It’s been another busy few week at the EIS with three members of staff guest speaking at conferences, the last of the female athlete workshops, members of the Performance Pathways team running ‘Inductions and Exits’ roadshows, the Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel opening at Loughborough University and a practitioner making her debut for her country!
Looking back to earlier in the month, Kevin Currell, EIS Director of Science and Technical Development spoke on a Q&A panel at the UKAD Annual Clean Sport Forum around governance in sport, with specific focus on anti-doping.
Kevin spoke about what the EIS do to ensure minimum standards in science and medicine, how technical leadership roles need to guarantee quality assurance and how the EIS supports anti-doping efforts such as UKAD training.
On Wednesday (21 November), the final Female Athlete Health workshop saw practitioners and people within the high performance system learn about how to maximise the potential of female athletes and understand how the menstrual cycle affects performance. A great series of roadshows so well done to all on the Female Athlete Health team!
Fantastic session on Female Athlete Fundamentals today thanks to @eis2win. Some great learnings to take away. Time to talk periods! #PeriodsMatterPERIOD #FemaleAthlete 🙋🏼♀️🥇 pic.twitter.com/lBet9PNyRi
— Laura Heathcote (@lauracreighton) November 21, 2018
And that’s a wrap! Bath and Loughborough #SmartHER workshops to finish a fantastic @eis2win roadshow with Anita Biswas @ElliottSale & @rich_burden – we’ve taken important steps along the journey to optimised, individualised support of our female athletes 👍
— Emma Ross (@ezross) November 21, 2018
Our Head of Performance Support for GB Boxing, Ian Gatt, flew the EIS flag at the Therapy Expo in Birmingham on Wednesday (21 November), presenting about hand and wrist injury management.
Back home after presenting on Hand and Wrist 🤚Injury Management, showcasing the work we do @gbboxing 🥊 @eis2win . Was nice to also listen to @mike_hayton and bump into other esteemed colleagues at this brilliant event!! 👊 pic.twitter.com/PdZ4OvQKO6
— THE BOXING PHYSIO 🥊🥇🇬🇧 (@iangattphysio) November 21, 2018
The new Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel at Loughborough University was officially opened on Friday 9th November with the facility having a specialist nutrition room to meet athletes’ individual dietary requirements. The menus were developed in conjunction with EIS Performance Nutritionist James Moran.
— James Moran (@JamesEPMoran) November 2, 2018
James said: “The advantage of the Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel means that as well as having outstanding facilities, we’re able to collaborate with partners to offer world class nutritional support and positively influence athletes’ diet.
“The menu and nutritional philosophy we’ve designed specifically meets the bespoke needs of the elite athletes the EIS works with. This ensures the right combination of taste, presentation and nutritional value.” To read more about the facility, please click here.
The EIS Performance Pathways team concluded their ‘High-Performance Inductions and Exits’ roadshow this week. The workshops, led by Performance Pathway Scientists Elliott Newell and Andy Burns, were created to meet emerging requests following on from the successful ‘World Class Transitions’ symposium in the summer. Feedback from current and previous athletes and staff indicated that the entrance on to and exits out of World Class Programmes can be a challenging time, so the team set out to address the emerging concerns.
To read more about the High-Performance Inductions and Exits’ road shows, please click here.
EIS Director of Athlete Health Craig Ranson spoke at a Leaders in Performance conference where he talked about athlete wellbeing and mental health, touching on the work the EIS and UKS are doing in the High Performance System.
“One of our goals is to get parity between mental illness and physical injury”
Thank you to Director of Athlete Health at @eis2win @Craig_Ranson for a concise overview on how the organisation prevents, monitors and supports athletes tackling mental health issues. #Leaders18 pic.twitter.com/LGwoWlQowK
— LEADERS Performance (@Leaders_Insight) November 13, 2018
Finally, EIS Performance Nutritionist Lauren Delany who works with British Cycling earned her first Test cap for Ireland Women’s rugby against the USA on Sunday 18th November. Lauren is also starting at fullback this weekend against England. All at the EIS send their congratulations to Lauren on a wonderful achievement!
Absolutely buzzing for @LaurenVeronaD starting at 15 for Ireland this weekend at Twickenham! Top @eis2win Nutrionist playing at the Top of the game! #SupportingEnglandAndTheIrish15 https://t.co/8BXBNfW5ue
— Michael Naylor (@MichaelJNaylor) November 21, 2018