Travelling with elite teams Top tips from Prav Mathema
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Do you provide medical services for athletes or teams that travel nationally or internationally? Are you confident that your travel preparations cover every possible situation?

Prav Mathema, the Head of Sports Medicine for the Welsh Rugby Union and physiotherapist to the British & Irish Lions Rugby Team, discusses his top tips for travelling with elite sports teams accrued from his years of experience. Your host is BJSM Senior Associate Editor Dr Liam West (@Liam_West).

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