ParalympicsGB ramps up Rio 2016 preparation with St George's Park conference

ParalympicsGB is holding a two-day conference on sport science and medicine at The FA's St George's Park National Football Centre as part of its Rio 2016 Olympics preparation.

St George's Park National Football Centre (©redboxdesigngroup)
St George's Park National Football Centre (©redboxdesigngroup)

The Paralympic, Sport Science and Sport Medicine Conference, held at St George’s Park in Staffordshire yesterday (12 March) and today, sees 200 science and medicine practitioners, coaches and performance directors share knowledge and experience through keynote speeches, workshops and discipline-specific sessions.

The event is seen as an important part of the British Paralympic Association’s (BPA) preparations for next year’s Paralympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Georgina Sharples, senior performance manager at the BPA, said: "At the BPA we are very aware that standards of competition at the Paralympic Games are constantly advancing and winning margins are decreasing. Therefore we have to explore all areas of athlete preparation, of which sport science and sport medicine is a key component, in order to maximise our chances of winning as many medals as possible at the Games."

Michele Hammond, senior performance advisor at UK Sport, which co-funded the event, said: "With 545 days to go, the Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine Conference will provide us with a fantastic opportunity for experts in Paralympic sport to come together and share best practice to help us find those crucial winning margins for medal success in Rio."

The English Institute of Sport also supported the conference.

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