Our annual SPARC conference returns to Birmingham this October after a busy summer hosting Team Scotland during the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Dr John Fernandes is a lecturer in sport and exercise sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University
Daniel Ransom provides sports psychology support to players, parents and academy staff in professional football
The fourth edition of SPARC takes place on Monday 24th October in the heart of Birmingham at our Moss House Sports Campus. The speakers we have lined up for you will provide a comprehensive coverage of the dynamic and everchanging world of elite sport performance and rehabilitation.
Among the speakers will be Dr John Fernandes, lecturer in sport and exercise sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University. John has published a range of articles in this field, including topics covering team selection in national youth basketball players, sled training loads in soccer players, ageing and recovery after resistance-exercise-induced muscle damage and strength and power characteristics in elite rugby league players.
Also speaking will be Daniel Ransom, who provides sports psychology support to players, parents and academy staff in professional football. Working with coaches, he supports the development of psychological skills and qualities and is currently conducting academic research into how environment influences development of young performers. Daniel has also worked with senior coaches and players in Premiership Rugby Union.
Troy Douglin is an advanced practice physiotherapist who specialises in sports injuries
Nico Kolokythas has over 20 years’ experience in the athletic development of the adolescent in elite performance
The third speaker in our SPARC line-up is Nico Kolokythas, who has over 20 years’ experience in the athletic development of the adolescent in elite performance. He has a PhD in injuries and the adolescent ballet dancer and also works as a consultant for Birmingham Royal Ballet. A regular writer/contributor for One Dance UK’s magazine, Nico is a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and Bern University.
Next is Troy Douglin, an advanced practice physiotherapist who specialises in sports Injuries, completing a National Institute of Health Research Internship in Digital Health Implementation and postgraduate certificate in Healthcare Data and Informatics at the University of Cambridge. Currently working for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and University of Wolverhampton, he also worked for England FA, Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy and Wasps.
Freja Petrie is a PhD student from Swansea University whose specialist subject is mild traumatic brain injury in female rugby union players
Dr Lisa Hyland is committed to making physical activity accessible for all and passionate about preventative healthcare
This year SPARC takes place on Monday, 24th October
Also on the bill is Freja Petrie, a PhD student from Swansea University whose specialist subject is mild traumatic brain injury in female rugby union players. Her mixed-methods PhD uses instrumented mouthguards and neck strength testing to investigate head impact mechanisms in women’s rugby. Delegates will be able to learn about gender differences in head injuries in rugby union through a qualitative study of concussion experiences in players.
Committed to making physical activity accessible for all and passionate about preventative healthcare, Dr Lisa Hyland is a final year registrar in sports and exercise medicine working at the Birmingham Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and Shropshire Orthopaedic Outreach Service. She provides match day cover to Aston Villa Women's FC and was part of Team Wales medical team at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Our speakers will deliver on all areas of sport science with psychology, nutrition, physiology, therapy, biomechanics, and physiotherapy... so don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
The event will run from 9:30am – 4pm, with refreshments and buffet lunch included.