UPMC Whitfield Hospital launches Sports Medicine Roadshow at WIT Arena

  • Roadshow brings together more than 600 healthcare professionals to discuss preventative and rehabilitative injury strategies across 5 counties
  • Free Waterford event will be of interest to local GPs, coaches and sports medicine professionals involved in GAA, rugby, soccer and other sports

UPMC Whitfield Hospital, the largest private hospital in the South East, has announced the launch of its inaugural Sports Medicine Roadshow, which will be held in five venues over the coming weeks in Waterford, Limerick, Galway, Carlow and Cork. The roadshow will bring together over 600 healthcare professionals from diverse disciplines with a specialist interest in sports medicine to discuss best practice in injury prevention and rehabilitation.

The events are free to attend and will be of interest to local GPs, sports doctors, physios and coaches and managers involved in GAA, rugby, soccer, athletics and other sports. Speakers will include leading sports doctors, physiotherapists, concussion, nutrition and orthopaedic specialists, and strength and conditioning professionals.

The Waterford roadshow, taking place at WIT Arena on 23 October, will focus on foot and ankle, knee, hip and groin and concussion injuries, as well as strength and conditioning. Waterford and Ballygunner hurler Wayne Hutchinson will discuss ‘Managing Chronic Injury from a Player’s Perspective’.

Discussing the launch of the roadshow, Mr. Patrick Carton, Orthopaedic Consultant at UPMC Whitfield Hospital and convenor of the Sports Medicine Roadshow, said: “This exciting event brings together some of Ireland’s leading medical practitioners to pool knowledge and discuss the best surgical and non-surgical approaches to the most common sports injuries affecting our athletes.

“With events in five different counties it’s a fantastic opportunity for local GPs, physios and doctors, as well as managers and coaches, to learn more about athlete welfare and injury prevention.

“I hope that everyone involved in the Sports Medicine Roadshow this year will continue to actively participate in helping us to develop a working Sports Medicine Network across Ireland that will allow athletes to have local and timely access to high-quality diagnostics and treatments.”

Located in Waterford, UPMC Whitfield has over 50 expert consultants working across a range of specialties including radiotherapy, cardiology, orthopaedics, sports medicine, concussion,  ophthalmology, oncology / haematology, radiology, ear, nose and throat, gynaecology, urology and general surgery. These are supported by a wider team of dedicated medical, nursing and administration staff to ensure the 70-bed hospital offers patients the right care, in the right way, at the right time – in a first-class facility that is close to home.

UPMC’s services and facilities in Ireland also include the UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre, which has locations in Waterford and Cork; UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, which opens at Shamrock Plaza in Carlow next month; and the UPMC Concussion Network, the first countrywide network of healthcare providers for the diagnosis and treatment of concussion. 

The UPMC Whitfield campus is operated by UPMC, the international not-for-profit healthcare company that is transforming the way healthcare is provided. Already trusted by millions of patients across the world, the company operates 40 hospitals, as well as 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland.

Event:                          UPMC Sports Medicine Roadshow – Waterford

Date / Time:                 6pm – 9pm on Wednesday 23rd October

Location:                      WIT Arena, WIT West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford

Register:                      Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is required as places are limited – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/upmc-sports-medicine-roadshow-waterford-tickets-71342113181