Speaker in the Spotlight: Andy Smith


Having graduated from Leeds Medical School in 1995, Andy is now a consultant in Emergency Medicine with a specialist interest in Immediate Care and Sport & Exercise Medicine.

RFU Immediate Care in Sport Programme Director, Twickenham Match Day Immediate Care Lead, RFU England Counties Doctor, Premiership Rugby Clinical Governance Advisor, World Rugby Immediate Care in Rugby Technical Lead and Trainer, Olympic Games London 2012 and Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 Field of Play Lead. Rugby World Cup England 2015 and Junior World Championship Manchester 2016 Immediate Care Lead. Chair of the Training and Standards Committee, Faculty of Pre Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

During his talk, ‘Concussion in Sport’, Andy will provide an outline of the journey Sports Concussion has taken, with emphasis on the provision at international events and highlight where sport is today in managing this most challenging and media focused injury.

 Talk Title:

Concussion in Sport

Why should delegates attend?

During his talk, Andy will provide a detailed update on the recent developments, including current provision in rugby and current research, which may result in significant changes.

What is the most valuable message/lesson you feel they will learn?

The challenges of managing sports concussion while under such media scrutiny, overall ensuring a player welfare centred approach is maintained.

2-3 Interesting facts that will encourage delegates to want to find out more

  • Current Head Injury Assessment in the elite game including the role of real-time video review as part of the Head Injury assessment process
  • Importance of graduated return to play protocols
  • Potential impact of current research

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