2019 Women in Sport and Exercise Conference

St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK

June 11, 2019

Dr. Victor Lopez Jr, and Ms Batool Quteishat, BSc, MSc (2019) of the Rugby Research and Injury Prevention Group, affiliated with Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr Lopez is affiliated with SPRINZ/Auckland University of Technology, Research Associates, and members of the Rugby Codes Research Group will be presenting for the first-year, with our attendance, topics relevant to the growth of rugby in the Americas, which may have implications globally.

We will be discussing our Hospital for Special Surgery’s, AUT/SPRINZ rugby-codes on-going project, on the USA North American Rugby-7s RISERugby injury surveillance project and its injury preventive-potential injury data.

Since 2010, Dr. Lopez, et al have presented at many conferences ACSM, AOSSM, BASES, EATA, ECSS, ISAKOS, NATA, SMA and the renown IOC Conference. Our team will present inaugurally at the St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Annual Women in Sport and Exercise Pushing Boundaries Conference, in the beautiful city of London, England.

In 2019 the Rugby Research and Injury Prevention Group will be presenting on Rugby-7s injuries in the U.S. population.

Dr. Lopez, Ms Quetishat, will be podium presenting during the Open Communications Session 1: The gender gap in sports injuries sessions:


Join us in our mission to push the boundaries in women’s sport. Opportunities for women in sport and exercise are expanding rapidly, whether it is in leading a governing body, excelling in elite competition or simply participation for fitness, camaraderie and the love of sport

The 2019 Women in Sport and Exercise Conference will bring together leading thinkers and practitioners from a range of disciplines to promote discussion and debate around the issues that females face in sport and exercise at all levels. In addition, it will look at how the industry can innovate, challenge attitudes and push the boundaries that still exist for women in sport.

The conference will explore the latest research and real-world evidence to address female-specific issues and life stages that impact on performance and health. It will explore gender inequality in the sport and exercise arena, and discuss the opportunities and issues surrounding female participation in physical activity. Key areas of focus will be the practical application of research to increase the opportunities for females in sport and exercise and minimise and overcome identified barriers.

The conference will look specifically at:

  • Pushing boundaries through furthering the understanding of how female specific issues influence performance and health
  • Pushing boundaries in women’s representation in sport
  • Pushing boundaries in physical activity participation to promote inclusion and female empowerment through sport
  • Pushing boundaries in taboo subjects around women’s sport


Academics, practitioners, health professionals, athletes and those working in sports governance are invited to come together to share their achievements and collaborate with like-minded individuals to optimise women’s athletic success, while promoting inclusion and female empowerment through sport.


Attendees can book to attend the full conference or attend one-day only. We also invite delegates to join us for a Gala Dinner on the evening of 11th June.


One Day Conference Rate: 11th June – £175 (Students: £100)

One Day Conference Rate: 12thJune – £175 (Students: £100)

Two Day Rate: 11th-12th June £250 (Students: £150)

Gala Dinner: Evening of 11thJune – £50

Full registration includes:


Admission to all scientific sessions

Admission to the exhibition

Coffee breaks (4) and lunches (2) at the conference venue

Conference material (conference bag, final programme)

Programme and speakers

The Pushing boundaries: Women in Sport and Exercise Conference 2019 aims to provide two days of exciting presentations that will promote discussion and debate around the issues that females face in sport and exercise at all levels, and examine how the industry can innovate, challenge attitudes and push the boundaries that still exist for women in sport.

A draft of the two-day programme is available to download below, along with details of our confirmed speakers.

  • The opening keynote will be delivered by Professor Greg WhyteOBE PhD DSc FBASES FACSM and four times GB Winter Olympian GB Chemmy Alcott on the topic “Exercise and Pregnancy: From Theory to Practice”.
  • The second keynote will be delivered by Kate Richardson-Walsh, GB and England Women’s Hockey Captain and Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Professor Mark De Ste Croixwill be delivering a talk titled “Be careful she’s a girl: Developing robustness and readiness in the female youth athlete”.
  • Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive Officer of UK Anti-Doping will be sharing her experiences of working in a male-dominated sporting world.
  • Dr Richard Burdenwill be discussing the latest developments of the English Institute of Sports ‘SmartHER’ programme, developing the health and performance.support of GB’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
  • Tanya Martin will be sharing Women in Sports latest work on transition to adulthood – ‘re-imagining sport for teenage girls’.



Venue, travel and accommodation
St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Rd, Twickenham, TW1 4SX

Contact Information

We hope that you will find most of the information you are looking for on this website and/or within the links to St Mary’s University website. However, if you have any queries at all, please contact the conference organisers on WISEconference@stmarys.ac.uk

You can also follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all conference developments: @wiseconf

Chair of conference committee

  • Dr Nicola Brown (St Mary’s University)

Conference organising committee

  • Dr Charles Pedlar (St Mary’s University)
  • Dr Jacky Forsyth (Staffordshire University)
  • Dr Claire-Marie Roberts (UWE Bristol)


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