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Dr Kieran O'Sullivan

Biography

Kieran graduated from University College Dublin in 1999. In 2004 he completed an MSc in Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. In 2008 he was awarded specialist member status by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. His research interests are broadly musculoskeletal pain and injury. He completed his PhD in 2012, which was funded by the Health Research Board. This project investigated the role of sitting behaviour in chronic low back pain, including the use of novel wireless technology to monitor and provide feedback on lumbar posture. From 2016-2019, he moved to Qatar to head up a spinal pain centre at Aspetar orthopaedic and Sports medicine Hospital, a FIFA- and IOC-accredited centre. He is currently involved in several research projects relating to musculoskeletal pain, nationally and internationally.

Research Interests

Musculoskeletal pain and injury, including spinal pain, hamstring injury, shoulder pain, tendinopathy

Bio-psycho-social models of care for persistent pain

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2012 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 2012 University of Limerick - Postgraduate Certificate - Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed
  • 2004 Curtin University of Technology - M.Sc.
  • 1999 NUI, Dublin - BSc (Physiotherapy)

Award

  • 2008 - Specialist member status of the ISCP (Musculoskeletal)

Employment

  • 2005 University Of Limerick - Lecturer

Association

  • 1999 *, New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists
  • 1999 Clinical Interest Group of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Chartered Physiotherapists in Manual Therapy
  • *, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • , Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine

Publications

Book

2010

The role of muscle strength in hamstring injury.
Kieran O'Sullivan and Cian McGinley

Book Chapter

2017

A cautionary tale.
O'Sullivan, K
Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine

2015

Multi-dimensional classification system for Low Back Pain
O'Sullivan, P, Dankaerts, W, Vibe Fersum, K, O'Sullivan, K
Grieve's Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

2015

Low back pain in older adults: From red flags to functional rehabilitation
O’Sullivan, K, Vibe Fersum, K, Dankaerts, W, & O'Sullivan
Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine

2010

Therapeutic exercises for the shoulder region
McEvoy, J; O'Sullivan, K; Bron, C
Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes: Evidence-Informed Screening, Diagnosis, and Management in Physical Therapy

2009

A review of the role of muscle strength in hamstring injury
O'Sullivan, K; McGinley, C
Muscle strength: Types, efficiency and drug effects

Conference Publication

2007

World Congress of Physical Therapy.
O'Sullivan P, Dankaerts W, Burnett A, Farrell G, Jefford E, Naylor C, O'Sullivan K. June 2007.

2007

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference
Anita O Sullivan and Kieran O Sullivan. Oral presentation. November 2007.

2007

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference
Sile Burns and Kieran O Sullivan. November 2007. ,

2007

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference
Kevin O Connell and Kieran O Sullivan. November 2007.

2007

Interdisciplinary conference on low back and pelvic pain
O'Sullivan P, Dankaerts W, Burnett A, Farrell G, Jefford E, Naylor C, O'Sullivan K. November 2007. ,

2007

World Congress of Physical Therapy
Conneely M, O'Sullivan K, Edmondston S. June 2007.

2007
2006

Physical Therapy in Sport Conference
Mairead Conneely, Kieran O Sullivan, Dr. Stephen Edmondston

2006

MACP conference
Mairead Conneely, Kieran O Sullivan, Dr. Stephen Edmondston

2006

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists: Annual Conference
Farrell G, O'Sullivan P, Dankaerts W, Burnett A, Jefford E, Naylor C, O'Sullivan K

2006

British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine Conference: Posture-It¿s a pain.
O'Sullivan P, Dankaerts W, Burnett A, Farrell G, Jefford E, Naylor C, O'Sullivan K.

2006

Emirates Physiotherapy Conference
Dr. Peter O Sullivan, Dr. Wim Dankaerts, Dr. Angus Burnett, Garreth Farrell,Evonne Jefford, Clare Naylor, Kieran O Sullivan

2005

2nd International Conference on Movement Dysfunction. Pain and Performance: Evidence and Effect
Dr. Peter O Sullivan, Wim Dankaerts, Dr. Angus Burnett, Garreth Farrell, Clare Naylor and Kieran O Sullivan

2005

I.S.C.P Conference 2005. '100 Years of Physiotherapy in Ireland'
Kieran O Sullivan, Mairead Conneely and Dr. Stephen Edmonston

Other Journal

2011

Cognitive functional therapy intervention including biofeedback for LBP during cycling. A single case study
van Hoof W, Volkaerts K, O'Sullivan K, Verscheuren S, Dankaerts W
Sport en Geneeskunde: the Flemish/Dutch journal of sports medicine

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal

2019

How do physiotherapists solicit and explore patients’ concerns in back pain consultations: a conversation analytic approach
Cowell I.;McGregor A.;O’Sullivan P.;O’Sullivan K.;Poyton R.;Schoeb V.;Murtagh G.
Physiotherapy Theory And Practice DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2019.1641864

2019

A validation study of a polymer optical fiber sensor for monitoring lumbar spine movement
Kam W.;O'Keeffe M.;O'Sullivan K.;Mohammed W.;O'Keeffe S.;Lewis E.;Viphavakit C.
Materials DOI: 10.3390/ma12050762

2019

Single leg landing kinematics in volleyball athletes: A comparison between athletes with and without active extension low back pain
Movahed M.;Salavati M.;Sheikhhoseini R.;Arab A.;O'Sullivan K.
Journal of bodywork and movement therapies DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2019.01.012

2019
2019

Biopsychosocial Characteristics of Contemporary and Irish University-Level Student Dancers A Pilot Study
Cahalan R.;Comber L.;Gaire D.;Quin E.;Redding E.;Ni Bhriain O.;O'sullivan K.
Journal of Dance Medicine and Science DOI: 10.12678/1089-313X.23.2.63

2019

Training load and baseline characteristics associated with new injury/pain within an endurance sporting population: A prospective study
Johnston R.;Cahalan R.;Bonnett L.;Maguire M.;Nevill A.;Glasgow P.;O’Sullivan K.;Comyns T.
International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2018-0644

2018
2017

It is time to stop causing harm with inappropriate imaging for low back pain
Darlow, B,Forster, BB,O'Sullivan, K,O'Sullivan, P
British Journal Of Sports Medicinebritish Journal Of Sports Medicine DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096741

2017

Effect of movement control and stabilization exercises in people with extension related non -specific low back pain- a pilot study
Salamat, S,Talebian, S,Bagheri, H,Maroufi, N,Shaterzadeh, MJ,Kalbasi, G,O'Sullivan, K
Journal of bodywork and movement therapies DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.02.005

2017

Unlocking the potential of physical activity for back health
O'Keeffe, M,Maher, CG,O'Sullivan, K
British journal of sports medicine DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-097009

2017

NICE low back pain guidelines – opportunities and obstacles to change practice
O'Sullivan, K., O'Keeffe, M., & O'Sullivan, P.
British Journal Of Sports Medicinebritish Journal Of Sports Medicine

2017

Better targeting care for individuals with low back pain: opportunities and obstacles
O'Sullivan, K,O'Sullivan, P,Fersum, KV,Kent, P
British journal of sports medicine DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096612

2017

The effect of a dynamic chair on seated energy expenditure
Synnott, A,Dankaerts, W,Seghers, J,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
Ergonomics DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2017.1324114

2017

Beyond the tendon: Experiences and perceptions of people with persistent Achilles tendinopathy
Mc Auliffe, S,Synott, A,Casey, H,Mc Creesh, K,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
Musculoskeletal Science And Practice DOI: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.03.009

2016

Treating more than just the back in Chronic Low Back Pain: The physiotherapists' perspective after intensive biopsychosocial training
Synnott, A., O'Keeffe, M., Bunzli, S., Dankaerts, W., O'Sullivan, P., Robinson, K. and O'Sullivan, K.
Journal Of Physiotherapy

2016

What Influences Patient-Therapist Interactions in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy? Qualitative Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis
O'Keeffe, M,Cullinane, P,Hurley, J,Leahy, I,Bunzli, S,O'Sullivan, PB,O'Sullivan, K
Physical therapy DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20150240

2016

Can ultrasound imaging predict the development of Achilles and patellar tendinopathy? A systematic review and meta-analysis
McAuliffe, S,McCreesh, K,Culloty, F,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
British journal of sports medicine DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096288

2016

Patient Perspectives on Participation in Cognitive Functional Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain
Bunzli, S,McEvoy, S,Dankaerts, W,O'Sullivan, P,O'Sullivan, K
Physical therapy DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20140570

2016

Unraveling the Complexity of Low Back Pain
O'Sullivan, P,Caneiro, JP,O'Keeffe, M,O'Sullivan, K
Journal Of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

2015

Physiotherapists may stigmatise or feel unprepared to treat people with low back pain and psychosocial factors that influence recovery: a systematic review
Synnott, A., O’Keeffe, M, Bunzli, S., Dankaerts, W., O’Sullivan, P. & O’Sullivan, K
Journal Of Physiotherapy

2015

A cross-sectional study of elite adult Irish dancers: biopsychosocial traits, pain, and injury
Cahalan R.;Purtill H.;O'Sullivan P.;O'Sullivan K.
Journal of Dance Medicine and Science DOI: 10.12678/1089-313X.19.1.31

2015

Swiss ball enhances lumbar multifidus activity in chronic low back pain: A letter to the editor
O’Keeffe, M., O’Sullivan, P., Dankaerts, W. & O’Sullivan, K
Physical Therapy In Sport

2014

Lumbar tactile acuity is near identical between sides in healthy pain-free participants.
Wand BM, Catley MJ, Luomajoki HA, O'Sullivan KJ, Di Pietro F, O'Connell NE, Moseley GL
Manual therapy DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2014.01.002

2014

Foot and ankle pain and injuries in elite adult Irish dancers
Cahalan R.;Purtill H.;O'Sullivan P.;O'Sullivan K.
Medical Problems Of Performing Artists

2014

Hamstring muscle strength before and after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A systematic review.
Moloney, Colum, O'Sullivan, Kieran, O'Farrell, Dermot, Louw, Quinette, & Clifford, Amanda M.
Isokinetics And Exercise Science DOI: 10.3233/IES-140543

2014
2014

Foot and Ankle Pain and Injuries in Elite Adult Irish Dancers
Cahalan, R,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, P,O'Sullivan, K
Medical Problems Of Performing Artists

2014

Eccentric training for hamstring injury, and its relationship to strength and flexibility: A case-series
McHugh, N., S. McAuliffe, and K. O'Sullivan
Physiotherapy Practice and Research

2013

Using wireless technology to monitor lumbo-pelvic kinematics in rowing
MacManus, C., W. Dankaerts, and K. O’Sullivan
Physiotherapy Practice and Research

2013

Using wireless technology to monitor lumbo-pelvic kinematics in rowing
Macmanus C.;Dankaerts W.;O'Sullivan K.
Physiotherapy Practice and Research DOI: 10.3233/PPR-130021

2013

Injury in professional Irish dancers.
Cahalan R.;O'Sullivan K.
Journal of Dance Medicine and Science DOI: 10.12678/1089-313X.17.4.150

2012

The effects of eccentric training on lower limb flexibility: a systematic review
O'Sullivan, K,McAuliffe, S,DeBurca, N
British journal of sports medicine DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2011-090835

2012

The effects of eccentric training on lower limb flexibility: a systematic review.
O'Sullivan K, McAuliffe S, Deburca N
British journal of sports medicine DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2011-090835

2012

Validation of a novel spinal posture monitor: comparison with digital videofluoroscopy.
O'Sullivan K, Verschueren S, Pans S, Smets D, Dekelver K, Dankaerts W
European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society DOI: 10.1007/s00586-012-2440-7

2012

What do physiotherapists consider to be the best sitting spinal posture?
O'Sullivan K, O'Sullivan P, O'Sullivan L, Dankaerts W
Manual therapy DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2012.04.007

2011

Cognitive functional therapy intervention including biofeedback for LBP during cycling: A single case study
Van Hoof W.;Volkaerts K.;O'Sullivan K.;Verschueren S.;Dankaerts W.
Sport En Geneeskunde

2011

Gluteus Medius Muscle Activation During Isometric Muscle Contractions
O'Dwyer, C; Sainsbury, D; O'Sullivan, K
Journal Of Sport Rehabilitation

2011

Gluteus medius muscle activation during isometric muscle contractions
O'Dwyer C.;Sainsbury D.;O'Sullivan K.
Journal Of Sport Rehabilitation DOI: 10.1123/jsr.20.2.174

2010

Electromyographic analysis of the three subdivisions of gluteus medius during weight-bearing exercises.
O'Sullivan K, Smith SM, Sainsbury D
Sports medicine, arthroscopy, rehabilitation, therapy & technology : SMARTT DOI: 10.1186/1758-2555-2-17

2010

The reliability of the CODA motion analysis system for lumbar spine analysis: A pilot study
O’Sullivan, K, Clifford, A, Hughes, L
Physiotherapy Practice and Research

2009
2009

Measurement of thigh muscle size using tape or ultrasound is a poor indicator of thigh muscle strength
O'Sullivan, K; Sainsbury, D; O'Connor, R
Isokinetics And Exercise Science DOI: 10.3233/IES-2009-0346

2008

Gait Assessment among Physiotherapists in Ireland
Flannery, G; O'Sullivan, K
Physiotherapy Ireland

2006

Effect of Different Upright Sitting Postures on Spinal-Pelvic Curvature and Trunk Muscle Activation in a Pain-Free Population
O'Sullivan, PB; Dankaerts, W; Burnett, A; Farrell, G; Jefford, E; Naylor, C; O'Sullivan, K
Spine Journal