During this time, he worked at the British Olympic Medical Centre where he completed his Doctorate on Hormonal dysfunction and Bone health in female athletes. This work included research on professional dancers and athletes in weight-restricted sports. From 1994 -2019 he worked as an NHS Consultant at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. His research has led to the publication of more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals which includes work on bone stress injuries, RED-S and the role of Vitamin D in the musculoskeletal health of athletes. He has worked with elite athletes from a range of sports including Football, Rowing, Track and Field, Dance and Combat Sports.
Dr Rebecca Robinson is a consultant in sport and exercise medicine, with a background in hospital medicine. Her work focuses on athlete health with specific clinical and research interests in female athlete health throughout the lifespan as well as exercise medicine as an intervention for people during and after cancer. Dr Robinson works with GB Boxing and Lancashire Cricket women’s team, as well as events with the Lawn tennis association. Her clinical bases are in Manchester (Orthteam) and HCA The Christie, as well as UK Sports Institute. Outside of work she has competed at international level, for GB, in marathon and mountain running.
Tracey Devonport is a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton. She is registered as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council and accredited with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) for scientific support (Psychology). Over the last ten years, she has undertaken and published research on the psychology of eating and weight management. In particular, she is interested in applied research with a focus on intervention development and delivery. To date, she has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, three books, and 22 book chapters. She was an amateur kickboxer for a number of years, who was exceptionally good at blocking with her face.
Dr Joanne Banks is a Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon at The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals, where she specialises in knee surgery and in particular arthroscopic/sports injuries. She is a Fellow the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and passed the intercollegiate exam in Orthopaedics and Trauma (FRCS Tr & Orth) in 2008, gaining entry to the specialist register in orthopaedics in February 2009. Dr Banks is a member of the British Medical Association, British Orthopaedic Association, British Association for Surgery of the Knee, and of the 2020 Group which is a national group of specialist knee surgeons. She is an Educational Supervisor for the higher surgical trainees in the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Hospitals and organises the Medical Student orthopaedic teaching programme. She regularly teaches Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Life Support, and Basic Surgical Skills around the country. In addition, she is a member of the event medical team for the British Judo Association and has been an active member of St John Ambulance for over 20 years.
Kelly Petersen-Pollard has had a successful junior career and made the seamless transition to the senior ranks and full time GB judo. The European Junior Champion has gone on to medal at multiple Senior Grand Slam events. Kelly started judo aged 4 after attending classes at her local primary school. Kelly holds a first-class honours degree in Exercise and Health.
Steve Miller currently works across various elite sports settings and remains passionate about sharing his unique skillset and experiences. Steve represented Newcastle Falcons Rugby Union 1st Team managing players in their Premiership Squad, 2014-2020. He currently works in a rehabilitation specialist role for British Judo, British Gymnastics & the Lawn Tennis Association.



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January 20
9:30 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0
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British Judo Olympic and Paralympic National Training Centre
British Judo Olympic and Paralympic National Training Centre, University of Wolverhampton
Broadway, Walsall WS1 3EZ United Kingdom
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