A Masterclass in....


Learn about the how to prevent and rehabilitate head and neck injuries in rugby with our half-day master-class run by an elite multi-disciplinary team encompassing medical, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning expertise.  CPD accredited with small groups.  Course booklet provided.  For club-level physiotherapy, S&C and medical staff.


You will learn:

  • Key strategies you can implement at your club to help prevent head and neck injuries 

  • The importance of objective data in the prevention and management of head and neck injuries.

  • A unique perspective from an elite professional rugby player who was rehabilitated from a severe neck injury and returned to Premiership rugby winning the Premiership and European Champions Cup. 

Introductory Price: £80



Physiotherapist & Founder of Gatherer Systems 

Ex physio to Team GB Olympic team & England Rugby.  Don is the founder of Gatherer Systems and has performed thousands of cervical assessments.  Having published numerous articles in peered reviewed journals and co-authored book chapters, Don is a world-leading expert in the rehabilitation and prevention of neck injuries.


Medical doctor & medical director of Gatherer Systems

A fully qualified medial doctor and general practitioner.  Dr Perry is the medical director of Gatherer Systems and engages with leading healthcare professionals and have worked on projects in concussion in sport, whiplash and multiple sclerosis.  Dr Perry has published in multiple peer reviewed medical journals, co-authored a book chapter about neck training and recently presented at the largest sports medicine conference in the world.


Formula One Strength & Conditioning Coach & Founder of PAP

Jon Malvern is a world leading strength and conditioning coach and exercise physiologist.  He is the S&C coach to Formula One driver Lando Norris and works regularly works with motor-sport athletes at the highest level.  He is the owner and founder of a successful strength and condition company PAP and has co-authored book chapters and published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.


Professional Rugby Player, physiotherapist & scrum coach for Glasgow Warriors

Petrus is a professional rugby player, physiotherapist and scrum coach for Glasgow Warriors.  Whilst at Saracens, he won three Premiership titles in 2011, 2015 and 2016 and two European Cup titles.  Petrus suffered a career threatening cervical injury while playing for Saracens and will share his journey from near retirement to returning to play at the highest level.


08:30 - 9:15/

Arrival and Introduction

Arrival between 08:30 to 09:00 with introductions between 09:00 to 09:15

9:15 - 09:45/

Anatomy & Physiology of the Neck 

Dr Angus Perry

10:00 - 10:30/

An Overview to Prevention & Rehabilitation of Cervical Injuries in Rugby

Dr Angus Perry

10:40 - 11:00/

Rehabilitation of a Career-threatening Cervical injury - A Player's Perspective

Petrus Du Plessis

11:25 - 11:55/

Neck profiling & training in motor-sport - Learning from other sports

Jon Malvern

11:55 - 12:25/

Neck profiling & training in Rugby

Don Gatherer

12:25 - 13:30

The role of data in injury prevention and rehabilitation

Don Gatherer

13:30 - 14:30

Questions & Networking

Close at 14:30

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