Many of you will know that Health Partners Europe, a sister company of SEMPRIS, works extensively with elite sports clubs up and down the country – including over 95% of all professional footballers and cricketers in England and Wales, as well as amateur and semi-professional athletes from nearly 100 other sporting disciplines.

It is through this work that we are becoming increasingly aware of more expansive due diligence being undertaken by clubs before appointing doctors and other medical providers.

One of the concerns is the nature and level of indemnity cover that each appointee has in place – and where this is lacking, there have been instances of contract cancellations.

SEMPRIS is widely recognised as the gold standard when it comes to indemnity, so we are pleased to advise that our members should not experience any issues if their indemnity is checked as part of a wider due diligence process.

If you have any suggestions for resources, studies or events for inclusion in future bulletins, please do let us know.

Research, Articles and Podcasts


SARS-CoV-2 – Long-term cardiac follow-up of athletes after resumption of elite-level sports

Sport Preparticipation Screening – Causes of sudden cardiac arrest and death in children

Syncope – Ventricular arrhythmia triggered by electronic gaming

Eyes And The Heart – What a clinician should know


Plantar Vein Thrombosis – An easily overlooked condition in the differential diagnosis of foot pain

Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) – Novel low-dose X-ray imaging technique enables visualisation of anatomy in motion.


Primary Shoulder Stiffness – A high level of scientific evidence is available to guide treatment: The SIAGASCOT consensus

Hypermobile Shoulders – One-year effectiveness of high-load compared with low-load strengthening exercise on self-reported function in patients: a secondary analysis from a randomised controlled trial

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – Posterior lateral arthrodesis as a treatment option: safety and early clinical outcomes–peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-JPR

Low Back Pain – The clinical course of acute, subacute and persistent low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Gluteal Tendinopathy – ICON 2020—International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium Consensus: the development of a core outcome set

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction – Aspetar clinical practice guideline on rehabilitation

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction – Sustainability studies in orthopaedic surgery: The carbon footprint of depends on graft choice

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction – Outcomes with independently tensioned suture tape augmentation at 5-year follow-up

Patellofemoral Pain – Influence of foot strike patterns and cadences on patellofemoral joint stress in male runners

Patellofemoral Instability – Towards a better understanding

Football Injuries Of The Ankle: A review of injury mechanisms, diagnosis and management


Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapies – Use for athletes and physically active individuals: a systematic review

Foam Rolling And Stretching – Do not provide superior acute flexibility and stiffness improvements compared to any other warm-up intervention: A systematic review with meta-analysis

First Injury In Athletics – Understanding its effect on dropout from sport: an online survey on 544 high-level youth and junior athletics (track and field) athletes

Biomarkers To Diagnose Concussion – Response to blog

Concussion Battery Testing – Musculoskeletal injury or Sports-Related Concussion (SRC) in a season of rugby union does not affect performance in university-aged student-athletes

Sex Difference In Concussion Recovery – Study finds no difference among college athletes

Para Athlete Mental Health – Evaluating workforce needs: an investigation of healthcare professionals’ attitudes, beliefs and preparedness towards the management of mental health at the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games

Injury and Illness Rates in Paralympic Athletes – 2022 Beijing Winter Games

Mental Health – Depression and anxiety-related disorders and suicide among Swedish male elite football players: a nationwide cohort study

Multiple Knee Surgeries – Physical and emotional impact

Bootstrapping – Adding confidence to our injury burden estimates: is bootstrapping the solution?

Prep-to-Play PRO – If we build it together, will they use it? A mixed-methods study evaluating the implementation of the injury prevention programme for women’s elite Australian Football

Sarcopenia and the SARC-F: Is it the most important screening that you aren’t doing?

Prostate Cancer Incidence – Links to change in cardiorespiratory fitness


Some websites, podcasts and resources you might find useful:

The Reading Room Podcast –

Heart Podcast

Science of the Heart  – Chapter 01: Heart-Brain Communication,  HeartMath Institute

Heart Podcast – Is it safe to resume elite level sport after Covid-19? A discussion with Dr Juliette van Hattum

Dance Med Spotlight – Interview with Alexander McKinven

Surgical Goals – Sports Injuries Podcast


The 7th IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, 29th February – 2nd March 2024; Monaco

The Women in Sport Congress 2024, 6th -9th March 2024; Sydney and online

AI Congress 2024 | Augmentation and Automation, Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd March 2024; IET Savoy Place, London

ECOSEP2024 CONFERENCE: The future of Sports and Exercise Medicine: start strong, return stronger,  25th – 27th  April 2024; MOVE Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Football Medicine: Bridging Science and Practice, 25th – 27th May 2024; Civitas Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid

5th European Summit on Cardiology, June 20–21, 2024;  Dublin, Ireland

ESBiomech 2024: 29th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, 30th June – 3rd July 2024; Edinburgh

Do let us know your feedback, and any suggestions you have for websites, apps or networks for inclusion in future bulletins.

DISCLAIMER: Horizons is intended as a helpful round-up for members of potentially interesting articles/opinions that have been shared online. SEMPRIS are not qualified to make/infer any clinical judgements, and the inclusion of content, events and resources does not imply endorsement.

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