Rehabilitation in elite sport: looking beyond the numbers


Dan Lewindon

The impact of injury on an elite athlete is huge, and can have significant effects on the athlete, the team and even the population at large. Consequently, the rehabilitation from such injuries is hugely challenging - it can present unique problems in managing multiple external stakeholders with differing pressures and priorities. This presentation will explore the topic from several angles. It will propose a systematic and evidence based approach to the strategic principles, organisation, delivery and decision making of a successful programme, including examples and solutions to bring basic concepts to life. It will also look at some of the wider issues seen when working in modern sport, such as effective communication and relationship management between the inter-disciplinary team, the athlete, and also external practitioners, which whilst less frequently discussed, forms a significant part of rehab delivery in elite sport. BIO: Dan graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Nottingham University in 2000, and following several years in the NHS he joined Northampton Saints RFC. In 2009 Dan was appointed senior team physiotherapist for England Rugby, where he worked for seven years and was responsible for the senior team’s recovery, prevention and rehabilitation strategies. In July 2016 Dan was appointed Head of Performance Science and Medicine for British Tennis. Dan has an MSc in Sports Medicine, an MSc in Exercise Science and is editor and contributing author to “High Performance Training for Sports” and “Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation”.