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Dr Ross Wadey speaks at inaugural AFAP UK conference

Roehampton’s Dr Ross Wadey was invited to speak at the inaugural Association of Foot and Ankle Physiotherapists.

Posted: 30 April 2013

Roehampton’s Dr Ross Wadey was invited to speak at the inaugural Association of Foot and Ankle Physiotherapists (AFAP) conference on Saturday [27 April].

The event, held at St Mary’s Hospital, London brought together leading physiotherapists who have a special interest in foot and ankle musculoskeletal problems.

The focus of this event was differential diagnosis of orthopaedic problems and metabolic bone disorders (including stress fractures and sport injuries) and encouraging research.


Ross’s presentation was titled Positive Psychology of Rehabilitation. Drawing from “real-world” accounts (e.g., media coverage and applied consultancy experiences) that have gone on to inform research, his presentation introduced exciting and innovative approaches to rehabilitation.

Ross explained that the focus needed to change; rather than concentrating solely on the negative cognitive, emotional, and behavioural consequences that often follow injury, researchers and practitioners should be encouraged to, be mindful of, and account for positive subjective experiences, positive individual traits and positive resources in the environment.


Embracing a more balanced approach will not only help to provide a more complete picture of the sport injury experience, but also offer new insights into expediting recovery and promoting positive rehabilitation outcomes.

Ross said: “I was delighted to speak at the AFAP conference and to be able to share my work with my peers. The event allowed me to present a positive approach to rehabilitation and to also raise awareness of the research and on-going work being conducted at Roehampton.”

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