Sport & Human Performance Spring Lecture Series- University of Limerick

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The Spring Sport and Human Performance Lecture series is aimed at coaches, sport scientists, athletes, physios and medical staff.

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A free lecture series of Internationally renowned researchers and practitioners across a broad range of sports science related topics, which should be of interest to all in Sport or in sports related disciplines.

Injury prevention & S and C for competitive Rowers

& Managing Low Back Pain in Rowing, Friday, 21st, Feb, 7pm

Dr. Fiona Wilson is a chartered physiotherapist with over 30 years of postgraduate experience. She is an associate professor and head of the Discipline of Physiotherapy in Trinity College Dublin.

Fiona’s presentation is titled: “Rowing low back pain: key approaches to prevention and management”

Dr. Frank Nugent is a strength and conditioning (S&C) coach and assistant lecturer in sports science at the University of Limerick since 2018. Frank is accredited as an S&C coach through both the Sport Ireland Institute and United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association.

Frank’s presentation is titled: “Strength and Conditioning for Competitive Rowers” Frank will also present a short case study in collaboration with Fiona. The presentation is titled: “Low Back Pain Rehabilitation in a Female International Rower”

Thanks to Dr Nugent for co-ordinating this event

Rugby Sports Medicine: Head Injury Management, Tuesday, 3rd March, 7pm

Dr Pierre Viviers (MD, MBChB, MMedSc, MSc) is a South Africa Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) accredited Sports Physician and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He practices, lectures and researches Sports and Exercise Medicine at the Stellenbosch University where he is a Senior Director of the Campus Health Service and clinical consultant in the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM), Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He is the past-President of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) and certified Medical Educator for World Rugby. His academic interest lies in the prevention of illness and injuries in athletes especially participating on collegiate and community level (including concussion). Pierre has published over 30 items as first and corresponding author in international peer reviewed journals including top decile journals. He has an extensive record of presenting at international and local Sport and Exercise Medicine conferences (including ACSM and SASMA).

Pierre also serves on the editorial panel of Sports Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, official journal for the American Orthopaedic Association for Sports Medicine.

He is a longstanding member of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) Medical Committee and concussion consultant for SARU. His extensive experience in Rugby medicine stretches from that of team physician for senior club level teams through to various national and international teams over a period of 26 years.

Pierre still participates in pitch side emergency medicine as Match Day Doctor (MDD), live video monitoring for suspected head injuries, head injury assessments (HIA) and on toward panels for the advanced management of concussion for national and international matches.

Dr. Viviers visit is supported by the ERASMUS + funding network and a long established relationship between Dr Ian Kenny and Dr Mark Campbell of UL with Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Thanks also to Dr Tom Comyns co-PI on the Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance (IRIS) project coordinating the week’s activities at UL for Dr Viviers.

Pierre’s lecture on managing injury in Rugby will be of interest to all in the medical and allied health professions as well as to coaches, athletes and sport scientists

Managing Training Intensity & Workload, Thursday, 19 March 7pm

Professor Carl Foster (Ph.D., FACSM), is an exercise physiologist with interests ranging from clinical exercise physiology to elite sport physiology. He is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and Director of Research in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Movement Science at the Vrije Universiteit-Amsterdam.

His accomplishments include more 300 scientific papers or chapters and 20 books, monographs, position stands and videos.

His professional service includes being on the scientific support team for U.S. Speed Skating from 1979-2004, Associate Editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise for 15 years, chairing the Research Committee for AACVPR . He is a former treasurer and President of the American College of sports Medicine (ACSM). Carl previously edited the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. He has received the M.L. Pollock Established Investigator Award from AACVPR in 2006 and the Citation Award from ACSM in 2009.

Carl is one of the world leading authorities on monitoring training load and was one of the pioneers on the use of session rating of rate of perceived exertion (RPE) as a tool for monitoring training load. His talk will focus on his vast experience in this area and will be of interest to athletes, coaches and scientists.

Thanks to Dr Tom Comyns,Dr Mark Lyons & Dr Giles Warrington for coordinating the visit of Dr Foster

Developing Young Talent, Tuesday, 31st March, 7pm

We will present a panel discussion on developing young talent in sport with a combination of practitioner and researcher experience

Peter Malone is a former Munster rugby player and currently Elite Player Development Manager with the province. He has overseen the development of many of Munster’s rising stars and current Internationals. He has also served as Irish U20s Head Coach

Jacqui Freyne is the Performance Development Manager with Athletics Ireland and for the past 10 years worked with some of Ireland outstanding young talent in the sport as we have seen a significant rise in the number of medals won at European and World level in underage athletics for Ireland.

Dr. Phillip Kearney is a lecturer in Skill Acquisition, Coaching and Performance in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. He has a particular research interests in Youth athlete and in developing young athletes in track and field.

We hope to add further speakers to this panel discussion shortly

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