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EventsNov 3, 2023

Two CSP networks offer intriguing opportunities to learn more about 'diversity' and 'superpowers'

Sports physiotherapists and students with aspirations to work in the field are being invited to attend an online event that offers intriguing opportunities to find out more about ‘diversity’ and ‘superpowers’.

The event is being organised by two networks linked to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP): the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) (also known as physios in sport) and the DisAbility network.

The third and final event in a series being held over the autumn, it is titled ‘Artistic Sports and Performance Physiotherapy: Centre Stage’ and runs from 7-8.30pm on 29 November.

One of the two high-profile speakers is Jessica Eccles, a reader in brain-body medicine and a clinical senior lecturer in liaison psychiatry at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. The second is CSP professional adviser Pip White, who also runs her own independent physiotherapy practice and conducts medico-legal work.


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Issues of artistic sports and performance physiotherapy take centre stage this month


The ACPSEM website states that the event promises attendees a ‘thought-provoking evening on topics not often discussed, diversity and superpowers’. Tickets are priced at £12, though discounts may also be available.

Dr Eccles and Dr White will discuss issues such as working with ‘creatives and artists’ in terms of the commonly seen traits of hypermobility and neurodiversity, the advert notes.

‘Are we as sports physiotherapists aware of signs and symptoms with our populations and how do we tailor our treatments appropriately?’ would-be attendees are asked.

More about Jessica Eccles

Dr Eccles trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford and undertook combined clinical academic training in psychiatry at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Her PhD study examined the relationship between joint hypermobility, autonomic dysfunction and psychiatric symptoms.

Dr Eccles is interested in body-brain relationships in musculoskeletal (MSK) problems – and in conditions such as anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, ‘brain fog,’ and pain and fatigue in particular. 

She received a prestigious MQ Arthritis Research UK Fellowship award to conduct a randomised clinical trial of a new targeted treatment for anxiety in hypermobility and is currently working on a dysautonomia project to explore multi-model neural correlates of ‘brain fog’. 

More about Pip White

Dr White graduated in physiotherapy in 1991 and is an MSK specialist by background. She holds master’s degrees in sports injury and therapy, healthcare management and policy and healthcare law.

She has gained experience in elite sport working with swimmers and field hockey players and worked as a military physiotherapist in the Royal Air Force. More recently, Dr White has focused on how an awareness of neurodiversity can influence the delivery of physiotherapy services.

 To find out more about forthcoming courses run by ACPSEM) (also known as physios in sport), click

Author: I A McMillan
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