IPRS Mediquipe hosted their renowned Isokinetic Clinical User Day at St George’s Park, the Football Association’s National Football Centre, in Burton Upon Trent, at the beginning of this month - a busy week for the Football Centre as the England Football Senior Women’s Week was also taking place. Clinical delegates travelled from the UK and Ireland to attend this exclusive learning Day…
IPRS Mediquipe (part of the IPRS Group) are the sole distributors of Biodex functional rehabilitation equipment, who’s head office is based at Little Blakenham, Suffolk. IPRS Mediquipe hosted the event at St George’s Park’s top of the range facilities, to allow delegates - who mainly consist of Elite Sports Science & Medicine specialists, University professors, NHS, private hospital and clinic physiotherapists - to reap the benefits of 60-plus years combined clinical experience, as guest lecturers shared their knowledge and experience in utilising the Biodex Isokinetic System in the clinical and sports science arenas.
IPRS Mediquipe (part of the IPRS Group), who’s head office is based at Little Blakenham, Suffolk, are the sole distributors of Biodex functional rehabilitation equipment in the UK and Ireland. Isokinetic exercise is a type of strength training and uses equipment that produces a constant speed no matter how much energy you expend. The pace of an exercise is controlled by fluctuating resistance throughout your range of motion. The Biodex equipment provides statistics and charts to aid monitoring performance and trends and allows users to interpret and tailor exercise programmes in each individual case. This is used in elite sport for pre-season testing, signing of new players, and in rehabilitation in sport, NHS and private hospitals and practices. The event used St George’s Park’s top of the range facilities, to allow delegates to reap the benefits of 60-plus years combined clinical experience, as guest lecturers shared their knowledge and experience in utilising the Biodex Isokinetic System in the clinical and sports science arenas.
The day consisted of a morning of lectures from top guest speakers - isokinetic users in the same fields at those attending - hospital arena, elite sports specialists and a Professor from Edge Hill University. Delegates enjoyed a tour of the facilities and finished the day with a hands-on workshop on both the Biodex Isokinetic System for assessment and rehabilitation, and the Biodex Balance SD for concussion management, with demonstrations led by delegates questions on the day. Limited to 50 delegate spaces, it was an intimate and personalised learning experience, with many delegates returning from previous events.
A prevalent message from one of the key users was that the Biodex Isokinetic System shouldn’t be ‘shoved in a corner collecting dust’… “In order to incorporate the isokinetic unit into the overall rehabilitation programme it is essential in my view that it is positioned within the gym environment and not kept in a small room for isolated testing. This often leads to the unit being underutilised and seen purely as a testing tool.” Elite football physiotherapist.
John Milroy, IPRS Mediquipe’s Managing Director said: “IPRS Mediquipe were pleased to host their annual Isokinetic event at St George’s Park (SGP) this year - As users of Biodex equipment themselves, we were able to utilise SGP’s equipment for this exclusive clinical day. We are very grateful for SGP’s hospitality, and pleased how well the day went. It was particularly pleasing to see the interaction between practitioners and academics, and the participation by delegates in the learning process. As we aim to enable users to make better use of the Biodex equipment.”
Even the most experienced Isokinetic Users were able to leave taking something with them:
“Thank you once again for inviting me to be involved with the IPRS isokinetic study day. I really do enjoy these days, both socially and clinically, and always come away learning something from either one of the other speakers or an interesting question from one of the delegates. Also, you and your staff put a lot of time and effort into preparing and delivering the day it makes it easy for the lecturing team to concentrate on presenting.” Dave Fevre, independent Sports Science Specialist and Teaching Faculty for both RFL/FA, and guest speaker on the day.
Guest Speakers for the day:
Dave Fevre MSc MCSP SRP Freelance Consultant. Teaching faculty for both RFL/FAJane Campbell, Physiotherapy Manager MClinRes, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MISCP from Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny
James Evans, Sports Therapist & Luke Jenkinson, Head of Academy both from Derby County Football Club
Professor Matt Greig, Edge Hill University