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30th April 2020, 14:50 | therfl

RFL offers virtual access to medical experts

RFL offers virtual access to medical experts

The RFL this week hosted the first in a series of virtual meetings that have been organised for medical professionals involved in Rugby League, in recognition of the importance of the game’s education strategy continuing despite the current lockdown.

Doug Campbell, a Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon who works extensively across sports including golf, football, cricket, gymnastics and rugby of both codes, gave the first seminar on Wednesday evening – to an audience of 78 virtual attendees.

Next Thursday (May 7), the focus switches to “The Rugby Shoulder”, with a presentation from Len Funk, a Consultant Shoulder Surgeon and Professor of Orthopaedics & Sports Science, who has worked extensively in the game from his base at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust.

Other renowned specialists who will be sharing their knowledge in May include the concussion specialist neurologist Richard Sylvester, the facial and dental specialist Abdul Dalghous, and the foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon Nick Harris.

They will be followed in June by the knee specialist Andy Williams, the sports psychiatrist Allan Johnston, and sessions on upper limb rehabilitation in elite sport from David O’Sullivan, and on athletic hip and groin pain from the Irish sports physiotherapist Enda King.

The programme has been structured by Dr Marwan Al-Dawoud, the England Rugby League Doctor and Head of Medical Services for Leeds Rhinos, on behalf of Chris Brookes, the RFL Chief Medical Officer, supported by Emma Rosewarne, the RFL’s Medical Co-Ordinator.

Dr Marwan Al-Dawoud said: “The RFL is committed to educating our medical staff across the game. As part of our education strategy and in response to COVID-19, we have organised a comprehensive online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme over the next few months which covers a large range of topics and expert speakers from across the country.”

Emma Rosewarne said: “Rugby League benefits from the commitment and knowledge of so many medical professionals - many of them currently working at the coal face in the NHS, leading the national response to Covid-19.

“Dr Marwan has done a superb job in sourcing such a broad spectrum of experts for a programme which allows us to offer CPD to those colleagues over the next couple of months, when there is little of the regular Rugby League activity in which they support us.

“I’d like to thank Dr Marwan on behalf of the RFL and the sport – but also to thank all our medical colleagues for what they are doing away from Rugby League at the moment, as well as their services to the game.”