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Dr Roisin Cahalan

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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.