Brendan O’ Keeffe

Qualifications: BSc. Physical Education and Geography (UL 2014); NSCA CSCS
Twitter: @BrendanOK_


Postgraduate Researcher

Current Research Postgraduate Students:

Teaching Interests:

  • Measuring and monitoring adolescent health 
  • Pre service Teacher Education in Physical Education
  • Teaching & assessment on Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Sciences degree programmes. 
  • Focus Areas: Sport Pedagogy, Exercise & Children’s Health, Physiology, and Human Performance Evaluation. 
 Research Interests:
  • Field based Measures of Physical Health
  • Physical education teacher education
  • Pedagogy and curriculum development
  • Sport Performance 

Personal Profile:

I graduated with a higher 1st class honours in 2014. I achieved the Liam Dugdale award for Outstanding Physical Education Student across the final two years of my programme and I also achieved the University of Limerick Silver Medal Award for highest QCA across all graduating faculties. I taught Physical Education and Geography full time in Glenstal Abbey School, Co. Limerick between September 2014 and August 2016.

PhD Summary: The aim of this study is to design, pilot and implement a system to harvest representative population health related data from Irish adolescents. A health related physical fitness (HRPF) test battery will be developed for implementation in physical education settings. Physical Education teachers will be responsible for implementing the test and uploading the results obtained. The ultimate aim of this initial pilot work is a live open access national database, allowing Ireland to become the first country where data on the HRPF of school going adolescents is available for analysis by teachers and researchers, showing trends in real time and aiding future interventions. 

Supervisors: Prof. Alan Donnelly and Dr. Ciaran MacDonncha

Funding: Irish Research Council