Sportkine 2022
François Delvaux

Master in Physical Education, University of Liege (2001)
Master in Physiotherapy, University of Liege (2003)
PhD Student and assistant at University of Liege with research topics: primary and secondary prevention in lower limb injuries.
Physical trainer for elite badminton players (Ligue Francophone Belge de Badminto) and handball players (Ligue Francophone de Handball)
Freelancer for Sports2-CHU Liège: isokinetic evaluations and reconditioning unit
Sports physiotherapist in liberal practice
Former player of Belgian national badminton team. 

Jean-François Kaux               
Prof. JF Kaux is specialist in physical rehabilitation medicine and sports traumatology, head  of department at CHU and professor at ULiège. He made is PhD on tendinopathies and their treatments, especially on eccentric exercises and platelet rich plasma injections.
He is the coordinator of SportS2, which is a multidisciplinary department dedicated to sports and it is the only structure in the world to have received recognition form 3 world sports bodies, namely: FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Medical Center of Excellence, IOC (International Olympic Committee) Research Center for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, FIMS (International Federation of Sports Medicine) Collaborative Center of Sports Medicine.
 Tom Mertens 


- Sport physiotherapist - Manager Kineworks

- Kine Gambia Scorpions - national soccer team Gambia

- Kine Yellow Arrows - national archery team

- Kine BOIC - Olympic Games 2012, 2016, 2020


- Physiotherapist Belgian Bullets - Belgian bobsleigh team (2016 - 2020)

- Physiotherapist Red Lions - National team field hockey KBHB (2008 - 2018)

James Moore MPhty
St (Manips), MSc Applied Biomech, BSc (Hons), CSCS
James is one of four Founders of The Centre for Health & Human Performance (CHHP,, and holds the position of Clinical Director of Sports & Exercise Medicine
James is currently the Performance Director for Andy Murray Tennis, where he leads the port staff team and works closely with the coaching staff to return the former World number one back to competitive tennis. He is also A founder of a new innovative education company for Physio’s and Sports scientists called The Health Development & Performance Network (
One of the highlights of James’ career, to date, was to be awarded the Deputy Chef de Mission Performance Service for Team GB at the Rio2016 Olympic Games. At the Games he was responsible for leading the whole delegation (c.1200 people); providing the over-arching strategy for all science and medicine for all 28 sports; and had an immediate team of 45 staff, with a wider team of some further 60 practitioners. TeamGB had the most successful Olympic Games in their history, reaching second place on the medal table, and being the first previous home nation to do better at the following away Games. 
He has previously held titles such as Head for Performance for TeamGB and has been instrumental in setting the strategy for the Tokyo Olympic Games; concurrently he was the manager for the Intensive Rehabilitation Unit for the British Olympic Association (BOA), where he lead a team of specialists in dealing with complex recalcitrant problems, a service available for all 2000 athletes nationwide; Head of Medical at Saracens RFC; Consultant Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for UK Athletics for two Olympic cycles(Beijing2008 & London2012); Consultant Physiotherapist for the RFU to the England Men’s Senior team in preparation for RWC2011; Medical team leader for Gloucester County Cricket Club. James has worked with multiple sports throughout the UK, USA and Australia. He completed his bachelor’s at Kings College London in 1996; his Master’s in advanced Physiotherapy at University of Queensland in 2000, where he specialized in the neuro-physiology of pain science; an MSc in Engineering (Applied Biomechanics) at University of Strathclyde in 2005; and has undertaken further post-graduate qualifications in Strength & Conditioning; motor control of movement (kinetic Control); Pilates; and exercise physiology (ACSM). James is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at University College London (UCL) & La Trobe University (Melbourne), where he will look to model the hip joint and assess muscle function in healthy and injured subjects. He currently holds an honorary lecturers’ roles at UCL, and teaches seminars on Muscle injuries in Sport (especially Hamstrings), Sporting Hip and Groin; Sporting Foot & Ankle and Developing Athletic Movement. 

Bruno Tassignon 

CURRENT POSITION: Bruno Tassignon obtained his joint PhD (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) in October 2021. He is currently active as a postdoctoral researcher at the research group Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He also teaches within the program "Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy" (VUB). The themes and topics he teaches are related to "functional training therapy", "epidemiology and health sciences", "rehabilitation training", "sports injury prevention", etc.. In 2015, he obtained his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy from the VUB.

RESEARCH AREA: Bruno's main research interests are (1) improving rehabilitation and return-to-sport decision-making after sports injuries and (2) the interactions between the brain and sports injuries within both the sports injury prevention, rehabilitation, and return-to-sports context.

CURRENT RESEARCH: Bruno's current research addresses how the brain adapts after a ligamentous sports injury. In addition, Bruno contributed, together with Prof. Dr. Romain Meeusen and Dr. Jo Verschueren, to an international Delphi study with the goal of achieving a worldwide accepted consensus statement regarding criteria for return-to-sport decision-making after sustaining an ankle sprain with ligamentous damage.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION/IMPACT: With these new insights, medical doctors, (physio)therapists, athletes and coaches can be better supported in their prevention and rehabilitation policies, as well as in their return-to-sport decision-making process. A better understanding of how the brain adapts following a sports injury can lead to new treatment strategies and a safer return to sport.

Stijn Vereecken

My name is Styn Vereecken, born on July 19th 1974; married with Griet Sinnaeve and father of 3 kids named Per, Finn and Eppo. Currently living in the hilly environment of ‘het Hageland’ around Leuven nearby the Horst Castle’ I completed my studies into physical rehabilitation and physiotherapy at the University of Ghent and fulfilled a master program on Sports Physiotherapy at both the universities of Leuven and Brussels. Since 1998 I’m working as a clinician for the University Hospitals of Leuven (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Sports Medical Advice Centre) and host teacher (practical classes) for the Catholic University of Leuven (Faculty of Physical Education and Rehabilitation Sciences). Besides my clinical interest in (overhead) shoulder rehab, I am passionate and spending most of my time into (youth) volleyball, e.g. load monitoring, injury incidence, physical testing. Being a sport physio in hearth and kidneys I’m honored to be part of the Belgian Olympic Medical team and of course the BFSP.

Thank you all for joining us here today in Brussels and hope to see you all in the near future.

Stay strong and safe!

 Jo Verschueren

Jo Verschueren is part of the Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Jo has been working as Assistant Academic Staff at the research group since 2010 and is, among other things, coordinator of the Master of Science Sports Physical Therapy. His research focuses on injury prevention and the role of fatigue in the development of sports injuries. He is the secretary of the Belgian Federation of Sports Physiotherapy and active member of the International Ankle Consortium & European College of Sports Sciences.

Manu Wemel

Manu Wemel is a belgian sportsphysiotherapist and manual therapist. As the owner of his private practice SQUADT (located in Waregem and Gent) he coaches, together with a team of sportsphysiotherapists, athletes in their rehabilitation, prevention and performance progression.
SQUADT works for several teams, clubs and federations such as KV Kortrijk, BOIC, Zulte - Waregem, Gymfed and the Belgian athletics federation. Manu himself works particularly in football (KV Kortrijk) and cycling where he accompanies the cylists of Deceuninck - Quick-Step Team in their strive for victories all over the world.
As a public speaker he gave already different keynotes and workshops where the focus always lies on a practical implementation of scientific evidence and knowledge.
Erik Witvrouw
Erik Witvrouw is professor at the department of Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Ghent University. He also works as embedded scientist for Liverpool Football Club. His main area of research is prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries in sports. He authored almost 200 SCI publications in international peer reviewed journals and obtained funding for more than 40 scientific and corporate service projects. He has won more than 10 National and International awards in the field of Sports Medicine, and has been keynote lecturer and invited lecturer at many international congresses (>200). He received more than 20 grants from National and International funding.