Sept 15 2018
Royal College of Surgeons, DUBLIN


FSEM Annual Scientific Conference in partnership with ISCP and ARTI

Research driven, Global experience

Inclusive, multi disciplinary, world leading science

We have made a shift this year, given the number of events in Dublin including European Conference of Sports Science, and World Congress of Biomechanics, and focussed on a really impressive line up of speakers but condensed the program into one day. We are offering first come, first served, workshops to start the day and reflecting on Ireland’s strong history of oratory and medicine a new opportunity for the best 5 abstract submissions to present in the College Hall in the “Coire Sois” to close the event.

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At this years event we will pioneer the Coire Sois or Cauldron of knowledge. Based on Irelands fine tradition of scientific discourse, we will invite the top 5 abstract submission authors, to run the challenge of an intimate presentation in College Hall to a packed house of colleagues. There will be limited seating available, and we encourage early residence, for this new tradition. Fine wine will be served during the session, in a both convivial and critical and engaged audience of learned colleagues. We hope this will become the pinnacle of the conference and an event in itself, with the very best research presented to close the event. Submissions are open and the winner will receive the "Coire" and a cash prize awarded by the Faculty.

Delegates who are registered for the conference can choose one of 6 Early Bird workshops at 0700 on the day of the event. You can only book for one workshop and they are strictly on a 1st come 1st served basis. There is no current provision for a waiting list but there may be if capacity exceeds early
5 early morning workshops on the day included in registration fee

  • Rehabilitation of Shoulder Instability with Martin Asker
  • Ultrasound Examination of the Shoulder with Stuart Wildman
  • Assessment of the Shoulder post stabilisation with Edel Fanning
  • Training Power in the Shoulder with Nick Grantham
  • Examination of the Shoulder with Mr Harnnan Mullett

“Coire Sois” The Cauldron of knowledge
Advances in Medicine in Ireland have proved instrumental in the world. Robert Boyle who, in the 17th century, established Boyle’s law, Ernest Walton was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951 along with his colleague John Cockcroft as they were the first scientists to artificially split the atom in 1932. Frank Pantridge, a physician and cardiologist born in Co Down in 1916 was the first to identify defibrillation for cardiac arrhythmia and arrest, and more recently in 1940 Vincent Barry discovered B663 the treatment for leprosy. Irish researchers are currently ranked among the top 1% on a global scale, with Ireland ranking ninth place overall on the most recent Thomson Reuters InCites global scientific rankings. This strong tradition of scientific discourse takes pride of place in the FSEM Conference with the selected top five abstracts will be presented in the seat of learning itself, College Hall at the Royal College of Surgeons, with a packed audience being served the finest wine whilst taking in the detail and continuing the debate.








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John Doe

Nick Grantham

Performance Enchancement Coach, author of Strenght and Conditioning Bible

Nick Grantham is a specialist in athletic preparation and has a wealth of knowledge in the physical preparation and injury rehabilitation of high performance athletes. 

Nick’s first job was as head of sport science for British Gymnastics at Lilleshall Sports Injury and Human Performance Centre. In 2001, Nick moved from gymnastics to England Netball, to work in one of the first full-time strength and conditioning roles in high-performance UK sport. Two years later, he became one of the first strength and conditioning coaches to work for the English Institute of Sport, leading its West Midlands team across three sites. 

Travelling extensively in support of teams at major championships and on international tours, Nick has gained unrivalled access to leading high-performance facilities around the world, including: New Zealand Rugby, England Rugby, Wales Rugby, Manchester City, the US Olympic Training Centre, UFC Hight Performance Centre and even the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Cirque du Soleil.   

Leaving the English Institute of Sport in 2007, Nick established himself as a Performance Enhancement Specialist working with the Chinese National Football team, the RFU, Great Britain’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, Championship and Premiership football teams. Nick has worked with athletes who have competed at four Olympics and has a Performance Consultant for Nike and is currently working with Trek Factory Downhill Mountain Bike Team.

A sought-after expert on strength and conditioning, Nick has featured in leading publications such as: Men's Health and Men's Fitness. Nick is a best selling author and his first book, You're Hired: an insiders guide to becoming a strength and conditioning coach, tackles the biggest problem faced by aspiring strength and conditioning coaches, breaking into the profession and forging a successful career.

As an international speaker on the physical preparation of elite athletes, Nick has also delivered workshops for the Football Association, British Olympic Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

John Doe

Martin Asker

MSc, PhD-candidate

Martin is a sports medicine therapist specialised in shoulders and biomechanics. He has worked with different elite European handball teams since 2000 and for the last 12 years with a special focus on youth and adolescent elite players. He works part time as clinical lead at a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic in Stockholm, Sweden mainly seeing shoulder related problems and part time as a PhD-candidate at the Musculoskeletal & Sports injury Epidemiology Center (MUSIC) at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. The overall aim of his PhD project is to deepen the knowledge in shoulder function in elite adolescent handball players and the specific aim is to investigate risk factors for, and prevention of shoulder injuries in such population. He also has a special interest throwing biomechanics and its relationship to throwing performance and injuries. Martin is also a board member of the Medical Committee of the Swedish Handball Federation and part of the medical team of the Swedish youth-16 national handball team.

John Doe

Edel Fanning

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Clinician and PHD Student

Edel is a chartered physiotherapist and leads the upper limb rehabilitation service at the Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin. Prior to working in Dublin, she worked as a Shoulder Specialist Physiotherapist for a number of years in the UK National Health Service. She has presented at both national and international conferences on rehabilitation of the shoulder. Edel has a keen interest in shoulder biomechanics, the sporting shoulder and injury prevention and works with elite athletes from a wide range of sporting disciplines. She is currently completing her PhD at the University College Cork under the mentorship of Dr Eanna Flavey and Professor Ann Cools, investigating the use of return to play criteria post glenohumeral joint stabilisation. Her work explores the role of 3D biomechanics and the use of novel upper limb functional tests in assisting return to play decision making post shoulder reconstruction in contact athletes.

John Doe

Hannan Mullett

Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon, Sports Surgery Clinic

Hannan specialises in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder. He routinely treats elite and professional athletes, with particular interest in shoulder injuries in Rugby and contact sports. He is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Sports Surgery Clinic, Beaumont Hospital, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital and Blackrock clinic since 2005.

He is a founder member of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow society . He is an honorary senior lecturer at the RCSI.

He is involved in a number of research projects and regularly teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate medical, sports therapy and sports medicine students. Hannan lectures nationally and internationally on Shoulder Surgery. He is published widely in medical journals and a member of many international and national professional organizations including the American Shoulder & Elbow surgery Society, European Shoulder & Elbow Society and British Shoulder & Elbow Society. He is the national delegate for Ireland for the european shoulder and elbow society.

John Doe

Andrew Wallace

Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon, Fortius Clinic, London

Andrew Wallace graduated from medical school at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in 1987 followed by postgraduate research in bone healing leading to a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He returned to Sydney to complete his orthopaedic training, followed by fellowships in shoulder surgery in Sydney and in Calgary, Canada. Whilst in Canada he developed an interest in basic science aspects of soft tissue healing, and the relationship of shoulder instability to arthritis. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Surgery at Imperial College London in 1999 and worked in the NHS as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary's Hospital.

His major clinical interest is in the field of shoulder surgery, particularly the development of arthroscopic techniques for minimally-invasive reconstruction. In addition to an interest in sports injuries he also undertakes shoulder joint replacement. He is the principal orthopaedic shoulder surgeon to professional rugby clubs in the south of England and to the English Rugby Football Union, and has treated elite athletes from Premiership and European football clubs, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Board of Cricket Control for India, the British Olympic Association, the British Judo Association and the English Institute of Sport.

He has published widely on the biology and mechanics of soft connective tissues, particularly ligament and tendon, and development of novel methods of joint stabilisation for prevention of degenerative joint disease. 
In 2002 he was the Travelling Fellow of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow to the USA, and is an active member of that society, the British Elbow and Shoulder Society and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

In 2003 he established the Watanabe Club, a group of shoulder arthroscopists dedicated to the promotion and teaching of arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Through this initiative, the faculty (now numbering 40 colleagues) have run more than 50 courses throughout the UK and trained over 1200 surgeons in fundamental skills and techniques. In 2009 he was elected to Membership of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in the United Kingdom, and also elected to Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is one of the founders of the Fortius Clinic in London, established in 2011, which is the largest single provider of specialist musculoskeletal services in the United Kingdom. In 2012 he was selected as the lead shoulder surgeon for the London Olympic Games. Over the last 20 years, he has treated over 18,000 patients in private practice and annually performs approximately 400 operative procedures.

John Doe

Dr Eanna Falvey

Consultant Sports Physician and Team Doctor British and Irish Lions

Dr. Falvey has been involved in team coverage for Hurling, Football, Boxing, Rugby and Australian Rules football at elite levels. Dr. Falvey graduated from University College Cork School of Medicine before working clinically and researching at the Department of Rheumatology, Sports and Exercise Medicine in Cork University Hospital. He undertook a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne and completed a PhD at University College Cork.

He was appointed the Director of Sports Medicine at the Sports Surgery Clinic in 2008. He is heavily involved in the clinical research programme and is also clinically active there on a weekly basis.

He was the Irish Senior Rugby Team Doctor from 2009 spanning the Rugby World Cups of 2011 and 2015. He was Doctor to the successful British & Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013, and was Doctor with Munster Rugby for 4 years from 2003–07 including the inaugural Heineken Cup win in 2006. He was the Irish Amateur Boxing Association High Performance Unit Physician from 2009–2016 during a period of unrivalled success for Irish boxing.

He is an active member of the Irish sports medicine community. He is a member of the IRFU Medical Advisory Committee, a board member of the Faculty of Sports Medicine and is a member of the IRB Pitch Side Concussion Assessment (PSCA) working group.

Dr Falvey is Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine at University College Cork, where a new generation of sports and exercise medicine practitioners are being trained.

Having worked in professional and elite sport for more than a decade, as a former international amateur boxer Dr. Falvey brings personal experience of competition – failure, injury and success – to match a unique clinical skill-set.

As a clinician researcher Dr. Falvey has worked, and collaborated with, some of the leading names in world sports medicine. His research output over the last decade has included a textbook, numerous book chapters and over 30 peer-reviewed publications. His work is continuously informed by research, ensuring patients receive elite-level care while avoiding non-evidence-based practice.

John Doe

Stuart Wildman

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Ultrasonographer

Stuart works as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist and MSK Sonographer in the NHS. Over the past 3 years he has embraced digital innovation and initially founded The Ultrasound Site Ltd ( , a free access diagnostic MSK ultrasound website. This led him to a new start up in the form of a smartphone application called SonoMentor. At its launch in February 2016 it received over 1000 downloads, it is now undergoing further development work. Through the The Ultrasound Site, he organises and teaches on regular educational training courses on diagnostic MSK ultrasound and MSK guided injections in London.
Working as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist working in the NHS in London requesting imaging. He performs ultrasound guided steroid injections. MSK Sonographer with a PG Cert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at Canterbury Christchurch University, and is using this daily within his practice to enhance clinical decision making and also to assist with guided injections. Stuart graduated from The University of Southampton in 2003, and has completed an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at The University of Hertfordshire in 2012. He is MMACP qualified and has also undertaken post-graduate training in MSK imaging. He has been working as an ESP for five years in London. Stuart is a member of the executive committee of two professional networks at The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, EPADU (Electrophysical agents and Diagnostic ultrasound) and ACPOMIT (The Association for Chartered Physiotherapists with an interest in Orthopaedic Medicine and Injection Therapy).

John Doe

Paula Leudewig

Post Doctoral Physical therapis and Biomechanist

Paula Ludewig is a Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota. She received her MA in Physical Therapy and PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa. Her topic of research and teaching expertise are in the area of orthopaedic biomechanics, with particular interest in mechanisms of injury and rehabilitation approaches for the shoulder. She has published numerous papers in international journals and also also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 

She is a leading expert in her field. In 2015, Professor Ludewig was awarded the Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) - the highest honor bestowed by the APTA. 

Her most recent research is looking to improve the treatment of shoulder injury through better understanding of injury mechanisms as well as more accurate diagnosis through the development of clinical protocols that can aid physicians and healthcare professionals. 

John Doe

Seán Kevin O'Brien

Irish Professional Rugby Union Player

Seán Kevin O'Brien (born 14 February 1987) is an Irish professional rugby union player and keen farmer from Carlow, Ireland. He plays provincial rugby for Leinster and club rugby for UCD. Alongside representing Ireland, O'Brien has also represented the British and Irish Lions. Many pundits, coaches and fans have touted him as one of the best players in the world of his generation having been one of Leinster and Ireland's most consistent standout performers over the past number of years. He is known as the "Tullow Tank" by Irish fans everywhere.
He is known for his barging runs, and ball carrying, with the IRB's Rugby News Service describing him as 'a rampaging ball of destruction [2] He is also known for his speed, counter rucking, and defensive tackling. O'Brien is comfortable playing across the back row but has played most frequently at openside flanker for club and country.
He was selected to play for the British and Irish Lions for their 2013 tour to Australia and their 2017 tour to New Zealand. He made 1 test start in 2013 and started all 3 tests against the All Blacks in 2017.

Abstract Submission

To be considered eligible all abstracts must:
  • Be unpublished original work and not previously presented.
  • The abstract must not be identical to any that has been previously published.
  • Be submitted in English.

Categories for submission are:
  • A. Case Reports
  • B. Sports Science
  • C. Surgical Management
  • D. Rehabilitation
  • E. Injury Prevention

Submission closed strictly by 1400 on 31 July 2018

When submitting your abstract please ensure:
  • It is submitted in pdf format
  • It is under the 400 word limit (excluding title).
  • Ensure it contains the following headings: 
    • Introduction should reflect a rationale / why you did this work. If applicable state the main purpose etc;
    • Methods should be a brief explanation of what was done and how it was done. This may include design, participants, data collection or a brief explanation of what you did or protocol used if a systematic review.
    • Results describing the main findings or outcomes and include data. Do not submit an abstract based on data yet to be collected or analysed.
    • Discussion defines what the results mean in terms of the background knowledge or practice.  Compare and contrast with the current evidence or context.
  • Include a maximum of 4 references
  • Abstracts will not be eligible if no results are presented.

Return to Play – The Shoulder / 15th September 2018 / RCSI

Ultrasound Examination and Injection of the Shoulder (60 minutes)
Tutorial Room #1


Training Strength and Power in the Shoulder (60 minutes)
Tutorial Room #2


Rehabilitation of the Overhead Athlete (60 minutes)
Tutorial Room #3


Examination of the Shoulder (60 minutes)
Tutorial Room #4


Return to Play post Shoulder Stabilisation (60 minutes)
Tutorial Room #5



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Post Conference Workshops

Diagnostic Ultrasound

We are delighted to offer in partnership with The Ultrasound site a Two Day Introductory Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course on Friday 16th and Sunday 16th September based at the Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin.

This highly practical two day introductory musculoskeletal ultrasound course is designed by clinicians working in MSK point of care and Radiology settings and is tailored to specifically meet the needs of health and medical professionals looking to develop their clinical skills utilising diagnostic ultrasound. The course aims to enhance clinicians’ understanding and awareness of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and how it will change your practice. Run by highly experienced Extended Scope Physiotherapists/ MSK Sonographers who have been using musculoskeletal ultrasound in an outpatient MSK department for the past 8 years and also working in Radiology MSK diagnostic and interventional lists.
This course provides a fantastic learning opportunity, using numerous case study examples. Ideal for beginners or those with limited scanning experience. Our courses have a high tutor and scanner to student ratios (Often maximum 3 per system), meaning you will benefit from more time scanning and have close support from our tutors whilst you scan.
The course includes scanning of all peripheral joints including short lectures on topics including basic physics, pathology case studies, integrating ultrasound into clinical practice, overview of clinical governance and regulation, presenting a business case for ultrasound, an introduction on ultrasound guided injections and appraising ultrasound as a diagnostic tool.

This course is suitable for allied health or medical professionals who:
* Have experience of working with patients with musculoskeletal injuries or complaints.
* Are employed in a professional environment that enables you to utilise this within your practice in the future.
* Relevant medical or allied health professional experience or qualifications.
* Current registration with the relevant professional body eg IMC, ISCP, HCPC or GMC, or foreign equivalent.


Developing adolescent athletes for long term success
Nick Grantham, Sundey 16th September
Details coming soon!

Conference Gala Dinner

It is traditional to welcome our delegates to a Gala Conference dinner on close , and this year is no exception. Hosted at the famousThe Hibernian Club, 9 St Stephens Green, join us for a formal end to your Conference with fine dining and wine.

*additional fee applies


We have 3 different opportunities for sponsors at this years conference in a model for future years

Option A : Lecture naming
This package allows for the naming of a speakers lecture “ The Company name Lecture” - the Company title will be displayed prior to the lecture and in addition to this opportunity, the Conference will offer a stand space in the Poster display and Coffee break hall and a 1/4 page advertisement in the Conference program. The sponsors logos will be displayed on the conference website as soon as a committee is made regarding sponsor with direct links.

Option B : Conference Stand
This package suits a smaller advertising budget and will allow for a stand to be displayed and manned in the Poster display and Coffee break Hall and a 1/4 page advertisement in the Conference program. The sponsors logos will be displayed on the conference website as soon as a committee is made regarding sponsor with direct links.

Option C : Lanyard Sponsorship
This package allows your company to brand our delegate badges and lanyards with your company design - often used post conference these all a lasting impression to be made the Conference will offer a complimentary stand space in the Poster display and Coffee break hall and a 1/4 page advertisement in the Conference program. The sponsors logos will be displayed on the conference website as soon as a committee is made regarding sponsor with direct links..