Tackling Rugby Knee Injuries Head On

With the Rugby World Cup keeping us glued to our screens (because England are going to win of course) and amateur rugby season well underway more people are taking up the sport than ever.

Unfortunately, however, knee injuries in rugby are extremely common, and pretty much everyone involved in the sport will know someone who’s had some kind of knee injury or knee surgery. It’s the nature of the game – high energy, full contact, hard impact. These big and strong players are literally smashing themselves to bits.

Mr Ian McDermott, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at London Sports Orthopaedics, has therefore designed this evening course to explore the different types of knee injury that can be sustained from rugby, ranging from small things, like a minor sprain of the MCL, to major injuries such as an ACL tear. We will also discuss higher energy injuries, where it’s actually possible to tear multiple ligaments and even dislocate the whole knee joint, which can be catastrophic.

Mr McDermott will discuss how we can ‘save the knee’ when faced with this sort of injury, including the most modern treatment options now available.


Over the course of the evening we will discuss:

  • Minimising the risk of injury
  • Types of injury seen
  • When to be worried and when to refer on
  • The value of imaging
  • The most up-to-date surgical treatment options
  • When to return to play
  • Case examples and discussions


Ian McDermott

Consultant Knee Surgeon | London & South East

Ian is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising purely in just knees. Ian left the NHS in 2007 and in 2008 he founded London Sports Orthopaedics practice, which is now one of the UK’s leading private orthopaedic and sports injuries practices.

Ian specialises in complex knee cases, and about 50% of his caseload is 2nd (3rd, or umpteenth!) opinions, complex multiple reconstructions or complex revision cases.

Ian was the youngest ever surgeon to be elected as a Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Since 2004 has been an Honorary Professor Associate in the School of Sport & Education at Brunel University. He is also the founder and the current President of the UK Biological Knee Society.

Ian has pioneered the use the custom-made knees in the UK, and he was the first surgeon in the UK to implant a Conformis custom-made prosthesis. Ian is now part of the UK Surgical Visitation Program for Conformis, with London Bridge Hospital being a designated Training Centre for teaching UK surgeons the techniques for implanting custom-made knees.

Contact details:
Medical Secretary: Ellie Finch
Tel: 020 7496 3553
Email: mcdermott.admin@sportsortho.co.uk
Website: www.sportsortho.co.uk

What's included

Admission to course, 2 hours CPD, speaker's handout, tea and coffee on arrival, light refreshments during interval & Certificate of Attendance.

Who should attend

Chiropractors,Osteopaths,Physiotherapists,Podiatrists,Sports Therapists,Radiographers,Occupational Therapists,GP

Date and time

Tuesday 22nd October

19:00 - 21:00


Ian McDermott

Consultant Knee Surgeon


London Bridge Hotel

London Bridge Street, London



£ 39 + VAT


Spaces available

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