Clinicians from University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust will be speaking at a leading sports medicine conference in Brighton today.
The British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) is the largest multidisciplinary sports medicine organisation in the UK, offering full membership to medical practitioners and allied professionals.
A key part of BASEM’s remit is supporting the education and career development of healthcare professionals in all aspects of sports and exercise medicine including students, specialists and all those with an interest in the subject.
The BASEM annual conference has been taking place at The Grand Hotel yesterday and continues today. It aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and clinicians to exchange and share their experiences and research results in elite sport and sport and exercise medicine.
Delegates have also been discussing how Elite Sport was affected during the COVID19 and how the crisis was handled.
They have also been looking at pre-hospital Medicine and the delivery of emergency care at sports events such as the marathon from the medical team of Brighton Marathon.
Dr Luke Hodgson, from University Hospitals Sussex (UHSussex), is part of the Brighton Marathon Research Group (BMRG), a partnership between University of Brighton, International Olympic Committee member, Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, UHSussex and the Military.
During the Brighton Marathon in April, they conducted a study into life-threatening hyperthermia and heat illness in marathon runners. Nearly 100 volunteer athletes took part in the study during the Brighton race.
Today Luke will be chairing a session that will look at Event Medicine, entitled ‘The non-sexy side of pre-hospital care: Lessons from the host city Brighton Marathon medical team and Amex Stadium medical team.
Dr Rob Galloway and Dr Carrie Weller, both of UHSussex, will be speaking about what it takes to create an outstanding medical team and how to manage pre-hospital events.
The session will also look at other outcomes from the Brighton Marathon, including how to organise research during clinical care in event medicine, with Dr Rachael Grimaldi, of UHSussex, being the main speaker.
The Brighton Marathon Research Group will also talk about their work with Covid patients and how look at their recovery was aided with a remote adaptive rehabilitation pathway supported by smart watches.
Further insight from the Brighton Marathon will look at what causes serious illness in marathon runners.
The Brighton Marathon is held annually and aside from the research teams more than 150 volunteers form the Trust ensure the event can take place.