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Sports PhysiotherapyApr 21, 2024

Sports physiotherapist Vittoria Marin will speak at international conference on Football Medicine

Sports physiotherapist Vittoria Marin will be one of the international competitors striving to win an award for delivering the best case report at this year’s Isokinetic Conference, which is being held at Athletico Madrid’s iconic football stadium from 25-27 May.

Vittoria will present her report, titled ‘Complex three-year rehabilitation journey in a professional ballet dancer’, in a 12-minute slot in the afternoon of the opening day of the prestigious Football Medicine event in the Spanish capital.

Alessandro Compagnin, one of Vittoria's physiotherapy rehabilitation colleagues in the London-based Isokinetic team, will also be vying to win the best case report award in the same session.

With anterior cruciate ligament injuries being the bane of many athletes’ (and possibly, at times, their physiotherapists’) lives, the presentation – titled ‘Return to play after multiple, bilateral, ACL injuries and reconstructions’ – is certain to attract delegates’ interest.

Also taking part in session one of the contest finals is a third member of the London-based rehab team, rehab and performance coach Filippo Picinini, whose study is titled ‘Return to play after multiple, bilateral, ACL injuries and reconstructions’. In total, 14 professionals will attempt to win the contest, with awards being presented at a ceremony on the second day of the conference in the Civitas Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

Photo Credit: Isokinetic
Vittoria Marin, pictured adjusting a patient in a treatment room, will speak in Madrid in May


Emma Brockwell: last year's winner 

Surrey-based women’s health specialist physiotherapist Emma Brockwell won the best case report at the 2023 Isokinetic Conference, which was held last May at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. Her report was titled ‘A pelvic health physio’s role in a footballer’s return to play postpartum’.

In a post celebrating her achievement, Emma said: 'Wild! So honoured to have won Best Case Report Award ‘A pelvic health physios role in a footballers return to play postpartum! ’Thank you to @Melanie_Leupolz for letting me share her journey and the incredible team @ChelseaFCW for letting me join the MDT to support her journey. X: @emma_physiomum

Our London-based doctors and rehabilitation specialists will travel to Madrid to share their insight and understanding and learn from the best in world to take that practice into treatment back home in London [Andrea Tartaglia]

'Bridging Science and Practice'

The theme of the Isokinetic Conference 2024 is 'Bridging Science and Practice', and delegates are promised opportunities to learn about the latest advances in football medicine from the best practitioners in the world. The conference is organised in collaboration with FIFA [the International Association Football Federation].

Topics include injury prevention, through diagnosis and imaging, to surgery and rehabilitation. Knee injuries, (ACL, muscle and hamstring injuries) and regenerative medicine will feature, as well as applications from the fields of biomechanics and neuroscience.

Latin Football Sessions

This year's conference will include the Latin Football Sessions, a programme focusing on how top football clubs from Latin countries in Europe and south America translate the theoretical framework into practical applications.

Andrea Tartaglia, Isokinetic London’s managing director, said; ‘The Isokinetic Conference is a unique global event bringing together the greatest minds in football medicine. At the conference we understand the latest data and scientific research hand in hand with practical experience of dealing with patients and guiding healing and return to sport. This year we will focus on the relationship between science and day-to-day practice.

'Our London-based doctors and rehabilitation specialists will travel to Madrid to share their insight and understanding and learn from the best in world to take that practice into treatment back home in London.’

The Isokinetic London team includes three doctors with vast experience as medical directors and team doctors at European football clubs: Dr Jesus Olmoa, formerly Real Madrid’s medical director, Dr Matthew Stride, formerly Brentford’s club doctor, and Dr Alberto Scavone, former team doctor at Italian Serie B club Modena.

The Isokinetic Conference has been running annually since 1992, and more than 2,500 delegates from 80 countries are expected to attend this year’s event. Physiotherapists will mingle with sports medicine physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, chiropractors, sports scientists, fitness coaches, athletes and students. 

There are 70 congressional sessions, 12 workshops and opportunites to take part in 150 hours of scientific discussions and debates. To see the full programme and to book a ticket, click 

To read PhysioUpdate's article on the 2023 Isokinetic Conference, click 

Author: Ian A McMillan
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