Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a goal

Mark Leather, a lecturer in sport and physical activity at Edge Hill has worked as a physiotherapist in professional football for 20 years. He was quoted recently in the article ‘Can Football cause Dementia’ in the Times newspaper. He is also one of the speakers at ‘Sports, Rehabilitation and Brain Injury’ – the first conference of its kind in the UK which takes place at Edge Hill University in the Faculty of Health.

Professors and Doctors in the field of Sports and Brain Injury are heading to Edge Hill University to take part in a unique conference. Organised by the University’s Faculty of Health and Neurosupport, Sport and Brain Injury promises to present the latest in research into brain injury, its treatment and how sport can aid in the rehabilitation process.

Aimed at medics, health care professionals, sports therapists, sports managers, coaches, former patients and carers, and students of sport science, Sport and Brain Injury will take place on 19 February 2009 at Edge Hill’s Faculty of Health state-of-the-art lecture facilities.

Brain injury can occur readily in today’s high-impact, fast-paced sports such as football and rugby. Chelsea football club have recently experienced the injuries of goalkeepers Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini and defender John Terry, Chelsea and England captain had to be resuscitated after suffering head injury in a high profile match.

Neurosupport is a charity based in Liverpool which gives advice and support to people who suffer from a wide range of neurological conditions.

Neurosupport manager, Maureen Kelly said: ‘We are proud to be working with Edge Hill on this conference. The day promises to be an informative look at brain injury in sport-with presentations by nationally recognised Champions in the field of Sports and Brain Injury.’

Speakers from the Walton Centre for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Edge Hill University, Liverpool John Moores University, the English Institute of Sport, University Hospital Hartlepool, Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust, and Loughborough University will take part-covering a wide range of topics, from possible links between Alzheimer’s Disease and football, injuries caused in the boxing ring, to how dehydration when training can effect brain function. There will also be a presentations from individuals who have suffered brain injury and have used sport and exercise as part of their rehabilitation process.

Seth Crofts, Dean of Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Health said: ‘As modern day sports men and women become fitter and stronger, the chances of suffering severe injury increase. We hope this conference will show not only what effective treatments are available but how sport itself can aid the rehabilitation process.’

Delegates can book by emailing or telephone 01695 650 738 for more information.

For more information on Neurosupport email or telephone 0151 298 3281.

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