Sports Performance & Prevention Conference receives endorsement again for 2019

The standing of the already highly-regarded Sports Performance and Prevention Conference has just been raised considerably after receiving official endorsement from The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).


The RNZCGP is a professional body and postgraduate educational institute that sets standards for general practice, as well as providing research, assessment, ongoing education, advocacy and support for general practitioners. In addition to giving its official endorsement, the illustrious college has also approved the Sports Performance and Prevention Conference for up to 6 CME credits each, for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

In further exciting news, the Sports Performance and Prevention Conference organisers – who are running the event in collaboration with ACC SportSmart and New Zealand Football’s Fit4Football programme – have announced three additional speakers to the impressive line-up of both nationally and internationally-acclaimed industry experts, all of whom will provide a valuable learning and sharing opportunity.

Dr Dan Exeter, Dr Mark Fulcher and Duncan Reid have all been added to what is now a nine-strong line-up that also includes Mick Hughes, Dr Tim Gabbett, Stacy T Sims Phd, Matt Whalan, Dr John Sampson and Sharon Kearney.

Of the new additions, Dr Dan Exeter is a Sport and Exercise Physician based at Axis Sports Medicine Specialists and the HPSNZ Training Centre. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Medical Director for Athletics New Zealand (High Performance) and was one of the doctors with the New Zealand team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games. He has previously worked with the Hawthorn Australian rules football club, a role which culminated in an AFL Premiership in 2013. He has worked in rugby for Counties Manukau and the Chiefs, and as a tournament physician at the tennis ASB Classic. He has active research interests in the areas of injury prevention and cardiac screening of athletes. He is a reviewer for Heart Journal and is also interested in physician-performed ultrasound.

Duncan Reid is a Professor of Physiotherapy and Associate Dean of Health in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. He has had 37 years of clinical experience in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy. His main areas of interest are Sports Injury Incidence, Prevention and Movement Screening. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy and a life member of NZMPA and Physiotherapy NZ. Duncan’s experience in Sports Physiotherapy is also extensive. He was a member of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games medical team from 1988 until the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and was Chief Physiotherapist for the 1992, 1994 and 1996 Games. He is also the Physiotherapy Advisor for High Performance Sport NZ. He has over 200 peer review journal and book publications and is on the editorial panel of the Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, Manual and Manipulative Therapy journals and the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

Dr Mark Fulcher is a Sport and Exercise Physician at Axis. Since graduating from medical school in 2001, he has worked extensively in sports medicine and is especially interested in injury prevention and the treatment of concussion. He works closely with ACC and is part of their Sports Collaboration Group which recently released the Concussion Service Guidelines for medical providers in New Zealand. Mark is also the Medical Director at New Zealand Football and is currently the doctor for the All Whites and Football Ferns, joining the latter for their 2016 Rio Olympic Games campaign. He was formerly the Medical Director of the ITU World Championship Triathlon event and Medical Director at Netball NZ, including being the team doctor for the Silver Ferns. He is currently the team doctor for the Northern Mystics netball team and has the position of lead Tournament Physician at the upcoming ASB Classic men’s and women’s tennis tournaments.

Those wanting to hear from the world-class line up of speakers should get in promptly as the Sports Performance and Prevention Conference sold out last year. Early bird tickets for the 2019 edition are still available and can be purchased by clicking here

‘The Everyday Athlete’ will be the central theme for the conference in 2019. With presentations focused around sports performance, injury prevention, the female athlete, coach responsibility and health and wellbeing within sport, ensuring the everyday athlete plus our sportsmen and women remain in the game, playing and performing well.

With an overall underlying approach to player welfare, health, well-being and development, the conference organisers welcome the likes of high performance and athlete development personnel, strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists and sports physicians, through to community sport and coaching personnel within national and regional sports and governing bodies, across all sporting codes.

For more information please visit the Sports Performance and Prevention Conference website at

Sports Performance and Prevention Conference: The Everyday Athlete

AUT North Campus, 90 Akoranga Dr, Northcote, Auckland

8:30am - 5:30pm, Saturday 16 February 2019

For more information please email

For early bird tickets please click here