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Dr Tom Comyns

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Currently I am a lecturer in Human Movement Science/ Strength and Conditioning in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department in UL. Previously I worked for 10 years as an Strength and Conditioning coach with high performance sport. My research interests relate to injury surveillance, training load monitoring, strength diagnostics and strength and conditioning programme design. I am supervising 8 PhD students and am co-PI on an Irish Rugby Football Union funded injury surveillance project that aims to ascertain the incidence, nature and severity of injuries in the amateur game in Ireland.

Publications

Brady, C.J., Harrison, A.J., Flanagan, E.F., Haff, G.G., Comyns, T.M. (in press). A comparison of the isometric mid-thigh pull and isometric squat: intraday reliability, usefulness and the magnitude of difference between tests. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2017-0480

Johnston, R., Cahalan, R., O’Keeffe, M., O’Sullivan, K., Comyns, T. (in press)The associations between training load and baseline characteristics on musculoskeletal injury and pain in endurance sport populations: A systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams

Sinnott-O’Connor, C., Comyns, T., Nevill, A.M. and Warrington, G. (in press).  Salivary Biomarkers and Training Load during Training and Competition in Paralympic Swimmers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2017-0683

Yeomans, C., Kenny, I.C., Cahalan, R., Warrington, G.D., Harrison, A.J., Hayes, K., Lyons, M., Campbell, M.J., Comyns, T.M. (2018). The Incidence of Injury in Amateur Male Rugby union: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.  Sports Medicine, 48: 837-848. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-017-0838-4

Nugent, F., Comyns, T., Burrows, E. and Warrington, G. (2017). Effects of Low Volume, High-Intensity Training on Performance in Competitive Swimmers: A Systematic Review. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 31(3): 837-847. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001583