Franziska Schmidt-Dengler, CSP Physiotherapist, MLD UK, CDT, Vodder MLD Practitioner and Lymphoedema Feedback

The conference was entitled “Football Medicine Strategies for Muscle & Tendon Injuries” on the 20th and 21st April, 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, UK



Read on PressReleasePoint 24.7.2013


"With thanks to Physiopod UK Limited, who were one of only forty invited exhibitors at the event, I was recently able to attend the

22nd International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology entitled “Football Medicine Strategies for Muscle & Tendon Injuries” on the 20th and 21st April, 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, UK.  

Mary and Julie had kindly offered me a guest pass as I am working with the DEEP OSCILLATION® Sports in my clinic in Putney.  The other two were given to Simon Crampton, MSc MCSP SRP, Head of Sports Medicine, MK Dons, who successfully uses DEEP OSCILLATION® at the club andMatthew Pain, PhD Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, who is using a new device in the PhysioPod range of equipment, the Contrex®, which is used for biomechanical testing, training, rehabilitation, sport and research.

In total there were 130 keynote speakers ranging from Medical Staff, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rehabilitation Specialists, Technical and Coaching Staff, all lecturing on topics of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.  Fifteen hundred delegates were in attendance at the Congress and it was spread over three floors.  We could choose from three lectures that were going ahead at the same time.  There were two auditoriums and one suite.  Unfortunately I was not able to follow all of them!

My choice was as follows: 


  • Muscle injury prevention Roald Bahr (NOR), Muscle injuries: developments over the last 30 years Hans Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt (GER), Muscle injuries: the proposal of a new classification system Peter Ueblacker (GER)
  • Function is the key James Calder (UK), Biotechnology in the tendons healing Alberto Gobbi (ITA)
  • The prevalence of hip abnormalities in soccer players Bert Mandelbaum (USA), does the Sportsman’s hernia exist? Chris Bradshaw (AUS), Return to sport following groin pain/ pathology Bryan English (UK)
  • Imaging muscle and tendons – Current trends and the future Simon Blease (UK), Groin pain and FAI imaging Mario Padron (ESP), The role of the ultrasound for the sports physician Pierpaolo Zunarelli (ITA)
  • The rehabilitation of a football player with quadriceps femoris trauma Tohaneanu et al (Romania), Delayed proximal rectus femoris reconstruction in three high-level athletes Bajwa AS et al (UK), Su Jok Acu therapy. Non invasive treatments for musculotendineous injuries in football Benson M (UK)



  • The use of platelet rich plasma: current scientific evidence Nicola Maffulli (ITA), PRP experiences in muscle and tendon injuries: clinical experience with footballers Ramon Cugat (ESP), PRP in patellar tendon pathology Elizaveta Kon (ITA)
  • Differences in musculotendineous injuries between Dutch amateur and professional soccer players Van Beijsterveldt AMC et al (NL)
  • Differences in musculotendineous injury rates between soccer clubs: a prospective study Stubbe et al. (NL) 
  • Young female football players Elvire Servien (FRA)
  • Overuse injuries in young footballers Piero Volpi (ITA)
  • Injury prevention in football: FIFA 11+ and more Nicolas Mathiey (SUI)
  • The prevention of recurring muscle injuries Kyriakos Tsapralis (ITA)
  • Perfecting the rehabilitation process Holly Silvers (USA)
  • The role of the chiropractor Franco Cento (ITA)
  • Lessons from Track &Field Juan Manueal Alonso (ESP)
  • Lumbar instability, videoflyoroscopic analysis and prolotherapy injections in football Simon Petrides (UK)
  • The role of spinal stability in the prevention of musculo-tendineous injuries of the extremities in soccer Clive Lathey (UK)
  • Soft tissue injuries of and around the spine Michel Mayer (GER)
  • The importance of physical therapies in the management of a complex tendinopathy Karen Hambly (UK)
  • Physical therapies in rehabilitation Steve Kemp (UK)
  • Which modality to choose and when Phil Glasgow (UK)


My personal favorites: 

Müller-Wohlfahrt – For his ability to diagnose the severity of a muscle injury using his palpation skills.  Secondly for the emphasis he placed on the importance of team spirit.  (Although he created some controversy for his use of infiltration of Actovegin (a deproteinized hemodialysate from calf blood), he left an impression. 

Tohaneanu for taking into account psychological aspects of the player for injury prevention, although he was criticized for not training in the sand to over stimulate the Quadratus femoris muscle.

Bajwa for his honest answer to my question “if he would consider MLD post surgery?” (Although it was “no”)

Benson achieved amazing results with the alternative, non-invasive “Su Jok Acu”. If she can do it, I’m sure MLD practitioners can also climb up to the next Isokinetic Conference (if you haven’t already done so).

Cento (Chiropractor), because he admitted that some players like to be touched before a game, but when he is unsure how the player would react to a profound treatment, just before the play he would give a sham treatment. (Just to point out the importance of touch).

Holly Silvers, because the rehabilitation process she proposes is amazing 

Kemp, because he is so honest and shows that even if everything is perfectly well planned, even in elite sport the therapy doesn’t always follow the therapy plan, mistakes are being made and Kemp offered everyone the opportunity to learn from them. 

What I personally take away from this Conference and I’m sure you could pass on to your patients are the following:


  1. FIFA 11+ injury prevention for injuries: look it up, it is a really good tool and emphasizes on the quality of movement, not on quantity
  2. Team Spirit
  3. Elite Sport’s people are also human
  4. There really was not a lot of talking about MLD. However, I believe strongly surgeons should consider MLD post surgery and postinjury. It was a sports doctor who made me take MLD courses as he wanted his patients to benefit from MLD and I still use MLD as one of my most preferred techniques. And my wish is to have MLD more represented. (But I have a slight feeling, “they” might use MLD already anyway and just don’t want to give “their” little secret away?)"



Franziska Schmidt-Dengler 

CSP Physiotherapist, MLD UK, CDT, Vodder MLD Practitioner and Lymphoedema Therapist

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