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Sir Steve Redgrave to speak at Europe’s largest physiotherapy congress in Liverpool

CSP press release published on 15 October 2009

Five times Olympic gold medal winner Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL will be giving the Founders Lecture at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Congress in Liverpool on Friday 16 October.

Sir Steve will be talking about the ups and downs of his rowing career with particular reference to the team of people, including physiotherapists, who helped him along the way. During his career Sir Steve had various health issues to deal with including the onset of diabetes but still managed the enormous achievement of winning five gold Olympic medals for Great Britain.

Preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London is one of the themes of this year's Congress, with speakers including former Irish rugby union international player Conor O'Shea who is now National Director of the English Institute of Sport (EIS). The Congress will showcase how the physiotherapy profession will be supporting the games and also looking at the key role that physiotherapists will play in increasing public participation in exercise in the build up to the games in London.

CSP Congress is the physiotherapy profession's main annual conference and takes place on 16 and 17 October at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre. Over 1,000 physiotherapists and allied health professionals will be attending.

The programme - split into musculoskeletal, neurology, education, cardio-respiratory, education, health, work and wellbeing strands - will feature keynote speakers from across the globe as well as lectures, workshops and debates. It will also be home to one of the largest physiotherapy-based trade exhibitions.

Physiotherapy plays a vital role in modern healthcare, preventing long-term health problems, keeping people fit for work and keeping older people and others independent in the community. Physiotherapists can improve and maintain the health of the public through facilitating and encouraging people (young and old) to exercise and to take responsibility for their own health.

CSP Chair of Council Liz Cavan says: 'With all the new ideas that will come out of Congress, physiotherapists based in Liverpool and all around the UK will be able to take away new approaches to improve their care for patients and to work with them to make positive changes to their health and lifestyles.'

For further information of any or all of the programmes and speakers, visit the CSP Congress website: www.cspcongress.co.uk.

Notes to editors

  1. Members of the press are welcome to attend Congress for all or any part of the event. To request a media pass or for further information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111. Out of hours contact 07786 332 197 / 07900 160 349.
  2. Photos of the event will also be available and can be requested from the CSP press office.
  3. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 48,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

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