Thursday, September 20, 2012

ARTI action on the double in Croker!

This Sunday spells the finale of the 2012 GAA All-Ireland Football Championship for both minor and senior football codes, in the coliseum of Croke Park. And ARTI will be well represented at GAA headquarters, on what is traditionally the biggest day in the Gaelic football calendar.

Cillian MacSuibhne ARTC, will be first in action, perched in the Dublin dugout for the curtain raiser, as the Metropolitans face off with Meath in the minor football decider. MacSuibhne, who is currently completing his medical studies in the Royal College of Surgeons, practices Athletic Therapy part-time with the North Dublin based, ExWell Medical Clinic.

Cillian MacSuibhne
Later Sunday afternoon, Mayo will utilise the services of Liam Moffatt ARTC on their sideline, as the westerners take on the might of Donegal in the day’s blue riband event. Moffatt, a Crossmolina native, practices in the recently established Mayo Sports Clinic in Ballina, while also having links with DCU Sport and ExWell Medical Clinic in North Dublin.
Liam Moffatt
Both Cillian and Liam are 2009 graduates of DCU’s Athletic Therapy & Training degree. We wish both men the very best of luck this weekend in their respective games and in their final preparations this week.

Monday, September 17, 2012

ARTI at London 2012!

ARTI was proudly represented this summer at, arguably the world’s biggest sporting event, the hugely distinguished Olympic and Paralympics Games, which were held in London during August and early September.

Limerick based therapist, Kathryn Fahy ARTC, was first in action during the Olympic Games. The 2010 DCU Athletic Therapy graduate was a volunteer at the basketball arena in Stratford’s, Olympic Park. Fahy, pictured below, was a ‘Field of Play Team Member’. Her duties involved, ensuring the competition court, warm-up courts, changing rooms and all sidelines were maintained to a high standard, ready for teams during game time, throughout the competition period. She also had a role in maintaining flow about the court, directing athletes and support staff to the correct areas.

Kathryn on court in Stratford.

Meath man, Declan Monaghan ARTC, was next in action, this time during the Paralympic Games. The Dublin based therapist spent 10 days in the Olympic Stadium, volunteering as an 'Emergency First Responder'. His duties involved providing medical coverage and assitance for primarily the stadium’s spectators during the evening sessions of the Paralympic Athletics events.  Monaghan, pictured below, was part of a team of crowd doctors, crowd nurses and fellow therapists providing emergency care over the extent of the games. 

Declan trackside.
Well done to both Kathryn and Declan in gaining selection and playing a part in such an inspiring sporting event.

Spinal Manipulation Course in November

We have a two day Grade V Spinal Manipulations course coming up on the 15th & 16th November 2012 here in Carlow Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Centre. It is the first Grade V manipulations course run here in Ireland for Sports Rehabilitators or Athletic Trainers in over 8years
The course is given by Neil Langridge MSc MCSP MMACP. He is an experienced tutor in Spinal Manipulations and has delivered this course content all over the UK and Europe.

Neil is the clinical lead for spinal triage and rehabilitation leading two musculoskeletal departments and a team of Clinical specialists in a large PCT. He has worked within the NHS, private sector and Armed Forces. He completed his MACP in 2002 and his MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy at Brighton University in 2003. Currently lecturing externally at Southampton University, Neil also takes post graduate students from Brighton and UCL. He has been involved in teaching manipulation techniques for a number of years and has a special interest in the clinical effects of manipulation.

Neil is currently undertaking his Doctorate in Clinical Practice at Southampton University where he is aiming to look at the clinical reasoning process of ESP Physiotherapists.
The course content will cover Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacro-Iliac manipulation techniques.

Course Outline is as follows:

Day 1
Introduction/Background to manipulation
Passive assessment Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar spine
VBI lecture/Protocol
Stability Tests
Lumbar Technique

Day 2
Lumbar Techniques
Thoracic Techniques
Cervical Techniques
Pre Manip Soft Tissue Techniques
Conclusions & Questions

A detailed and referenced course manual is included in the course fee. There is the option to purchase an instructive DVD at an additional cost at the end of the course. Tea and coffee are included. Due to the practical nature of the course places are limited to 14 and are secured on a ‘first come first served’ basis on the receipt of the course fee in full of €375.

Payment may be made in full by cheque or Bank Draft to ‘Athletic Performance Ltd.’ before the 20th October 2012. Cancellations made after the 31st of October cannot be refunded.



Monday, September 3, 2012

Donohoe Delights Order of Malta Charity Cycle

A 4-day trans Ireland charity cycle was held recently in aid of the Order of Malta's International Summer Camp for Young Disabled 2013. ARTI member Michael Donohoe answered the call in utilising his treatment skills to aid the group on their journey from Dublin to Galway and back again, a staggering 430km trip.

The group started the journey from Dublin on Wednesday the 8th of August travelling 120+km to Athlone. Michael met them here initially, as they rested overnight and got treatment for niggles and soreness. The group departed Athlone the next day, completing the 90km cycle to Galway city. Michael then rejoined the group on there return trip through Athlone on August 10th, where he again treated the aches and pains, allowing the group to successfully complete there challenge back to Dublin on August 11th.

Each of the 2 treatment periods lasted over 3 hours and involved managing new and current injuries, recovery massages, trigger points treatments, Kinesio taping and crucially some advise on how to make the most of their recovery time throughout the four days.

Michael is seen below, (back row, 3rd from right) with the cylce team that completed the 4 day endevour!

Michael Donohoe is based in the Athlone/ Moate, Westmeath, ARTI member, Athletic Therapy & Training graduate (2011), specialist in Injury assessments, diagnosis, and treatments and available for squad training and match day emergency care, rehabilitation and reconditioning programs.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pre-ARTI Examination Workshop

ARTI are please to announce details of a pre-exam study workshop to be held for those preparing for the next round of certification examinations.

The workshop, headed by Fiachra Power ARTC, will take place on Monday August 13th at 11am in room A141, Albert College, DCU.

Could all interested parties please confirm attendance as soon as possible with Fiachra directly on email

EFR & CFR Course - PHECC Accredited

ARTI are pleased to announce the upcoming running of both an Emergency First Response and Cardiac First Response course to be held in DCU, leading to PHECC accreditation. Details below:

Course Date: Monday 3rd Sept - Friday 7th Sept
Time: 0900 to 1700 with lunch from 1pm-2pm

Venue: A141 in DCU.

Cost: €300 - to include Tuition, Exam CFR/EFR handouts; CFR & EFR certificate all consumables & equipment plus tea and coffee. (Lunch not included)

ARTI Members will be credited with their prior knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology.
Assessment at the end of the course will be via MCQ and practical scenario assessment.

To book your place please email

Thursday, July 19, 2012

**ARTI Certification Exam - August 2012**

ARTI are pleased to announce that the next round of certification examinations will take place this coming August. The certification exam, composing of the written and practical elements, will take place on FRIDAY AUGUST 17TH 2012 in Dublin City University. Please see further details below:

Examination Day Schedule:
10.00am - 12.00pm - Written Theory Exam
12.00pm - 15.00pm - Individual Practical Exam

Examination Prices:
First Time Applicant - 150.00 Euro
Repeat Applicant - 20 Euro

ARTI Certified therapist & committee member, Fiachra Power, is currently planning to run a number of study/upskill workshops for those preparing to sit the examination. Further details on this will be on the website soon.

Monday, March 12, 2012

2012 Board of Directors

Following a hugely successful AGM the following members were elected to the 2012 Board of Directors:

Paul Berry - President
Siobhan O Connor - Vice President
Enda Whyte - Secretary
Cillian MacSuibhne - Treasurer
Roy Brennan - Public Relations Officer
Fiachra Power
Fiona Mc Veigh
Damien Sheehan

Many thanks to all the members that attended on the day. The future looks bright...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Soft Tissue Management Course @ Exwell Medical

Exwell Medical presents a practical one day course on Saturday March 24th from 8.45am to 5pm. This course investigates the management of soft tissue injury from the acute stage through to the resumption of full function and the use of physical interventions in the management of soft tissue pain both acute and chronic. The day will centre on both theory and practical sessions.


Key topics discussed:

      ·        Soft tissue anatomy review. Basic tissue structure and mechanical properties.
·        Functional and anatomical relationships between tissue types (to include fascia).
·        The modulation and assessment of muscle tone.
·        Common Soft tissue techniques: massage, myofascial release (trigger point release), acupressure, soft tissue release, muscle energy techniques.
·        The evidence supporting the use of common soft tissue techniques.
·        Appropriate intervention and technique selection through different stages of injury.
·        Technique selection for tissue type.

Practical Sessions:
·         Surface marking of the lumbosacral area. A review of traditional Swedish massage, assessment of paraspinal tone and introducing the use of specific soft tissue release techniques.(1 hour)
·        Buttock/hip and proximal thigh. Soft tissue release. Muscle energy techniques and considering global myofascial mobility. (1 hour)
·        Soft tissue techniques for the shoulder girdle. (1 hour)
·        Soft tissue techniques for the hamstrings. (30 mins)

The course will be headed by Mr. Chris McNicholl BSc, Pg Dip.Chartered Physiotherapist. Chris has fifteen years of hands on experience in musculoskeletal medicine and has worked within NHS Outpatients, Occupational health, Private Practice and Elite Sports Environments. He currently is employed full time as a Sports Physiotherapist with the Sports Institute Northern Ireland. Chris travelled as Physiotherapist with the Northern Ireland team to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India and was lead Physiotherapist for the Irish team at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade.
The course will run in Exwell Medical Clinic, Ballymun Road, Dublin 11, 8.45am-5.00pm, March 10th 2012, at a cost of 100 Euro to include lunch.
Please call Exwell Medical on 01 8040659 to book your place!

Friday, February 3, 2012

2012 ARTI AGM - Final Details

With Saturday's Annual General Meeting fast approaching, please see below the final confirmed details for the day:

Date: Saturday, February 4th 2012

Venue: Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road

Registration: 9.30am

AGM: 10.00am SHARP

Educational Component: 2 excellent speakers, Mr Mark Johnson (Management of Knee Injuries) & Dr. Joe Conway (New Departures in Tendon Therapy) along with an afternoon workshop (Orthotics Workshop) there promises to be plenty to review on the day. Please note that a 20euro charge applies for this component, to cover running costs. This will be collected at registration & can be paid in cash or by cheque.

CPD's: Continual Professional Development points will be available for BOTH the AGM and the educational components on the day.


We are very much looking forward to your attendance on Saturday which will be another major step in the progression of our profession.

2012 ARTI AGM: Official Apparel Unveiled

With less than 24 hours until the 2012 ARTI Annual General Meeting at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, ARTI is pleased to unveil its new and exciting range of official ARTI apparel.

The Teamwear Ireland designed gear will be on display during lunchtime on Saturday next, with a special "AGM Bundle" available to purchase. Payment on the day is by cash only, however members can order at the AGM and then pay by credit card online or over the phone on Monday next.

All orders made on the day will be delivered free of charge! Click on the link below to view the apparel and costs involved.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

ARTI AGM 2012: Seminar Schedule

The deadline for acceptance of motions for the agm and nominations for committee positions is fast approaching. Monday the 30th of January at 12.00 noon is the deadline for receipt of documentation.

Please see below the schedule for the day, with the AGM to take place in the morning followed by an educational seminar from noon onwards.

                                                 ARTI Educational Programme & AGM 2012
                                                                       Schedule of Events
9.30     Registration

10.00   ARTI Annual General Meeting

12.00   Tea/Coffee break

 12.15   “Management of Knee Injuries”
   Mr Mark Jackson (Sports Surgery Clinic) M.B.B.S (Lon), BSc (Hons), FRCS (Tr&Orth), DipSEM

13.00   Break for lunch
14.00   “New Departures in Tendon Therapy”
             Dr. Joe Conway, Chief Medical Officer, Irish Paralympic Team, London 2012

14.45   Orthotics Seminar/Workshop
            Motion Labs

17.00   Close of seminar

Monday, January 23, 2012


Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland will this year hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, February 4th 2012. It will take place in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas road, just off the M50 (please see for directions).
Registration will take place at 9.30am with proceedings beginning at 10.00 am sharp.

As ARTI is a registered company, we must follow certain protocols such as:
1. There must be a large attendance of members for the agm to be deemed valid
2. Only fully paid up members may attend (certified, associate, international, student, etc)
3. Only current certified members may put forward a motion/nominate for a position, engage in any discussion regarding a motion/nomination without being invited to do so by the president
4. Only current certified member may cast their vote at the agm.

If you have allowed your membership to lapse, you can renew it in advance of the agm and contribute to fully. I will send on relevant documents to current members shortly that will allow nominations and motions to be put forward.

There will be an educational component to the event with CPDs available. This will be confirmed shortly.