Conference: Aesthetic Athletes and Dancers: Training and optimizing performance. London, April 7, 2014.

danceOn 7 April 2014, Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme, in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine will be hosting a conference dedicated to the aesthetic performer. This conference aims to build on the London 2012 Dance and Sport legacy to optimise performance enhancement for British talent. It will provide a platform for collaboration amongst the interdisciplinary teams working with aesthetic performers in areas such asrhythmic and artistic gymnastics, ice-skating, synchronised swimming, dance and diving. It will cover a range of professional outlooks such as judging, performing, management, medical provision and training demands.

Conference venue: Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole street, London, 7th April, 2014.
Early Bird tickets are now available:
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9.30 – 9.40 Welcome

Aesthetics – Judging and Performing

9.40 – 10.05 Judging Aesthetics – Vicki Hawkins, High Performance Coach and Brevet Judge, International Rhythmic Gymnastics

10.05 – 10.30 Pushing physical boundaries – TBC

10.30 – 10.50 Refreshment Break

Optimising body composition

10.50 – 11.10 Physiological demands of the aesthetic art form – Professor Matthew Wyon, Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance, University of Wolverhampton

11.10 – 11.55 Nutrition, Aesthetics and Performance – Mhairi Keil, Performance Nutritionist, British Gymnastics, English Institute of Sport

11.55 – 12.40 Optimal Strength and Conditioning, dispelling the myths – Ruddi Farquharson, Strength and Conditioning coach, British Gymnastics, English Institute of Sport

12.40 – 1.00 Panel Questions

1 – 2 Lunch

Performance Optimisation and Injury Prevention

2 – 2.30 Performance profiling for rehabilitation specialists – Lauren Bradshaw, Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, Ex Great Britain Dancer and Qualified Ice Dance Coach

2.30 – 3 Core Stability – the advantages and importance of enhanced core stability in aesthetic performers – Gareth Ziyambi, Specialist Sport and Performance Physiotherapist, British Diving

3 – 3.30 Hypermobility – an asset or liability? – Nick Allen, Clinical Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries

3.30 – 3.50 Panel Questions

3.50 – 4.10  Refreshment Break

Problematic Dieting within Aesthetic Art Forms

4.10-4.35 Regulating weight in synchronised swimming – Biz Price, High Performance Director, British Synchronised Swimming

4.35 – 5.05 The onset of eating disorders; the role of the coach/teacher – Professor Jon Arcelus, Consultant Psychiatrist in eating disorders, Loughborough University, Centre for Research into Eating Disorders

5.05 – 5.40 Energy Availability and Impact on Bone Health – Roger Wolman, Consultant in Rheumatology and Sports, Dance and Exercise Medicine, National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science

5.40 – 6.00

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