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.