Problem solving: Learning from wheelchair rugby

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Edward Baker

This talk has two themes; the problem-solving approach to physical preparation used in the 2016 Rio Cycle for the GB Wheelchair Rugby Team and the application of current advances in neurological rehabilitation to the S&C coach working across all sports. The material will explore S&C delivery for a decentralised squad with a range of severe impairments, playing a concurrent team sport with minimal resources. Edward will also draw on his experience in neurological rehabilitation to present examples of optimising nervous system performance for all athlete groups. BIOG: Edward Baker graduated from Middlesex University with an MSc in Strength and Conditioning in 2010. He worked for Performance Hertfordshire at the University of Hertfordshire followed by a stint at the English Institute of Sport where he led first the GB Wheelchair Rugby and later the England Netball programmes. Since the beginning, his S&C career has been marked by a passion for Paralympic Sport. In 2017 he joined Neurokinex, a non-profit organisation providing specialist rehabilitation for spinal injuries. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire and UWE in Bristol, spanning both S&C and rehabilitation modules.