UDOTS Sports Injury Mini-Symposium

The University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery (UDOTS) held a Mini-Symposium on Sports Injury on 27 February 2020 at the TORT Centre Lecture Room.

Mr Arpit Jariwala (UDOTS Director) invited an impressive teaching faculty including Dr Niall Elliot, Dr Krishna Reddy, Mr David Nicoll, Mr Stephen Dalgleish and Dr Andrew J. Murphy to lecture on a series of sports injury-related topics ranging from being a side-line physician, returning to play following injury sports pathology and management, diagnosing and treating groin pain and injury, new advances in treatment and pre- and rehabilitation, and challenges and best-practice models for managing concussion in sports.

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Left: Welcome and introductions by Mr Arpit Jariwala; Right: Dr Krishna Reddy explaining the workings of being a sports side-line physician.

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of UDOTS, stated:

“Research indicates that up to 50% of sports injuries are in the age group of 0-19 years. Given that we are dealing with a young cohort of patients it is key that the management of their sports injury is most appropriate and evidence-based to get them back to taking part in sports in good time and more importantly to avoid long-term issues.

The mini symposium for sports injuries boasted a distinguished faculty of Sports Physicians, Sports Surgeons and Sport Scientists who lectured, taught and discussed sports injury pathologies with our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I am indebted to our invited lecturers for making this inaugural sports injury symposium a success. It was an enlightening and entertaining series of talks and I hope our students enjoyed the morning as much as I did. This, and similar events and workshops we have introduced into our teaching curriculum just highlights the high standard of world-renowned academics that we can attract to UDOTS. We are planning to develop this symposium into a larger one-day seminar next year.”


Dr Niall Elliot is Head of Sport Medicine, Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Sport Scotland with over 15 years’ experience of working with athletes and sports in Tayside, in Scotland and the UK. In addition to assessing, diagnosing, and treating common injuries, he can offer treatment for many common musculoskeletal problems, working alongside injury healthcare teams of physiotherapists and exercise professionals. He takes interest in injury rehabilitation as well as exercise medicine and the effect living an active life can have many common illnesses. Including the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Dr Elliot has been the Chief Medical Officer for Team GB at three summer and two winter Olympic Games, and for Team Scotland at three Commonwealth Games.

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Left: Dr Niall Elliot explaining the protocols involved with sports concussion; Mr David Nicoll describing how groin strains can be notoriously difficult to treat.

Dr Krishna Reddy is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Cincinnati VA Medical Centre and Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Cincinnati. He is also an MCh (Orth) Dundee Alumni from 2009. He specialises in musculoskeletal oncology, sports medicine and general orthopaedics, including primary and revision arthroplasty. Dr Krishna completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Cincinnati and plays an active role with sports teams including traveling with the University football team.

Mr David Nicoll has been an NHS Tayside Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon since June 2011 with subspecialty interests in the fields of soft tissue knee injuries and knee arthroplasty. He holds the position of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and is the teaching lead, lecture course convenor and clinical block organiser for undergraduate musculoskeletal teaching. He also participates in postgraduate teaching being a tutor and examiner for MCh Orth students, intercalated BMSc students and distance learning courses run by the department. He is also a faculty member on postgraduate surgical courses for knee replacement and knee arthroscopy. Mr Nicoll is also Dundee Utd football club Doctor.

Mr Stephen Dalgleish is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon for NHS Tayside and Undergraduate Teaching Lead for Orthopaedics at the University of Dundee. He graduated from Dundee University in 2007 and undertook his postgrad Orthopaedic training in the East of Scotland rotation and Inverness. His special interests include sports surgery around the knee and lower limb, trauma and lower limb arthroplasty. He has a keen interest in Sports Medicine and has recently returned from a year in Perth, Western Australia undertaking the Perth Sports Surgery Fellowship where he worked with elite professional athletes and learned the importance of a truly multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team and stringent return to sport assessment.

Dr Andrew Murphy is Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation at the University of Dundee. He was previously Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at Birmingham City University, Academic Track Research Fellow within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Honorary Clinical Scientist NHS GGC, Technical Director Clinical Application Division for DIH Technologies Co., and Director of the Department of Computer Assisted Rehabilitation at Sichuan Provincial People’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Chengdu, China. Dr Murphy earned his PhD (Elite Rowing Technique and Performance) from the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London in 2009. Whilst pursuing his PhD, during the Beijing Olympiad, Andrew was employed as a member of the Sports Science support team to GB Rowing and completed an Internship with UK Sport. In his role as a conference organiser he has previously sat on the board of the Clinical Movement Analysis Society of the UK and Ireland, the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children, and the International Society of Biomechanics.

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Left: Mr Stephen Dalgleish talking about assessing sports injuries on the field of play; Right: Dr Andrew J. Murphy closing the event by thanking the visiting teaching faculty on a successful mini symposium.



“I found the symposium really interesting because everyone speaking was so experienced. It was amazing hearing all about the College sports system in America and the videos were very engaging. Having not been taught orthopaedics since second year medicine it was great to go back to hearing about the clinical side of things.”

“I really enjoyed the Symposium. The topics were relevant and interesting, particularly Dr Elliot's talk about concussion and Dr Reddy who highlighted the big difference between sports medicine in the UK compared to the US.”

“The sports medicine symposium organised by team UDOTS was an excellent opportunity for us to understand how the sports medicine doctors work for the national level sports team. It was unique experience for most of us in attending wonderful lectures from experts in that field. I hope this might help us choosing sports medicine in our future career.”