Debbie Palmer

debbie palmer

Dr Debbie Palmer

Associate Professor

Biography

I am a lecturer in sports injury and illness epidemiology and prevention. My areas of research interest are focussed on athlete health and include elite athlete injury and illness prevention, as well as the longer term consequences of joint injury and osteoarthritis in both elite and general sporting population. I have conducted contracted research work with a variety of National and international funding and governing institutions such as the World Olympians Association, English Rugby Football Union (RFU), the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), Arthritis Research UK, UK Sport, Enduro World Series (EWS) mountain biking, the English and Scottish Institutes of Sport, and Great Britain National Governing Bodies of Sport e.g. British Cycling, Swimming, Canoeing, Judo.

I am a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical and Scientific Research expert games group (London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020), Honorary Associate Member of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport Exercise and Osteoarthritis, and Honorary Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham.

Themes

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of the International Olympic Committee Medical and Science Research Group Games committee (London 2012; Sochi 2014; Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018)

 

Conference Activity

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) Annual conference
  • International Olympic Committee Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport Conference
  • Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • PhD thesis examiner. Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Nicola Sewry - The effectiveness and implementation of the BokSmart Safe Six Injury Prevention Programme
  • MSc thesis examiner. Oriel College, University of Oxford. Morgan Baynham - Self-reported Pain and Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Spine in Retired Elite Rowers

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Associate Member
  • Honorary Assistant Professor

 

Invited Speaker

  • PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games NOC Chief Medical Officer medical meeting
  • 9th International Sport Science and Sports Medicine Conference
  • 8th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain – Dubai. Oct 2013. Methods for epidemiological study of lumbar spine injury and pain in Great Britain Olympic Sport: The Injury/Illness Performance Project (IIPP) (invited speaker) 
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine for London 2012,RSM, London.
  • Home Country Institute annual meeting (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). The IIPP: In Games Surveillance (invited speaker)
  • International Conv on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) – Glasgow Jul 2012 Symposium - UK Sport/EIS Injury/Illness Performance Project (IIPP): surveillance model. (invited speaker)
  • International Olympic Committee Prevention of Injury and Illness is Sport Conference – Monaco. The Injury/Illness Performance Project: Longitudinal surveillance in British Cycling, British Skeleton and British Short Track Speed Skating (posters)
  • Football Association (FA) Annual Medical Conference. Daventry. Jul 2010. Epidemiology of Football injuries (invited speaker)
  • World Congress on Sports Injury Prevention, Tromso Norway. Jun 2008 An epidemiological study of injuries within English academy and schools youth rugby union.
  • UK Sport World Class Performance Conference – Hindsight, Insight, Foresight - London. Collecting Information: The Injury/Illness Performance Project (invited speaker)
  • Paralympic UK High Performance Medical Conference 2013 . London 2012 Olympic Surveillance Programme: data collection or real performance impact? (invited speaker)
  • Orthopaedic & Sport Medicine Annual Conference: Royal Society of Medicine, London. Nov 2010. Injury and Illness Prevention in Elite Athletes. (invited speaker)

 

Media Activity

  • Pinkbike - 6 key facts from the EWS health study
  • World Olympians Association retired Olympian musculoskeletal health study (ROMHS) BBC Sport
  • Retired Olympians Musculoskeletal Health Study (ROMHS)
  • World Olympians Association Retired Olympian Musculoskeletal Health Study
  • Enduro World Series
  • Enduro World Series mountain bike rider medical study
  • BBC radio Nottingham - Dessert Island Disks (May 2015)
  • BBC radio Nottingham - Sochi 2014 Olympic Games Injury/illness surveillance research with the International Olympic committee (Feb 2014)
  • BASES - The Sport and Exercise Scientist (Spring 2013, p24-25) http://www.bases.org.uk/write/Documents/BASES_35__1754-3452.pdf
  • The Guardian: supplement – Elite athletes push the frontiers of pain (8th February 2013)
  • The Times: The road to 2012 – The system that can add insight to injury (2011)
  • Great Britain Olympians Injury and Osteoarthritis Study (2014); Inspire Arthritis Care Magazine.http://www.inspirearthritiscare.org.uk/features/giving-exercise-a-sporting-chance

 

Reviewing

  • Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
  • British Medical Journal online
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine PLOS one
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • International Journal of Sports Medicine

 

Date


25 results

The usage of multidisciplinary physical therapies at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: an observational study

Journal Article
Grant, M., Steffen, K., & Palmer, D. (in press)
The usage of multidisciplinary physical therapies at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: an observational study. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjpt.2020.06.001
Objective: To describe the usage of physical therapies services –physiotherapy, osteopath, chiropractic, and sports massage –by athletes and non-athletes at the Rio 2016 Olymp...

Sports injury and illness incidence in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games: a prospective study of 2914 athletes from 92 countries

Journal Article
Soligard, T., Palmer, D., Steffen, K., Dias Lopes, A., Grant, M., Kim, D., …Engebretsen, L. (in press)
Sports injury and illness incidence in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games: a prospective study of 2914 athletes from 92 countries. British Journal of Sports Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2018-100236
Objective: To describe the incidence of injuries and illnesses sustained during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, hosted by PyeongChang on 9-25 February 2018. Methods: We recor...

EWS Concussion Pocket Guide

Report
Palmer, D. (2019)
EWS Concussion Pocket Guide. Enduro World Series

Enduro Mountain Bike Medical Study

Report
Palmer, D. (2019)
Enduro Mountain Bike Medical Study. Enduro World Series

EWS Concussion pocket guide for riders

Report
Palmer, D. (2019)
EWS Concussion pocket guide for riders. Enduro World Series

Factors associated with pain and osteoarthritis at the hip and knee in Great Britain’s Olympians: a cross-sectional study

Journal Article
Cooper, D. J., Scammell, B. E., Batt, M. E., & Palmer, D. (2018)
Factors associated with pain and osteoarthritis at the hip and knee in Great Britain’s Olympians: a cross-sectional study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2017-098315
Background: As the first step towards prevention of musculoskeletal disease among elite athletes, knowledge of epidemiology and modifiable risk factors is needed. Aim: This ...

Development and validation of self-reported line drawings of the modified Beighton score for the assessment of generalised joint hypermobility

Journal Article
Cooper, D. J., Scammell, B. E., Batt, M. E., & Palmer, D. (2018)
Development and validation of self-reported line drawings of the modified Beighton score for the assessment of generalised joint hypermobility. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 18(11), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-017-0464-8
Background: The impracticalities and comparative expense of carrying out a clinical assessment is an obstacle in many large epidemiological studies. The purpose of this study ...

Sports injury and illness incidence in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: A prospective study of 11274 athletes from 207 countries

Journal Article
Soligard, T., Steffen, K., Palmer, D., Alonso, J. M., Bahr, R., Lopes, A. D., …Engebretsen, L. (2017)
Sports injury and illness incidence in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: A prospective study of 11274 athletes from 207 countries. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(17), 1265-1271. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2017-097956
Objective: To describe the pattern of injuries and illnesses sustained during the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, hosted by Rio de Janeiro from 5 to 21 August2016. Methods: We re...

Preventative risk factors for osteoarthritis in Great Britain's Olympians

Journal Article
Cooper, D., Batt, M., Scammell, B., & Palmer-Green, D. (2017)
Preventative risk factors for osteoarthritis in Great Britain's Olympians. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(4), 308. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2016-097372.64

Great Britain's Olympians with generalised joint hypermobility have a higher prevalence of knee osteoarthritis.

Journal Article
Cooper, D. J., Scammell, B. E., Batt, M. E., & Palmer-Green, D. (2016)
Great Britain's Olympians with generalised joint hypermobility have a higher prevalence of knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 24(Sup. 1), S218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2016.01.421
Purpose: Individuals with generalized joint hypermobility (GJH) are reported, in the clinical setting, to be at greater risk of developing musculoskeletal related joint pain, ...

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Injury and Osteoarthritis in Great Britain Olympians (PhD student)