Prof. Ron Maughan

Professor Ron Maughan is Professor of Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He chaired the Human and Exercise Physiology group of the Physiological Society for 10 years, and now chairs the Sports Nutrition Working Group of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He has worked with many teams and organisations within football and other sports. He has published extensively in the scientific literature and is author or editor of a number of books on sports nutrition and exercise biochemistry. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several Journals, including the International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Experimental Physiology, the Journal of Sports Sciences, the International Journal of Sports Medicine & Nutrition.

Dr Håvard 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 Gethin Evans

Dr Gethin Evans is a Principal Lecturer within the School of Healthcare Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. Gethin received his Undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Aberdeen in 2004 before completing his Doctoral studies at Loughborough University in 2007 under the supervision of Dr Susan Shirreffs and Professor Ron Maughan. Gethin currently leads the Nutritional Physiology research group within the Centre for Biomedicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research focusses on four main areas: the metabolic effects of simple sugar ingestion, the regulation of gastrointestinal function with links to appetite, the use of nutritional supplements to enhance gastrointestinal function during exercise and post-exercise rehydration. In addition to teaching and research activities, Gethin is currently the School of Healthcare Science Health & Safety co-ordinator and deputy chair of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Ethics and Governance Committee.

Mr David Clark

Dave Clark is a performance manager with over 20 years’ experience as S&C coach, sports scientist and manager in high performance sport. He is currently working on his PhD and lecturing in the Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Stirling. He has served as national team fitness coach for both the Springboks and Welsh National Rugby Teams. He spent 13 years at the 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 is in neuromuscular physiology and measurement of trunk muscle activation in variation of the back squat exercise.

Dr Paul Catterson

Dr Paul Catterson works closely with Rafa Benítez and the coaching staff in his capacity as club doctor. Dr Catterson heads up the club's medical department, which includes Newcastle United's team of physios, sports scientists and masseurs. Originally from Merseyside, he graduated from medicine at Newcastle University in 1999 and after working as an emergency medicine consultant, he began working full time in elite sport in 2009. As well as Newcastle United, Dr Catterson has previously worked for the Football Association as team doctor for England Futsal, England U17, England U16 and at the World University Games with the Great Britain University Football Team. He also worked at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and has been a medical officer at the Great North Run.

Dr Fiona Wilson

Dr Fiona Wilson BSC, MSc, MA, PhD, MISCP is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.

She has 30 years postgraduate experience and has worked in practice in the UK, South Africa and Ireland.

She practices clinically specializing in exercise approaches to management. She has worked with elite and international athletes throughout her career and was Lead Physiotherapist for Rowing Ireland for 10 years. She has published and presented widely in the area of sports and exercise including a book examining the role of exercise in musculoskeletal disorders.

She is active in research in the area of sport and exercise medicine with a special focus on rowing and back pain and in athlete brain health with Leinster Rugby and Rugby Players Ireland. She is also researching the effect of exercise interventions in the management of arthritis and chronic joint disorders.

She is editorial board member for a number of leading Sports Medicine Journals including the British Journal of Sports Medicine and was awarded a Cochrane Fellowship in 2012. She was awarded international colours for rowing as a member of the South African team.

Mr Nick Livadas

Nick Livadas Bsc (Hons) MSc MCSP 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.

Professor Neil Walsh

Neil is Director of the Extremes Research Group at Bangor University. His team has produced leading research on: nutritional strategies to avoid immune suppression and infection; practical strategies to acclimate to the heat; and, new techniques for non-invasive biomonitoring of athletes and soldiers. This work has influenced UK military policy by showing the benefits of preventing nutritional deficits in soldiers for both immune health and physical performance.

Neil has published widely in international journals, co-authored a textbook in Exercise Immunology and led a highly cited consensus statement on exercise and immunity in 2011. More recently, Neil has co-authored consensus statements on ‘dietary supplements and the high performance athlete’ for the International Olympic Committee and ‘immunonutrition and exercise’ for the International Society of Exercise Immunology.

He currently serves on the editorial board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Exercise Immunology Review and has previously served as Physiology editor for Journal of Sports Sciences.

Neil frequently provides education and training for staff at world-leading sports teams and organisations.

Dr. Debbie Palmer

Dr Palmer is a researcher and lecturer in sports injury and illness epidemiology and prevention. Her areas of research interest are athlete health, elite athlete injury and illness prevention, and long term consequences of injury and osteoarthritis in both elite and general sporting population. For over 12 years she has conducted research with a variety of National and International funding and governing institutions such as the World Olympians Association, English Rugby Football Union (RFU), the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), Arthritis Research UK, NHS, UK Sport, Enduro World Series (EWS) mountain biking, the English and Scottish Institutes of Sport, and Great Britain National Governing Bodies of Sport. Dr Palmer is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Research expert games group (London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020), Honorary Associate Member of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport Exercise and Osteoarthritis, and Honorary Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham.

Dr. Paul Catterson

Dr Paul Catterson works closely with Rafa Benítez and the coaching staff in his capacity as club doctor.. He heads up the club's medical department, which includes Newcastle United's team of physios, sports scientists and masseurs.

Originally from Liverpool, Paul graduated from medicine at Newcastle University in 1999 and after working as an emergency medicine consultant, he began working full time in elite sport in 2009.

As well as Newcastle United, Dr Catterson has previously worked for the Football Association as team doctor for England Futsal, England U17, England U16 and at the World University Games with the Great Britain University Football Team.

He also worked at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and has been a medical officer at the Great North Run