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Workshops are interactive discussions or demonstrations on a topic or issue in sports injury/illness prevention. These could be related to practical injury prevention programmes (e.g. exercise programmes), skills (e.g. taping, bracing), or methodological issues of particular relevance to researchers in the area. Workshops are informal, intending to give a maximum of 25 attendees a chance to “meet the expert”.


Bodies of gods, teeth of yobs – promoting good oral health in sport


Poor oral health and performance impacts in athletes– what do we know? (10 min)
Ian Needleman (United Kingdom) 

What causes poor oral health in athletes? (10 min)
Julie Gallagher (United Kingdom) 

Screening and preventive interventions: do they lead to improvements? (10 min)
Julie Gallagher (United Kingdom) 

Improving oral health: practical solutions for athletes and the support team (20 min)
Needleman, Gallagher 


Ian Needleman FDS PhD Professor
Department of Sports Medicine
PO Box 2020
London 2020, United Kingdom

Julie Gallagher BDS MSc Dentist and Postgraduate research student 
Department of Sports Medicine
PO Box 2020
London 2020, United Kingdom

Value and significance of the topic and speaker(s)

Poor oral health is becoming recognised as a common problem for athletes. Strikingly, oral diseases represent the most prevalent preventable conditions affecting elite sports participants. Poor oral health has negative impacts on quality of life and recent evidence shows a negative influence on sports training and performance. There are many threats to oral health from sport including; diet, training-induced immunosuppression, access to care, awareness of oral health promotion and poor health behaviours.
This symposium will be a landmark in the field of sports medicine and oralhealth. The aims are to discuss and debate both the scale of the problem of poor oral health and its impact on sport and to identify strategies for preventionof future disease and promotion of excellent oral health.

Professor Ian Needleman leads the research group at the Centre for Oral Health and Performance (COHP), UCL Eastman Dental
Institute, UK. The research includes investigation of the oral health of elite athletes during the London 2012 Olympic Games and in UK Professional Football. The studies have evaluated oral health, the determinants of oral health and impact on training and performance. The Centre collaborates with the UCL Institute for Sport Exercise and Health. Ian has extensive clinical expertise in oral health, clinical research methodology and is an Editor with the Cochrane Collaboration.

Dr Julie Gallagher is a post graduate research student at University College London, UK.  The project continues the research begun at
the London 2012 Olympic Games.   She was a dentist in the special care sector and regularly participated in UK surveys of children’s oral health.  She is also a tutor dentist at the Eastman Dental Hospital Education Centre, training dental therapists and dental hygienists, where previous research included an investigation into Dentists’ knowledge of and attitude towards dental therapists and using student feedback to improve teaching performance.

Brief description of the contents/objective for your workshop (140 characters)

What causes poor oral health in athletes?
Do screening and preventive interventions lead to performance improvements?
We discuss practical solutions.


  • The deadline for workshop submission is 15 September 2019.
  • Workshops will only be accepted via the Internet. NO exceptions will be made for late workshops.
  • The workshop must be written in English. If English is not your first language, please have it reviewed by a language editor.
  • Authors will be informed of the decision of the Scientific Committee by November 2019.

all proposals MUST strictly adhere to the format specified


Title of the workshop

  • Must be a specific title describing the workshop content precisely (catchy)


  • Duration: 40-50 minutes
  • Must include an introduction (Accepted even if there is no introductory lecture title)
  • Include the title for each lecture as well as the related speaker and precise length
  • Number of speakers: minimum 1 – maximum 2

List of speakers

  • Number of speakers: minimum 1 – maximum 2
  • Each speaker must be listed as here below:
    • Name Surname, Title, Academic Degree
    • Email address
    • Mailing Address (Institution/Company, Department, City, Zip Code, Country)

Value and significance of the topic

  • Mandatory description of the value and significance of the topic and speaker(s) to enable the scientific committee to judge the merit of the proposal
  • Length: maximum one page (accepted even if it flows over to next page)
  • No CVs or publication lists for speakers

Brief description of the contents/objective for your workshop

  • Must not exceed 140 characters (think tweet)
  • this will be included in the final programme in addition to the workshop title and name(s) of the speaker(s)