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Education day 2018

"Seth O’Neill was superb!"

Managing tendinopathy -  should you use isometric, eccentric or concentric loading?  Every day or alternate days? How heavy? To stretch or not to stretch? And are we treating the symptoms or the driver? What are the risk factors, and just what is going on in the tendon? To answer these questions, hear the latest evidence and practical management from physiotherapist Seth O’Neill; lecturer, researcher and clinician.

Improve your clinical outcomes and be confident in marketing your skills with this comprehensive overview.

Seth had previously presented this course as part of our central education programme in 2017 with positive comments from the delegates. The below review has been written by our Midlands Regional Officer Susannah:

He was a great tutor, with impressive knowledge of the topic and dispelled quite a few myths! I did a tendinopathy course with Pete Malliaris a couple of years ago, and heard Jill cooke speak at conference last year so I was feeling quite up to speed, but this was even better - and will change what I do in the clinic tomorrow. You know a course was good when you think back over patients you didn't feel quite met their potential and you wish you could call them back and treat them again with your new knowledge!


Course aims

The training session will utilise a mix of teaching styles – problem based learning, lectures, seminars, brain storming, practical workshops and background reading.

This course aims to bring the science and art of managing people with tendinopathy together and will lead to greater:

  • Understanding of the aetiology of tendinopathy - tensile and compressive loads
  • Awareness of Pain and tendinopathy - considering the evidence and the patient
  • Awareness of risk factors for tendinopathy and how to target these.
  • Understanding of treatment options - particularly loading and load management
  • Clinical skills necessary for successful tendinopathy treatment - managing the person not the disease
  • Understanding of why can management fail and how to prevent this


Enhance and improve your clinical management of lower limb tendinopathies which will improve the patient experience and outcome.

The knowledge gained from this course will improve the clinical outcomes achievable with patients suffering lower limb tendinopathy. This will allow practitioners to broaden their network of referrers to sports clubs, athletic groups, and general practice patients.


Seth is a Physiotherapy Lecturer and PhD Student at the University of Leicester. Seth’s PhD is entitled ‘A Biomechanical Approach to Achilles Tendinopathy management’ within this Seth has identified prevalence rates of tendinopathy in UK runners and developed a greater understanding of risk factors surrounding Achilles tendinopathy. His later work has completed a more in-depth analysis of how tendinopathy affects the Plantarflexors. This has focussed on how the strength and endurance is affected and which of the Plantarflexors is most involved. This work has highlighted the involvement of the Soleus. His current work is attempting to understand how important this may be in the development and treatment of tendinopathy.  His long term aim is the development of a more optimal rehabilitation strategy for tendinopathy.  

Price/additional course information

Member: £165

Non-member: £195

Book online for an additional £10 discount on the above rates.

Your ticket includes

  • Course entry
  • Certificate
  • Manual
  • Refreshments, unlimited snacks and healthy buffet lunch
  • Exclusive first entry to the exhibition hall at 16.30hrs


The EMCC has ample parking available onsite however if parking outside of the main car park, a permit will be required to ensure a parking ticket isn't received. These can be obtained from the Conference Centre check-in desk or at The Orchard Hotel reception free of charge. The University has a number of various car parks across the site which can be used for parking.

Further reading


Tendinopathy—Update on Pathophysiology

Authors: Alex Scott, Ludvig Backman, Cathy Speed

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther:1-39. Epub 21 Sep 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5884

Posted online on 21 Sep 2015.

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Tendinopathy: Is Imaging Telling Us the Entire Story?

Authors: Sean I. Docking, Chin C. Ooi, David Connell

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther:1-27. Epub 21 Sep 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5880

Posted online on 21 Sep 2015.

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A Proposed Return to Sport Program for Patients With Midportion Achilles Tendinopathy: Rationale and Implementation

Authors: Karin Grävare Silbernagel, Kay M. Crossley

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther:1-42. Epub 21 Sep 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5885

Posted online on 21 Sep 2015.

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Evidence of Nervous System Sensitization in Commonly Presenting and Persistent Painful Tendinopathies: A Systematic Review

Authors: Melanie L. Plinsinga, Michel S. Brink, Bill Vicenzino, Paul van Wilgen

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther:1-34. Epub 21 Sep 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5895

Posted online on 21 Sep 2015.

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Patellar Tendinopathy: Clinical Diagnosis, Load Management, and Advice for Challenging Case Presentations

Authors: Peter Malliaras, Jill Cook, Craig Purdam, Ebonie Rio

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther:1-33. Epub 21 Sep 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5987

Posted online on 21 Sep 2015.

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Gluteal Tendinopathy: Pathomechanics and Implications for Assessment and Management

Authors: Alison Grimaldi, Angela Fearon

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther:1-41. Epub 17 Sep 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5829

Posted online on 17 Sep 2015.

AbstractPDF (1278 KB)PDF Plus (1351 KB) 

Event Timetable

Time Topic
09:15 - 11:00 Aetiology of tendinopathy – the clinical relevance
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee and questions
11:30 - 13:00 Clinical diagnosis
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 - 15:10 Practical management (measuring and monitoring care)
15:10 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00 Adjuncts – imaging, taping, ECSWT, orthotics and injections
17:00 - 17:31 Course Close

Venue Information

East Midlands Conference Centre

EMCC, University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RJ

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