Category: PLD Opportunities

Professional Learning & Development / Continuing Proffesional Development (CPD)

BASES Workshop – Exploring Methods to Improve Exercise Fidelity for Cardiac Rehabilitation Programmes

Wednesday, 4 September 2024 09:30 - 13:30 BST

Wrexham University, Plas Coch Campus, Mold Road

This workshop aims to provide practitioners, students or anyone involved with the delivery or learning of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation with ideas on how they can 1. Look to improve monitoring procedures used during exercise 2. Explore different ways to set up the exercise classes and 3. Evaluate current practice and what can be done to help programme teams who are not able to provide a full dose of exercise sessions.  

It will explore: current exercise guidelines, problems around prescribing those exercise guidelines and solutions to help patients meet the desired exercise targets. This workshop will be interactive with those attending expected to participate in brainstorming and the sharing of ideas.

Presenters: Dr Chelsea Batty is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport, Health and Exercise Physiology and BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology-Support). She completed her PhD in 2021 looking at exercise fidelity in cardiac rehabilitation. She has worked alongside various cardiac rehabilitation teams over the past 8 years and has published work around various aspects of cardiac rehabilitation. She currently works with the North Wales cardiac rehabilitation east team based in Wrexham and Flintshire. 

Laura Cartwright is an Exercise Physiologist who works for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Cardiac Rehabilitation East Service. Laura has worked in the fitness industry as an exercise instructor for 20 years. She graduated from Chester university in 2012 with a sport and exercise science degree and completed her MSc in sport and exercise physiology in 2014 also at Chester university. She has worked as an exercise physiologist in the NHS for 4 years within cardiac rehabilitation across North East Wales. She has published articles in BHF magazine and abstracts in heart in the field of exercise based cardiac rehabilitation. 

Louise Rimell is an Exercise Physiologist who works for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Cardiac Rehabilitation East Service. Louise gained her BACPR instructor qualification in 2003 and the GP referral qualification in 2004. She went on to lead cardiac rehabilitation exercise classes in the community and in 2006,  after completing her BSc in PE/Sport Science, secured a support role in the Chester Cardiac Rehabilitation department. After a couple of years of working in a support role, Louise went on to become an Exercise Physiologist with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Cardiac Rehabilitation East Service whilst also completing her MSc in Cardiac Rehabilitation at the University of Chester. 

Webinar series by Dr Brian Hemmings – Developing Consulting Skills 2: Impactful initial/intake interviews with athletes

Tuesday, 15 October 2024 12:00 - 13:30 BST


Developing consultancy skills is a key aspect of the BASES SEPAR. This webinar is aimed at prospective/current supervisees and supervisors and covers the complex nature of initial/intake interviews with athletes.

Target and evidence the SEPAR consultancy competencies (3.3.4)
Describe various ways of approaching initial/intake interviews with athletes
Evaluate the range of information that may be gathered prior to the first meeting
Discuss interactions between content, process and relationships in early athlete relationships
Identify steps for basic planning and constructing flexible agendas in first meetings
Consider important environmental factors when meeting athletes

BASES Webinar – Sports Injury Narratives: From Theory to Practice

Wednesday, 18 September 2024 12:00 - 13:00 BST


The purpose of this webinar will be to share and discuss six sports injury narratives that have been identified from a longitudinal research study within elite sport (Everard et al., 2021, 2023). These six narratives have been converted into a video format so that they are accessible and transferable to multiple stakeholders. By discussing these six storylines within a pedagogical setting, the aim is to enhance understandings of the multiple ways in which athletes may experience injury, and thus expand the practical lens of practitioners working with injured athletes. For example, our research has highlighted how by equipping practitioners with diverse injury narratives, it can sensitize them to rhetoric of an injured athletes and enable them to better relate to and empathize with diverse injury experiences (Everard et al., 2024). In doing so, it can help create a more harmonious working relationship by enhancing interpersonal communication and promoting greater shared understandings. Moreover, equipping practitioners with diverse injury narratives can help raise awareness of the dangers embedded within certain storylines and enable them to offer athletes alternative narrative types if needed (Smith & Sparkes, 2009). Throughout the webinar, we will draw upon our latest research alongside real-world examples regarding the practical application of these sport injury narratives into professional practice, with the goal of highlighting how these narratives could be used in applied sport and exercise psychology practice and with other individuals who support injured athletes and exercisers.

Mental Health First Aid Blended Face-to-Face Course

Saturday, 14 September 2024, 8:00am to 12:00pm AEST

Sydney, NSW

ESSA are proudly presenting a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course for ESSA NSW Exercise & Sports Science Professionals. 

The Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches participants how to provide initial support to another adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis, until professional help is received, or the crisis resolves. Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults, how to recognise and respond to an emerging or worsening mental health problem and the treatments and supports available.

Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, course participants learn how to approach someone they are concerned about and initiate a conversation about those concerns. Participants also learn how to offer initial support and information and how to encourage the person to seek professional help or other supports. Adults who complete the course become Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders), equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to provide someone with mental health information and support when it matters most.

This Standard Mental Health First Aid course is delivered in a Blended Face-to-Face format. You will need to complete eLearning materials online prior to attending the course on the scheduled day. 

Beyond the Scale: Evaluating Body Metrics in Health and Sport

Tuesday, 13 August 2024 12:30 - 13:30 BST


Body measures underpin life as we know it; from the trivial: the shape of the chair you’re sat on, the clothes you are wearing and the dimension of your devices, to the critical: the design of your seat belt, your qualification for medical treatments and the dosages of those treatment. In sport we typically place a lot of emphasis on the accuracy of these measures, however this has not translated into health – yet. This presentation explores the translation of body measurement expertise from sport to health, with a focus on childhood obesity

The burden of load carriage in occupational performance: translating science into practice

Monday, 22 July 2024 12:30 - 13:30 BST


The BASES Occupational Performance Special Interest Group (OPSIG) aims to promote evidence-based practise amongst those undertaking research and/or scientific support with occupational groups in physically demanding job-roles. This includes but is not limited to military, security, fire, rescue and first responders. It draws on a number of specialist areas including: physiology, strength and conditioning, physical training, psychology, biomechanics, injury and rehabilitation. In this second webinar delivered through the OPSIG we will discuss the physiological demands and impact of carrying torso-borne load carriage on physical performance as part of occupational tasks. We will start the webinar by overviewing the various load carriage activities experienced in the UK by tactical occupations such as the police service, fire and rescue service, and military. The webinar will start by looking at the origins of load carriage through to current practice. We will focus specifically on torso-borne load carriage in military personnel and provide examples of practices (e.g. wearing of body armour, carrying of equipment in daysacks) along with their impact on the wearer. As part of this we will explore the range of masses that military personnel are required to carry on the torso and the impact this has on the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems, the ability to undertake both physical and cognitive tasks as well as the potential injury risk. Lastly, we will highlight the knowledge gaps in this area and the future challenges facing such tactical occupations.

Sleeping your way to victory: sleep behaviour impacts elite performance

Wednesday, 17 July 2024 12:30 - 13:30 BST


With the Olympic Games just round the corner, elite athletes are looking at all possible ways to gain an advantage when it comes to performance. Exercise, nutrition and sleep are widely recognised as the three pillars of health, and this is no different for elite athletes. Several factors contribute to success in sport, and both sleep and a well-balanced diet are key components. Sleep is, by far, the greatest legal performance enhancing “drug” to assist with recovery. A large focus has been placed in sport on sleep science as part of an advanced training and recovery plan in elite athletes. Sleep has important biological functions related to physiological processes, learning, memory, and cognition and plays a major role in optimal athlete health and injury prevention. The prevalence of sleep inadequacy has been reported to be high among elite athletic populations. It has been suggested that elite athletes require 8-9 hours of undisturbed sleep, yet approximately 50% of elite athletes are below the poor sleep threshold. Sleep disturbances can affect training and competition directly, through fatigue, or indirectly, through sleep-related performance anxieties. 

Spinal Cord Injuries Webinar

Wednesday, 21 August 2024, 5:00pm - 6:30pm AEST


This webinar is a guide for clinicians to enhance their skills and knowledge surrounding Spinal Cord Injuries. We aim to develop clinical reasoning when prescribing exercise for this population as well as a greater capacity to educate their clients. SCI’s can have complex presentations and secondary complications requiring treating clinicians to have an indepth understanding of the signs and symptoms of potential complications.

This webinar will cover:

– Diagnosis and functional implications

– Considerations and secondary complications associated with SCI

– Exercise Prescription for SCI 

Presented by Sarah Corley, AES, AEP

Exercise to Promote Neuroplasticity Workshop

Saturday, 3 August 2024

NeuroRehab Allied Health Network Deer Park, Victoria

Neuroplasticity is the basis of neurological rehab. This workshop does a deep dive on neuroplasticity, applying it to work Exercise Physiologists do in a neurological population. You will get the opportunity to apply these principles to neuro case studies and explore how these principles support exercise modalities such as e-stims, blood flow restriction, volume training, part practice and home exercise programs. By the end of the workshop, you will feel confident that you are able to maximise neuroplasticity in your therapy and exercise sessions. The ESSA Victoria State Chapter invites you to join them for a Workshop for all Victorian based Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Accredited Exercise Scientists, Accredited Sports Scientists and students.

Presented by Cameron Hunter, AES AEP

A Future in Exercise

Tuesday, 30 July 2024 6:00pm - 8:00pm AEST

QUT, Kelvin Grove Campus E Block, Level 5 Function Space

Join the ESSA QLD State Chapter for an insightful event featuring industry professionals who have pursued diverse career paths within the exercise field. These paths include research, clinical exercise, high-performance training, exercise science, and alternative careers such as medical care. Following the presentations, enjoy an hour of catering and networking with these experts to discuss first-hand insights into careers in the exercise industry.