Episode 93: Dr Andy McDonald chats to Prav Mathema the National Medical Manager for the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and an honorary lecturer on the Cardiff Metropolitan University MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine Programme. Prav has collectively spent over a decade as the Head of Medical Services at Queens Park Rangers Football Club, and London Wasps. In addition to his duties as the National Medical Manager, he is also a Senior Physiotherapist for the WRU National Men’s Squad. Impressively Prav has also been selected as a Physiotherapist to the British and Irish Lions Rugby team, touring with them in 2009 to South Africa and again in 2013 on the tour of Australia. He is also a member of World Rugby’s Sevens World Series Injury Prevention Working Group and acts as the Chair to the WRU’s Medical Advisory Committee and leads several steering groups within the WRU.
- Professional Skill set changes between Club, country and the Lions
- The role of medical governance in rugby
- Player Welfare
- Creating Independent athletes
- Influencing performance during competition events
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