Sporting Knee Masterclass

16 (Sat) and 17 (Sun) March 2019 08:45 - 17:00 (GMT)

University College Hospital
Musculoskeletal Outpatient Therapy Service (Sport Gym)
Therapy and Rehabilitation Department, Lower Ground Floor
235 Euston Road
NW1 28U


This two- day course aims to directly impact on the clinician's ability to assess and treat patients with sporting knee pathologies including patello-femoral pain, ACL injury and Rehab, meniscal pathologies and high- end rehab and return to performance in the active population. The course will explore the challenges relating to the rehabilitation of athletes with patello-femoral pain and patient following ACL reconstruction. ACL-R is a complex area with a client base ranging from a Sunday league footballer to elite athletes. Knowing when surgery is indicated and having a good patient specific approach to prehab, conservative management and post operative rehab is essential to best improve chances of optimal outcomes.

The course is a mixture of theory, demonstrations and practical sessions, totally underpinned by evidence. There is a strong emphasis on clinical reasoning throughout and practical application in clinical settings.

This course is limited to a maximum of 24 participants – book early to secure your place.


This course is applicable for Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Chiropractors, Sport Therapists and other health care professionals who are involved in the management of sporting knee injuries.


  1. Describe the aetiology of PFP and explain the relevance of their subjective examination and how this drives their physical examination.

  2. Underpin their gluteal examination with anatomy and biomechanics, and prescribe accurate, effective gluteal exercises.

  3. Discuss controversies around the VMO and describe when quads work is indicated, and how this can be done.

  4. Be aware of indications for taping, and how this can be performed. Assess the biomechanics of the foot and identify when an orthotic may be useful.

  5. Aware and able to implement all the key components, necessary for sucessful return to sports following ACL reconstruction

  6. Identify and correct deficits in sprinting performance, landing mechanics and deceleration. Learn coaching drills to correct these deficits

  7. Explore a criteria based progression criteria, following ACL-R and Improve confidence in returning players to their sport

  8. Understand the current evidene regarding conservative management of mensical injuries (both traumatic and degenerative)

Course schedule day one Claire Robertson

8.45 - 9.00 Registration

9.00 - 11.00 Theory

11.00 - 12.30 Practical

12.30 - 13.15 Lunch

13.15 - 14.30 Theory

14.30 - 15.15 Practical

15.15 - 15.30 Tea Break

15.30 - 16.30 Practical

16.30 - 17.00 Case Study and Close

Course schedule day two: Benoy Mathew and Glen Robbins

09:00- 10.15 ACL - Criteria based progression

10.15 - 10.45 Meniscal pathologies

10.45 - 11.00 Break

11.00 - 12:30 Morning Practical

12:30 - 13.15 Lunch

13.15 - 14.30 Conditioning Strategies and End-Stage Rehab

14:30 - 15:15 Participants will work in groups to practice RTP tests

15:15 -15:30 Break

15:30 - 16:15 RTP Screening

16:15 - 16:45 Case Study

16:45 - 17:00 Summary and Q&A

Note: Each activity will consist of theoretical and practical components. Please bring shorts to the course for the practical sessions. Pre-reading articles will be sent before the course.

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Glen Robbins (MSc MMACP MCSP HPC)

Prior to training as a Physiotherapist Glen worked in the fitness industry as a trainer for gyms and sports teams. He qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Keele in 2005. He spent his first 2 years working for a busy MSK private clinic in Iceland, before returning to the NHS and completing his MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire.

Since then he has worked primarily in private clinics and sports injury clinics in and around the London area and opened his own clinic, Hemel Physio, based in Hertfordshire in 2013. At his Clinic he has treated Olympic level athletes and professional sportsmen but he also still maintains an NHS caseload 1 day per week. A large percentage of his private caseload is made up of recreational and club level endurance runners, particularly marathon runners.

Glen's main passions are manual therapy, functional movement screening, injury prevention and exercise prescription. He has mentored and trained many therapists in manual therapy and is involved in the creation and development of, an online CPD training portal for physiotherapists, personal trainers and health professionals.

Glen has a particular interest in the lower limb and started teaching on evidence based injury prevention in runners, integrating strength and conditioning with the rehab of runners and Assessment and treatment of the Hip in 2012.

Further information on Glen can be found at:

Follow Glen on Twitter on @HemelPhysio


Claire Robertson

Claire Robertson is a consultant physiotherapist in patellofemoral pain, at Wimbledon Clinics.

She is actively involved in patellofemoral research, having published in many journals, including the American journal of Sports Medicine.

She is currently writing up a number of papers following extensive research on the vmo, and she has also recently finished a research grant researching patellofemoral crepitus. Claire's niche clinical practice and research activity places her perfectly to deliver this course.

Read about Claire here

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Benoy Mathew (MSc MAACP MCSP HPC)

Benoy is a highly specialist physiotherapist and Advance Practice Physiotherapist. He works in private practice in Central London. Benoy has research papers, published in internationally peer-reviewed journals.

He has a special interest in overuse lower limb injuries and Running Injuries. He is passionate about application of research in clinical practice and is involved in regular teaching on multiple courses, both in the UK and overseas. More than 2500 participants have attended his course in the last 8 years. He is a Master Trainer in Shockwave therapy and is the UK head of education for Venn Health Care. He is a trained MSK Sonographer and uses diagnostic ultrasound in his clinical practice.

Ben has completed his masters in advanced physiotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 and was the national winner for the highest scoring candidate of the society of orthopaedic medicine registration examination and was the recipient of Saunders prize for 2011.

Clinically, he deals with complex patients referred by GPs and for a second opinion on failed patients by other therapists. Ben loves a challenge, and enjoys treating hip and groin patients and overuse running injuries. He is passionate about application of research in clinical practice and is involved in regular teaching nationwide on multiple lower limb courses.

Further information on Ben can be found at:

Follow Ben on Twitter on @function2fitnes

The course venue

University College Hospital

Musculoskeletal Outpatient Therapy Service (Sport Gym)

Therapy and Rehabilitation Department, Lower Ground Floor
235 Euston Road
NW1 28U

How to get there


Tottenham Court Road - Northbound (Warren Street station) - no's 10, 73, 24, 29, 134 Gower Street - Southbound (University Street) - no's 10, 24, 29, 73, 134 Euston Road - no's 18, 27, 30, 88

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By Tube:

Nearest tube stations are:

Warren Street (Northern / Victoria Lines) Euston Square (Circle / Hammersmith & City / Metropolitan Lines)

Euston ( Northern/ Victoria Lines )

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