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Dr Sara Hayes

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Dr Sara Hayes is a lecturer in Physiotherapy in the Department of Clinical Therapies, UL. Sara completed her BSc in Physiotherapy (2008) (1st class honours), P.G. Dip in Statistics (2010) and PhD (2013) in Trinity College Dublin. She has worked clinically as a Chartered Physiotherapist, primarily in the acute hospital setting across a variety of clinical populations. Sara is the module leader for BSc and MSc Neurology, Chronic Inflammatory States and Exercise and Participation modules in 2016/2017 in Clinical Therapies, UL. Her research interest lies in the provision of sustainable multi-factorial interventions to people with chronic neurological conditions. Sara's PhD, which focused on the relationship between cognition and physical function post-stroke has lead on to her co-authoring a Cochrane Review examining the evidence for physical fitness training post-stroke. As a Health Research Board (HRB) Research Fellow in NUI Galway (ICE award, 2014) and UL (Health Research Award, 2014-2016), Sara has coordinated two randomised controlled trials. She was awarded a two-year HRB Cochrane Fellowship in 2015 to complete a Cochrane review entitled “Interventions for preventing falls in people with multiple sclerosis”. Sara collaborates with colleagues in physiotherapy, biostatistics, psychology, sport science, health economics, medicine, nursing and health promotion and is a member of the Health Research Institute in UL and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.


Norris, M, Anderson, R, Motl, RW, Hayes, S, Coote, S (2017) 'Minimum number of days required for a reliable estimate of daily step count and energy expenditure, in people with MS who walk unaided'. Gait & posture, 53: 201-206.

Ross, E, Purtill, H, Uszynski, M, Hayes, S, Casey, B, Browne, C, Coote, S (2016) 'Cohort Study Comparing the Berg Balance Scale and the Mini-BESTest in People Who Have Multiple Sclerosis and Are Ambulatory'. Physical therapy, 96 (9): 1448-1455.

Saunders`, DH, Sanderson, M, Hayes, S, Kilrane, M, Greig, CA, Brazzelli, M, Mead, GE (2016) 'Physical fitness training for stroke patients'. Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 3.

Hayes, S, Donnellan, C, Stokes, E (2016) 'Executive dysfunction and balance function post-stroke: A cross-sectional study'. Physiotherapy, 102: 64-70.

Casey, B, Hayes, S, Browne, C, Coote, S (2016) 'What do people with MS want from a web-based resource to encourage increased physical activity behaviour?'. Disability And Rehabilitation, 38:1557-1566.