Kate Evans, Sports Therapy Programme Director and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Sports Therapist to Newport Gwent Dragons, is the recipient of the 2017 Society of Sports Therapists Bruce Hobbs Travelling Scholarship Award.
Kate is looking to link up again with Dr Kathryn Schneider, Assistant Professor at the Sports Injury Prevention Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, Canada. Dr Schneider has specialised in the rehabilitation of post concussive symptoms and specifically the effectiveness of cervical and vestibular rehabilitation on persistent sports related concussion symptoms.
On hearing of her success, Kate said:
‘I am honestly in shock at hearing the news and I still can’t quite believe it. I am absolutely thrilled to be this year’s recipient of The Society of Sports Therapists Bruce Hobbs Travelling Scholarship.
‘I was encouraged to apply by last year’s winner Tom Cresswell, and this is an area I am fascinated in, so after meeting Dr Schneider at an In-Service Training Day with the WRU in September I decided to apply. ‘
Working in professional rugby for over 12 seasons, Kate is only too aware of the issues around concussion. She said:
‘Concussion can leave players with debilitating symptoms that persist, and as a medical team – the ‘rest and reintroduce approach’ leaves us all feeling a little helpless.
Dr Schneider’s work in this field has influenced a change in the treatment of sports related concussion. Her current research aims are to develop a better understanding of concussion risk factors, clinical tests and treatment strategies in order to provide a greater understanding of injury prevention and treatment strategies in individuals at risk of, or who have suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
‘I am looking forward to learning from a department experienced in oculomotor and vestibular rehabilitation so that we can do more to help these players recover from their symptoms.’