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28th March 2018

James Onate, Ewa Roos, Deborah Falla, Bart Dingenen and Richard Blagrove outside St Mary's Stadium, Southampton FC before the event.


A diverse range of world class opinion all agreed on the value of movement – movement needs to be robust to support an individual’s quality of life in an ever changing and demanding world.

Maria Stokes, Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton opened the conference and acknowledged the wide range of speakers with a shared focus on movement making a difference to people’s lives.

Deborah Falla, Professor School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, opened the keynote presentation. She presented a powerful message: people with neck pain demonstrate unique adaptations to pain. Because of these adaptations retraining must be individual if we are to manage recurrence.

Deborah illustrated the importance of the ability to vary movement and if movement becomes too consistent and lacks variation, individuals can start to breakdown - from elite level sport to those who just want to remain independent.

Ewa Roos, Professor and Head of Research, Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy, Department of Sports and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark gve the clear message movement is changing lives . After four years more than 26.000 osteoarthritis patients in Denmark have been treated with patient education and exercise therapy by certified clinicians, with reduced sick leave, reduced pain and intake of pain killers, increased gait speed, physical activity and quality of life as a result.

'exercise is good for you and relieves pain'

After coffee and networking

Assessment – biomechanics, cognitive control, choice and successful interventions

The value of evaluating preferred movement patterns, Bart Dingenen, University of Hasselt, Belgium

The Movement Evaluation Model - interpretations and application, Mark Comerford Movement Performance Solutions, Bristol, UK

Asking the movement question and sight-reading synergies; taking note of kinematic signatures through cognitive assessment Lincoln Blandford - High Performance Movement Consultant, UK

Exercise programmes for hip control to improve lower limb movement quality in recreational youth football: a proof of concept and feasibility trial, Nadine Booysen University of Southampton

Key message: Assessment matters, and the buy in from the coach, athlete, client and patient counts - we must find out what movement means to them

Then onto teaching movement

Neuromechanical approach for musculoskeletal rehabilitation: Eccentric Force Control, James Onate, Ohio State University, USA

Motor learning in rehabilitation and prevention: Alli Gokeler, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Practical applications of skill acquisition research: The importance of representing performance environments in learning environments Jamie North, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK

Top tips and take home messages from researchers, trainers and clinicians.

And finally to round of the day

Performance at elite level, in the clinical environment and the Movement movement summary

Movement and physical preparation strategies for the distance runner: Richard Blagrove, Birmingham City University

Kinetic Medial Rotation Test: Clinical relevance and practical application: Padmanaban Sekaran, Sparsh Hospital, Bangalore, India

Putting movement into the business: Paul Goss Body Logic Health, London, UK

'The Movement movement' Warrick McNeill Physioworks, London, UK

And then more fun at drinks reception in John Corbett Lounge and post match interviewnaturally, we were delighted by everybody's performance today - all about 3 points - everyone moves differently, n=1, & Movement Health matters

Worldwide appeal of movement and the movement message brought delegates from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and South America. The arena of movement is large and has a place for everyone, every discipline - there is no one approach but the clearest message of the 2 days is that movement must be championed


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