18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
In addition to the main conference on Friday, May 18, there are a range of satellite courses running from May 17 to 19, as well as case studies from provincial Medical teams, poster presentations and an expert forum on injury prevention.
Speakers include members of the IRFU and provincial medical teams as well as world renowned international presenters such as Dr. Tim Gabbett (Australia), Dr. John Brooks (UK), Dr Martin Raftery (Australia) and Dr. Tim Hewett (USA).
Speaking ahead of the event, IRFU Medical Director and conference co-chair, Dr. Conor McCarthy, said: "The IRFU Sports Medicine Conference is an innovative new approach.
"We have a wealth of highly experienced medical people within the IRFU and the provincial branches and pooling their knowledge for the conference is a really good idea.
"Add to that the overseas experts and it builds into one of the most exciting initiatives in Sports and Exercise medicine in Ireland this year."
Commenting on the programme, conference co-chair, Dr. Garrett Coughlan (IRFU), said: "We have an excellent programme of satellite events around the main conference with internationally recognised experts in their field. There is also a large sponsor exhibition and interactive workshops for delegates.
"There is even a tour of the Aviva Stadium medical facilities and changing rooms so there is something for everyone. We expect demand for all of the events to be high.."
A full schedule and list of satellite courses is available on the IRFU Sports Medicine Conference section of the website.
Early bird booking, undergraduate and postgraduate rates as well as reduced rates for registering for the conference and satellite events are all available - click here.
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