Corpus Christi FC team doctors, George Liras DO and Ioannis Liras MD were invited to present their scientific work at the largest annual gathering of the football medicine community that took place in Barcelona, Spain, from June 2nd to the 4th 2018 as part of the “Football Medicine Outcomes – Are We Winning” conference.
They were among the 200 medical professionals who presented their work and exchanged ideas and innovations in order to further manage and prevent soccer related injuries.
The presentations took place in the iconic Camp Nou stadium, where more than 2,500 attendees from around 90 countries came together.
Dr. George Liras presented his topic “Energy Drink Affects Blood Flow In Healthy Adults; Need For Further Studies In Footballers”.
In his talk he discussed research findings on energy drinks and how they affect blood flow, and the possible efects on the athletes’ health and performance.
George N. Liras D.O.
George is one of the Chief Residents at the CHRISTUS Spohn Texas A&M Family Medicne Residency Program. He moved from Greece in 2007 for his medical training which he completed at UNTHSC/TCOM and is currently one of the team physicians for the Corpus Christi FC as well as the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Women Soccer and Softball teams.
In his free time he enjoys the company of good friends at the beach, fishing and following the developments of his favorite sports.
Dr. Ioannis Liras presented a case report titled: “Can Multiple Concussions End the Career of a Collegiate Female Footballer Early? This was a case of a female collegiate soccer player who suffered multiple concussions in a short period of time and discussed how advanced imaging can help guide post-concussion return to play.
A diverse range of topics was presented at the conference from prevention and rehabilitation methods, to nutrition and the mental wellbeing of soccer players.
“It was a great experience, in a beautiful city learning about the latest advancements in soccer medicine”
The two brothers had the opportunity to connect with elite members of the FIFA medical community and learn from their experiences.
Upon their return, the two doctors were excited to share what they had learnt with our team during it’s inaugural season in the PDL.
Ioannis N. Liras M.D.
Yanni is a first year Resident at the CHRISTUS Spohn Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency Program. After moving to Texas with his brother in 2007, he completed his medical training at the McGovern Medical School in Houston. Despite his young age, he has been very active in research with publications in major peer-reviewed journals. He has a passion for Sports Medicine and has already been involved with collegiate Division I teams as well as our Corpus Christi FC.
In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, travelling and visiting their hometown Kardamyla, Chios, Greece.
By Stella Williams & Hugo Marciales , Communications Director CCFC