State of the Art 2019

Adaptive Physiology: Extreme Exercise

Tom Evens, Mark Homer & Mel Wilson

This talk from SOA2018 brings adaptive physiology to life. Mel Wilson is an Olympic Rowing Medallist. Watch the Rio race here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paRQ7IgYLhk

Tom Evens is an Emergency Physician at Imperial College Healthcare, and also a consultant in Prehospital Care at Barts Health and London’s Air Ambulance.

He leads the Human Performance workstream at London’s Air Ambulance, and is a convenor of the London Performance Psychology Symposium for the Institute of Prehospital Care.

With a background in the sport of rowing, he has coached elite athletes in Australia and the UK. He has coached a World Cup Silver medal, and his athletes have gone on to win Olympic and World Championship medals. In the course of this work, he developed an interest in sports physiology, performance psychology, and ergonomics.

Tom now works with UK Sport, the FA and other elite organisations to support coaches to apply the performance lessons from successful medical teams to their own work.

Mark Homer - Following a brief career in teaching, Mark has worked for British Rowing for 11 years, supporting the team as a physiologist through 3 Olympic cycles and directly at the Beijing, London and Rio Games. During this time he completed a PhD titled ‘Determinants of Rowing Performance – Implications for Developing Rowers’. He has recently become the Head of High Performance Science & Medicine, tasked with leading the various support services and coordinating the research and innovation strategy in preparation for the Tokyo Games.

Melanie Wilson - is a double Olympian, and won an historic silver medal in the Rio Olympic Games, rowing as part of the women’s eight. She studied medicine alongside her training for both Olympics, and now works at a hospital in North West London, with aspirations to train in anaesthetics. She’s interested in the cross over between sports and medicine, in particular teamwork and performance under pressure. She has presented at conferences focusing on using skills from different industries and applying them to clinical performance.

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