Dr Roisin Cahalan is a lecturer in respiratory and cardiovascular physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. She is also the Course Director for the MSc Physiotherapy (PQ) programme. Roisin was a professional Irish dancer in “Riverdance” prior to her physiotherapy studies, performing as lead female dancer. Her PhD completed in 2014 was supervised by Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan from UL and Prof. Peter O'Sullivan from Curtin University, and examined musculoskeletal pain and injury in elite adult Irish dancers. Her post-doctorate work explores injury screening and surveillance in multiple dance genres. Roisin was also awarded a 2017 Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship to study Acadian dance in Canada.
Further research interests include injury surveillance in endurance athletes, sleep in elite team and individual athletes, and injury in elite female soccer players. She is a co-supervisor on the IRIS Irish club rugby injury surveillance project, and is the PI of work investigating the role of technology and personalised goal setting in physical activity in adults with cystic fibrosis. She is the PI on the “SingStrong” - singing for better lung health“ project for which she has been awarded an IRC New Foundations grant.
Roisin completed a MA in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education in 2018, and was the 2017 winner of the prestigious Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence award. She is a founding member of the Physical Activity for Health research cluster and a member of the Health Campus Physical Activity subcommittee”.
Johnston R, Cahalan R, Bonnett L, Maguire M, Glasgow P, Madigan S, O’Sullivan K, Comyns T. General health complaints and sleep associated with new injury within an endurance sporting population: A prospective study. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2019.10.013
Challis J, Cahalan R, Jakeman P, Ni Bhriain O, Cronin L, Reeves S. Dietary Intake, Body Composition, and Nutrition Knowledge of Irish Dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Accepted September 2019.
Cahalan R, Bargary N, O’Sullivan K. 2019. Dance exposure, general health, sleep and injury in elite adolescent Irish dancers: A prospective study. Physical Therapy in Sport. 40: 153-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.09.008
Yeomans C., Comyns T.M., Cahalan R., Hayes K., Costello V., Warrington G.D., Harrison A.J., Lyons M., Campbell M.J., Glynn L.G. and Kenny I.C. (2019). The relationship between physical and wellness measures and injury in amateur Rugby Union players. Physical Therapy in Sport. 40:59-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.08.012
Higginbotham O, Cahalan R (2019). The collegiate Irish dancer's experience of injury: A qualitative study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. In print.
- Biggins M, Purtill H, Fowler P, Bender A, O’Sullivan K, Samuels C, Cahalan R.(2019). Sleep in elite multi-sport athletes: Implications for athlete health and wellbeing. Physical Therapy in Sport. 39:136-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.07.006
Leahy TM, Kenny I, Campbell MJ, Warrington GD, Cahalan R, Harrison AJ, Lyons M, Glynn L, Comyns TM (2019). Injury surveillance in school Rugby: A systematic review of injury epidemiology & surveillance practices. Physical Therapy in Sport. 38(2019)170-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.05.005
Cahalan R, Comber L, Gaire D, Quin E, Redding E,Ni Bhriain O, O’Sullivan K. (2019). Biopsychosocial characteristics of characteristics of contemporary and Irish university-level student dancers: A pilot study. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. 23(2) 63-71. https://doi.org/10.12678/1089-313X.23.2.63
Johnston, R., Cahalan, R., Bonnett, L., Maguire, M., Nevill, A., Glasgow, P., O’Sullivan, K and Comyns, T. (2019) “Training load and baseline characteristics associated with new injury/pain within an endurance sporting population: A prospective study.” International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 14; 590-197. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2018-0644
Yeomans C, Kenny I, Cahalan R, Warrington GD, Harrison AJ, Hayes K, Lyons M, Campbell MJ,Glynn L, Comyns TM (2019). The design, development, implementation and evaluation of IRISweb; A rugby-specific web-based injury surveillance system. Physical Therapy in Sport. 35(2019)79-98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.11.007
Cahalan R, Kearney P, Ni Bhriain O, Redding E, Quin E, McLaughlin LC, O’Sullivan K. (2018). Dance exposure, wellbeing and injury in collegiate Irish and contemporary dancers: A prospective study. Physical Therapy in Sport. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.09.006
Johnston RT, Cahalan R, O’Keefe M, Kieran O’Sullivan, Comyns T (2018). The associations between training load and baseline characteristics on musculoskeletal injury and pain in endurance sport populations: a systematic review. Science & Medicine in Sport. 21(9) 910-918. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2018.03.001
Johnston, R., Cahalan, R., Bonnett, L., Maguire, M., Nevill, A., Glasgow, P., O’Sullivan, K and Comyns, T. (2018 - online). Training load and baseline characteristics associated with new injury/pain within an endurance sporting population: A prospective study. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2018-0644
Cahalan R, Comber L, Gaire D, Quin E, Redding E,Ni Bhriain O, O’Sullivan K. (2018). Biopsychosocial characteristics of characteristics of contemporary and Irish university-level student dancers: A pilot study. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. In print.
Yeomans C, Kenny I, Cahalan R, Warrington GD, Harrison AJ, Hayes K, Lyons M, Campbell MJ, Comyns TM (2018). The Incidence of Injury in Amateur Male Rugby Union: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine. 48 (4): 837-848. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-017-0838-4