Austin Jeans breaks new ground

HARARE - Zimbabwean sports medicine physician Dr Austin Jeans broke new ground by becoming the first African to participate in a high profile international sport and medicine exercise symposium held in the United Kingdom recently.

 Dubbed the “From Pain to Performance 2013,” the conference took place at the London Heathrow Marriot Hotel on May 18. It was attended by 280 sports medicine professionals, most of whom are involved in the care of elite athletes.

 “I did a presentation on Applied Prevention of Sports Injuries, the Return to Play Criteria as well as one on Multi-Disciplinary Perspective,” Jeans told the Daily News yesterday.

 “I also served on a discussion panel with other international speakers where presentations centred on the current exercise science, training program design, sports injury prevention, spinal injuries in cricket, groin injuries in rugby, advances in hip joint surgery and spinal injuries in rugby.”

 On the panel of discussion, Jeans joined international speakers such as James Allen, physiotherapist to the Ireland rugby team, sports scientist with Liverpool Football Club sports scientist Barry Drust, amongst others.

Dr Jeans’ wife Debbi, former Olympian judoka and fitness director of Rolf Valley Sport & Health and Innovative High Performance Centre gyms in Harare, also attended the conference.

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