Keynote Presentation 

Sebastian Coe: 

Sebastian Coe has been President of World Athletics (formally International Association of Athletics Federations) since 2015 after serving as a Vice President since 2007. He was elected to become a member of the International Olympic Committee in July 2020.

Sebastian Coe was the former Chairman of the British Olympic Association, as well as Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics. In 2017, he became Chancellor of Loughborough University having previously served as Pro Chancellor of the university.

Athletics Career

Sebastian Coe won Gold in the 1500m and Silver in the 800m at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, a feat that he repeated in Los Angeles in 1984.

In all Sebastian Coe set 12 world records during his athletics career. He retired from competitive athletics in 1990.

          Rasmus Østergaard Nielsen: Footwear, sports injuries and causality – are we running on empty?

Rasmus Østergaard Nielsen works as lecturer in epidemiology and statistics at Aarhus University, Denmark and as senior researcher at the Research Unit for General Practice, Aarhus, Denmark. In addition, he serves as Deputy Editor for BJSM, responsible for the METHODS MATTER educational series, and as Associate Editor for JOSPT. In the past 10 years, his main research focus has been devoted to running-related injuries, running shoes and causal theories underpinning sports injury occurrence. Having no conflicts of interest, Rasmus is known to speak his mind and for being a “statistical Rambo”. Before jumping into scientific endeavors, Rasmus worked in a running shoe store for 7 years and as a physiotherapist dealing with treatment of running-related injuries for 5 years.

Rana Hinman: Footwear to manage knee osteoarthritis: what do we know and where are we going?

Rana Hinman


Rana is a physiotherapist, Professor and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on musculoskeletal health, primarily osteoarthritis, of the lower limb joints. A major area of her research is the development and/or evaluation of non-drug non-surgical treatment strategies for osteoarthritis, in particular exercise and biomechanical interventions such as orthoses and footwear. She conducted many clinical trials, including two large trials of footwear to manage symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Rana is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Physiotherapy.

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