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Dr Liam West

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Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar
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Olympic Park Campus
BSc, MBBCh, MSc

Bio

After years of being frustrated by the use of excessive medications and operations in the hospital system, Dr Liam West embarked upon a full-time career in Sport & Exercise Medicine. He has a passion for using targeted exercises and active rehabilitation methods to return patients of all ages and abilities/disabilities to their physical activity or sporting goals after musculoskeletal injury.

After completing a Sports Science degree with first class honours, Dr Liam West graduated in Medicine from Cardiff University (Wales, UK) in 2013. He then worked in Oxford for two years as a junior doctor and during this period completed a Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine. He developed his passion for Sports Medicine working in various environments including as Team Doctor for the U16 England Football (Soccer) team, at the Cerebral Palsy Soccer World Cup and for Birmingham City Ladies FC in the Premier League. In 2015 Liam moved to Melbourne in order to pursue specialist training in Sport & Exercise Medicine. He now works for Hawthorn FC, VIC Country AFL Academy, Melbourne Victory. Furthermore, in 2018 he worked at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In addition to these extensive clinical experiences, Dr Liam West has led UK & European-wide Sports Medicine committees, is a Senior Associate Editor for British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) and in 2017 was elected the President of the Victorian Council of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA). He has multiple publications in respected medical journals, has presented at several international conferences and produces regular BJSM podcasts & blogs with experts from around the world in Sport & Exercise Medicine.

Dr Liam West continues to practice what he preaches, after a (relatively) successful semi-professional soccer career in the UK he has now taken up Aussie Rules, playing for the University Blues in the VAFA as an erratic small forward. Otherwise, at the weekend he can be found jogging around the Botanical Gardens before grabbing a coffee with friends.

Qualifications

2018
Masters of Sport & Exercise Medicine (MSc), Cardiff Metropolitan, UK
2013
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh), Cardiff University, UK
2011
Bachelor of Sports Science (BSc, 1st class hours), Bangor University, UK

Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations

  • Doctor,  Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (2018)
  • Doctor, Hawthorn AFL Football Club (2017-Present)
  • Chief Medical Officer, Box Hill VFL Football Club (2017-Present)
  • President, Victorian Council of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) (2017-Present)
  • Team Doctor, Melbourne University Elite Sport Programme, AUG (2017)
  • Team Doctor, Melbourne Victory Women’s Football Club (2016-Present)
  • Medical Officer, Melbourne Victory National Youth League, visiting A-League teams (2016-Present)
  • Team Doctor, Victorian AFL Country Under 16s (2016-Present)
  • Chief Medical Officer, Williamstown VFL Football Club (2016-2017)
  • Medical Officer, Port Melbourne, Coburg & Sandringham VFL Football Clubs (2016)
  • Senior Associate Editor & Medical Education Lead, British Journal of Sports Medicine (2015-Present)
  • Team Doctor, University Blues Football Club Doctor (2015-2016)
  • Team Doctor, England Football (Soccer) U16 Team (International) (2015)
  • Medical Officer, Cerebral Palsy Football (Soccer) World Cup (International) (2015)
  • Medical Officer, Derby Country U21 Football (Soccer) Club (2015)
  • Medical Officer, Colchester United Football (Soccer) Club (2015)
  • Medical Officer, British University Colleges – Cross Country (2015)
  • Team Doctor, Birmingham City Ladies Football (Soccer) Club (Premier League) (2014-2015)
  • Medical Officer, Point-to-Point Amateur Horse Racing (2014-2015)
  • Medical Officer, WTF Taekwondo (2013)

Research / Publications

West, L. R., Griffin, S., Weiler, R., Win, K., & Ahmed, O. H. (2017). Under utilisation of concussion assessment tools by sports clinicians working in cerebral palsy football. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 20(3), 32. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2017.09.255
Nambiar, M., West, L. R., & Bingham, R. (2017). AO Surgery Reference: a comprehensive guide for management of fractures. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51, 545-546
Griffin, S., West, L.R., Ahmed, O.H., & Weiler, R. (2017). Concussion knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs amongst sports medicine personnel at the 2015 cerebral palsy football world championships, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51:325. http://bit.ly/2v9pvn0
West, L.R., Griffin, S., Weiler, R., & Ahmed, O. H. (2017). Management of concussion in disability sport: a different ball game? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51, 1050-1051
West, L. R., & Griffin, S. (2016). Sport and exercise medicine in the UK: what juniors should know to get ahead. British Journal of Sports Medicine, bjsports-2016-096631 Published Online First: 8 October 2016 http://bit.ly/2wsIbSP
West, L. R. (2015). Strava: challenge yourself to greater heights in physical activity/cycling and running. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49, 1024
West, L. R., Malliaropoulos, N., & De Jonge, S. (2014). ECOSEP: Bringing the European SEM family together. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 1585
Haswell, O., West, L. R., Savill, B., Whitham, R., & Martin, R. (2014). The effect of British summer time on outdoor physical activity. The Lancet, Meeting Abstracts, Volume 384, S35
Fortes, M. B., Di Felice, U., Dolci, A., Junglee N. A., Crockford, M. J., West, L. R., Hillier-Smith, R., Macdonald, J. H. and Walsh, P. (2013). Muscle damaging exercise increases heat strain during subsequent exercise heat stress. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(10), 1915-24
West, L. R. (2013). Sport and exercise medicine in the undergraduate curriculum. Are we inspiring the next generation of sport and exercise medicine doctors and helping them overcome the barriers they face getting into the specialty? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(11), 664-5 http://bit.ly/2vTqZ7w

Professional Conference Presentations

  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) National Conference, Langkawi, Malaysia – Under Utilisation of concussion assessment tools by sports clinicians working in cerebral palsy football – Other authors; Dr S. Griffin, Mr. O. Ahmed, Dr. R. Weiler & Dr. K. Win – 2017
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness In Sport, Monaco – Concussion knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs amongst sports medicine personnel at the 2015 cerebral palsy football world championships – Other authors; Dr. S. Griffin, Mr. O. Ahmed, Dr. R. Weiler & Dr. K. Win – 2017
  • European Public Health Conference, Glasgow – The effect of British summer time on outdoor physical activity – Other authors; Mr O. Haskell, Drs B. Savill, R. Whitham and R. Martin – 2014
  • Healthy Ageing Wales Conference – British Daylight Savings Time and Physical Activity – Other authors; Mr O. Haskell, Drs B. Savill, R. Whitham and R. Martin – 2014
  • BASEM/ FSEM Annual Conference 2014 – The effect of British daylight time savings on outdoor physical activity – Other authors; Mr Owen Haskell, Drs B. Savill, R. Whitham and R. Martin – 2014
  • UKSEM 2011 Conference – The effect of inflammation following exercise induced muscle damage on subsequent thermoregulation during exercise heat stress – 2011

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