Prof. Ron Maughan

Ron Maughan obtained his BSc (Physiology) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and was based in the Medical School there for almost 25 years before moving to England. He is now Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine at St Andrews University.

He spent much of his career trying to understand the physiological responses to exercise and the nature of fatigue, but has included many digressions along the way.

He chairs the Nutrition Working Group of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He is a director of the IOC Diploma programs in Sports Nutrition, Sports Medicine, and Sports Physical Therapies.

Prof. Jiri Dvorak

Jiří Dvořák, a Professor of Neurology at the University of Zurich, Senior Consultant in Neurology at the Schulthess Clinic Spine Center in Zurich and former Chief Medical Officer to FIFA. He is a Senior Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Deputy Editor of SPINE, is widely published with 425 original articles and 48 books in different languages (Web of science H-index 73, Google scholar 110). He has contributed to Spine Research with original papers on clinical biomechanics of spine and neurophysiology, in particular establishing the Multimodal Intraoperative Monitoring as a routine procedure for all demanding spine surgeries in his institution. His current research activities are focused on prevention of injuries, in particular head injuries, including concussion and of communicable and non-communicable diseases. He combine his expertise on Spine and Sport Medicine. As FIFA Chief Medical Officer he was in charge for the medical organisation of the past 6 FIFA World Cups. He has received numerous awards for his research work on the spine and sport.

Dr. Dave Clark

Dr Dave Clark has worked in high performance sport for over 20 years’, as an S&C coach, sports scientist and performance manager. He is a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moore’s University teaching on the strength and conditioning MSc.

He has served as national team fitness coach for both the Springboks and Welsh National Rugby Teams. He spent 13 years at Sportscotland Institute of Sport as Head of S&C where he supported athletes that performed and medaled at summer and winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and European Championship. This experience exposed him to a range of sports and events including; track sprint cycling, canoe slalom, hockey, curling, swimming, badminton, judo, alpine skiing, squash, football, golf, sailing and various athletics disciplines. More recently, he managed the Fitness department within the professional game at the Irish Rugby Football Union. They were crowned Six Nations Champions on two occasions during his tenure. His PhD research was in neuromuscular physiology, investigating trunk muscle activation in variations of the back squat exercise.

Prof. Kevin Tipton

Kevin Tipton is a Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University. His research focuses on nutrition and exercise metabolism with emphasis on protein nutrition and metabolism in athletes, healthy volunteers and clinical populations, as well as nutrition support for brain injuries. He is an author of over 100 papers, book chapters and review articles. He reviews for and serves on the editorial boards of, several scientific journals. His interest in exercise science and nutrition extends to the application of the science of nutrition to athletic populations, including the military. He served on the USA National Academy of Science’s, Institute of Medicine, Committee for Military Nutrition Research. He has helped develop sports nutrition consensus statements for the IOC, FIFA, FINA and IAAF and has served on the UK Sport Nutritional Supplements Advisory Board. When not working he enjoys practicing what he preaches, at least as much as possible.

Prof. David Mottram

Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. David is the editor of the book “Drugs in Sport”, first published in 1988, now in its seventh edition. Since 2001, David has been involved in the development and delivery of medical services at major sporting events. In particular, he was a member of the LOCOG Medical Services Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with responsibility for education, training and management of the pharmacy workforce at the Games. He also worked as a member of the medical services team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Currently David is a UK Anti-Doping consultant for Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO), a member of the IOC expert group for the development of an Olympic Model Formulary and a Program Director for the IOC online education course in Drugs in Sport. He is also an academic advisor for World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) online education program: Anti-Doping Education for Medical Professionals, a component of WADA’s Anti-Doping e-Learning platform (ADeL).

Prof. Ian Needleman

Ian Needleman BDS, MSc, PhD, MRDRCS(Eng), FDSRCS(Eng), FHEA. Ian is Professor of Periodontology and Evidence-Informed Healthcare at University College London, Eastman Dental Institute, London UK. He leads the Centre for Oral Health and Performance ( which was awarded recognition by the International Olympic Committee as part of the UK Research Centre for prevention of injury and protection of athlete health in collaboration with the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. His research has been awarded prizes by the European Federation of Periodontology, Royal Society of Medicine, German Periodontal Society, German Cochrane Centre and International Association for Dental Research. He was awarded the UCL Provost’s Prize for Institutional Leadership in Public Engagement in 2017. Ian was a member of the International Olympic Committee, Scientific Committee for the 2014 Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Monaco and a Faculty member for 2017. He is a keen road and mountain runner when not injured.

Mr. Nick Livadas

Nick is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Teesside University and is the Clinical Lead at Physiotherapy Matters. His clinical experience is wide ranging in both private and public funded sectors and includes experience within professional sports medicine, occupational health, private practice and NHS services.

In 2011 he completed his MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. This led to him working as a Clinical Specialist in Physiotherapy offering triage, assessment of complex conditions and administering joint and soft tissue injections. He has a particular interest clinically in persistent pain, tendinopathy and the integration of evidence into practice.

He has fulfilled various committee roles including research officer and chairman for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with an interest in Orthopaedic Medicine & Injection Therapy (ACPOMIT). He also sits on the Professional Committee for the Charted Society of Physiotherapy offering guidance on educational and professional practice issues. In 2017 he was awarded the inaugural and prestigious award of the North East Chartered Society of Physiotherapy member of the year.

Mr. Diarmaid Brennan

Diarmaid Brennan is a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT) and Senior Rehabilitation Coordinator for Leinster Rugby.

Diarmaid joined Leinster at the start of the 2013/14 season having worked with the squad as an intern for 2012/13. He was initially appointed to the post of Academy Rehabilitation Coach, a role he held for the 2013/14 season, before being promoted to Rehabilitation Coach with the Senior squad for 2014/15 season.

He was educated in Institute of Technology, Carlow where he obtained a National Certificate in Physiology & Health Science as well as an Honours Degree in Sports Rehabilitation.

After graduation he established his own private practice in Ballyfermot, Dublin and began working with St. Patricks Athletic FC in the League of Ireland Premier Division. During this time Diarmaid completed his Masters in Football Rehabilitation from Edgehill University, graduating in 2011.

His areas of special interest are athletic development and functional performance.

Dr. Havard Moksnes

Håvard Moksnes a research associate at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC), and a sports physiotherapy clinician at the Norwegian Olympic Training Centre involved in prevention and rehabilitation programs for Olympic athletes. He has been a teacher and supervisor on the Norwegian and Italian master programs in sports physiotherapy since 2008, and is also consulting clinician for the Norwegian Football Association, the Norwegian Attacking Vikings (alpine skiing), and the Norwegian Athletics Federation. Håvard was trained as a physiotherapist in Oslo, and is currently clinical consultant at the Norwegian Sports Medicine Center. His research interests are focused around active rehabilitation and functional testing of lower extremity injuries – primarily knee and hamstring injuries. He defended his PhD thesis on the functional and radiological outcome of a non-operative treatment algorithm for skeletally immature children after ACL injury in 2013, and has written a number of papers on this and adjacent topics. In collaboration with ESSKA he is currently also involved in the initiation of the Paediatric ACL Monitoring Initiative (PAMI).

Dr. Rhodri Lloyd

Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD is a Reader in Paediatric Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University and Chair of the Youth Physical Development Centre, which offers after school strength and conditioning provision to young athletes. He also holds a research associate position with Auckland University of Technology and is a research fellow for Waikato Institute of Technology. His research interests surround the impact of growth and maturation on long-term athletic development and the neuromuscular mechanisms underpinning training adaptations in youth. Rhodri has published three books, co-editing two editions of Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and Application and co-authoring the ACSM Essentials of Youth Fitness. He is a senior associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and an associate editor for the Strength and Conditioning Journal. In 2016, he received the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award for Research and Education from the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and in 2017 was awarded the Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Dr. Stephane Bermon

Stéphane Bermon is a Sports Physician (MD) and Exercise Physiologist (PhD). He has worked with professional soccer and cycling teams, as well as professional athletes for two decades. He has been a member of the Medical and Anti Doping Commission at the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 2004 to 2015.

He still has a clinical activity at the Monaco Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery (IM2S). Stéphane is the Director of the Health and Science Department at the IAAF. His research interests have been on Exercise Immunology, but he is for several years more focusing on applied science in Athletics, which includes Endocrinology and physical performances. He has authored more than 50 articles and books.

Stéphane is a former professional snowboarder and still practices endurance sports, ski and kitesurfing.

Prof. Mike McNamee

Mike McNamee BA, MA, MA, PhD, FECSS, is Professor of Applied Ethics, and Director of the Research Institute for Ethics and Law, at Swansea University, Wales, UK. He has dual backgrounds and qualifications in both philosophy and in sports sciences. He has published several books including Sports, Virtues and Vices (Routledge, 2008) and Sport, Medicine, Ethics (Routledge, 2016), and, with Silvia Camporesi, Bioethics, Genetics, and Sport (Routledge, 2018). He is the Founding Editor of the international journal “Sport, Ethics and Philosophy (2007-17), and Co-Editor of Routledge’s “Sport Ethics” book series (1998-). His work has been funded by various national research councils and the European Commission, in topics ranging from anti doping; eating disorders in sports; ethics of innovative sports medicine; human enhancement ethics and policy. He is Programme Director of a consortium of European Universities in a new Erasmus+ funded Master Degree in Sport Ethics and Integrity. Mike has served as an expert ethicist for a number of organisations including UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Clinical Ethics and Clinical Effectiveness Committees in Wales, UK, the World Anti Doping Agency Ethics Panel, and is Chair of the Independent Ethics Committee of South Wales Police.

Prof. Barry Drust

Barry Is a Professor of Applied Exercise Physiology. Barry's main research interests is the physiology of intermittent exercise, more specifically the physiology of football (soccer). Research areas within this theme include optimising performance, effective strategies associated with training and recovery and talent development. Barry is also a applied practitioner supporting staff and players within elite football. Current roles within professional football include consultative roles with the teams within the English Premier League and the Scottish Premiership[cid:29D9843B-A602-4E23-B9D9-5939558F185A@home]. Barry also has links with other industrial partners including Nike and Catapult.