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Dr. Roisin Cahalan

Biography

I qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in UL in 2008 and have worked in many settings in the private and public sector in the intervening years. My main area of interest is musculoskeletal physiotherapy in dancers and athletes. I was a professional Irish dancer in Riverdance, the Show prior to embarking on my physiotherapy studies, working as both troupe and lead dancer.

My PhD completed in 2014 examined musculoskeletal pain and injury in elite adult Irish dancers. This thesis was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan and Prof. Peter O'Sullivan. Post-doctoral work explored the biopsychosocial causes of pain and injury in a variety of dance styles including elite adult and adolescent Irish dancers, contemporary dancers and ballet. This work involved collaboration with several partners including Dance UK, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance London, Ballet Ireland, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance here in UL.

I have also collaborating with researchers from PESS, IWAMD and the University of Roehampton investigating disordered eating in dancers, and further collaborations include n a number of studies examining injury surveillance and screening in a variety of athletic populations including rugby (in conjunction with PESS and the IRFU), endurance athletes and male and female elite athletes players. I am also investigating the impact of personalised goal based exercise monitoring in adults with CF in conjunction with colleagues at University Hospital Limerick.

I was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Respiratory and Cardiovascular Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health in 2017 and I am currently lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have just completed a MA in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship here at UL and was awarded the Shannon Consortium Regional Excellence in Teaching award 2018. I am a member of the HRI and the CPAHRs cluster, and am Course Director for the MSc Physiotherapy PQ programme.

Research Interests

The main focus of my research is musculoskeletal pain and injury in dancers and athletes. My PhD examined this concept in elite adult Irish dancers. Since then, I have expanded my research work in dancers to include pain and injury in ballet and contemporary dancers as well as elite adolescent Irish dancers. To this end I collaborate with a number of partners including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD), Ballet Ireland, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, and multiple Irish dancing schools in the mid-west region. I am also collaborating with researchers in Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) and Roehampton University (UK) examining disordered eating in Irish dancers.

I am also co-supervising a number of PhD and MSc projects involving screening and surveillance of pain and injury in a variety of athletic populations. This includes a nationwide study of club and schools rugby in conjunction with the IRFU, with colleagues in PESS, and a study of the factors affecting pain and injury in endurance athletes. Further cohorts being investigated by students include male and female elite athletes. A new research direction which is aligned to my teaching relates to behavioral change in Cystic Fibrosis via personalised e-health interventions. This project is in collaboration with the University Hospital Limerick and collaborators across the University.

I am a member of the Health Research Institute (HRI) and the the CPAHR cluster.

Teaching Interests

I am a lecturer in respiratory and cardiovascular physiotherapy for undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts at the School of Allied Health at University of Limerick (UL). Previously, I was the module leader for a range of musculoskeletal physiotherapy modules, also at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I also teach on a first year undergraduate broadening module involving a large group of mixed discipline students from across the university. My first role in UL was as the Practice Education Coordinator for the physiotherapy undergraduate programme. Prior to that however, I was a guest lecturer on multiple programmes in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD) due to my background as a professional Irish dancer coupled with my work as a physiotherapist.

I am the 2017/18 winner of the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence award and also the team leader on the successful DELTA national teaching award 2018.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

The associations between training load and baseline characteristics on musculoskeletal injury and pain in endurance sport populations: A systematic review.
Johnston R;Cahalan R;O'Keeffe M;O'Sullivan K;Comyns T;
(2018) The associations between training load and baseline characteristics on musculoskeletal injury and pain in endurance sport populations: A systematic review.
In Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport;
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2018.03.001

2018

The associations between training load and baseline characteristics on musculoskeletal injury and pain in endurance sport populations: a systematic review.
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.
In Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport;
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2018.03.001.
[ULIR]

2018

Pain and Injury in Elite Adolescent Irish Dancers: A Cross-Sectional Study.
Cahalan R;Bargary N;O'Sullivan K;
(2018) Pain and Injury in Elite Adolescent Irish Dancers: A Cross-Sectional Study.
In Journal of Dance Medicine and Science;
DOI: 10.12678/1089-313X.22.2.91

2018

Poor sleep is related to lower general health, increased stress and increased confusion in elite Gaelic athletes
Biggins, M,Cahalan, R,Comyns, T,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
(2018) Poor sleep is related to lower general health, increased stress and increased confusion in elite Gaelic athletes
In Physician And Sportsmedicine; pp. 14-20
DOI: 10.1080/00913847.2018.1416258
[ULIR]

2018

The Incidence of Injury in Amateur Male Rugby Union: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Yeomans, C. and Kenny, I.C. and Cahalan, R. and Warrington, G.D. and Harrison, A.J. and Hayes, K. and Lyons, M. and Campbell, M.J. and Comyns, T.M.
(2018) The Incidence of Injury in Amateur Male Rugby Union: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
In Sports Medicine; pp. 1-12
DOI: 10.1007/s40279-017-0838-4
[ULIR]

2018

Current injury monitoring and player education practices in Irish amateur rugby union.
Yeomans C;Comyns TM;Cahalan R;Warrington GD;Harrison AJ;Hayes K;Lyons M;Campbell MJ;Kenny IC;
(2018) Current injury monitoring and player education practices in Irish amateur rugby union.
In Physical Therapy In Sport : Official Journal Of The Association Of Chartered Physiotherapists In Sports Medicine;
DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.06.008
[ULIR]

2018

Dance exposure, wellbeing and injury in collegiate Irish and contemporary dancers: A prospective study.
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.
In Physical Therapy In Sport : Official Journal Of The Association Of Chartered Physiotherapists In Sports Medicine;
DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.09.006

2018

The Incidence of Injury in Amateur Male Rugby Union: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Yeomans, C,Kenny, IC,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
In Sports Medicine; pp. 837-848
DOI: 10.1007/s40279-017-0838-4

2017

Biopsychosocial Factors Associated with Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury in Irish Dance
Cahalan, R,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
(2017) Biopsychosocial Factors Associated with Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury in Irish Dance
In Medical Problems Of Performing Artists; pp. 111-
DOI: 10.21091/mppa.2017.2018

2016

Inability to perform because of pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors
Cahalan, R,O'Sullivan, P,Purtill, H,Bargary, N,Bhriain, ON,O'Sullivan, K
(2016) Inability to perform because of pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors
In Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports; pp. 694-702
DOI: 10.1111/sms.12492

2015

Inability to perform due to pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors
Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H. Bargary N., Ni Bhriain O. and O'Sullivan, P
(2015) Inability to perform due to pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors
In Scandinavian J. Medicine And Science In Sport;

2015

‘Inability to perform due to pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors',
Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H. Bargary N., Ni Bhriain O. and O'Sullivan, P.
(2015) ‘Inability to perform due to pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors',
In Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine And Science In Sports;

2015

A cross-sectional study of elite adult Irish dancers: traits, pain & injury
Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H. and O'Sullivan, P.
(2015) A cross-sectional study of elite adult Irish dancers: traits, pain & injury
In Journal of Dance Medicine and Science; pp. 31-43

2015

Inability to perform due to musculoskeletal pain and injury in elite adult Irish dancers: a prospective investigation of contributing factors
Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H., Bargary, N., Ni Bhriain, O, and O'Sullivan, P.
(2015) Inability to perform due to musculoskeletal pain and injury in elite adult Irish dancers: a prospective investigation of contributing factors
In Physiotherapy; pp. 193-194
DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2014.07.005

2014

Foot and Ankle Pain and Injuries in Elite Adult Irish Dancers
Cahalan, R., Purtill, H., O'Sullivan, P., & O'Sullivan, K
(2014) Foot and Ankle Pain and Injuries in Elite Adult Irish Dancers
In Medical Problems Of Performing Artists;

2013

'Job Satisfaction of Professional Irish Dancers: Implications for Performer Health and Well-being'
Cahalan, R. and O'Sullivan, K
(2013) 'Job Satisfaction of Professional Irish Dancers: Implications for Performer Health and Well-being'
In Journal of Dance Medicine and Science; pp. 139-149

2013

'Injury in Professional Irish Dancers
Cahalan, R. and O'Sullivan, K
(2013) 'Injury in Professional Irish Dancers
In Journal of Dance Medicine and Science; pp. 150-158

2013

Musculoskeletal pain and injury in Irish dancing: A systematic review
Cahalan, R. and O'Sullivan, K
(2013) Musculoskeletal pain and injury in Irish dancing: A systematic review
In Physiotherapy Practice and Research ; pp. 83-92

Other Journals

2008

Which outcome measure is most appropriate for a falls prevention programme?
Cahalan, R; Coote, S; Saunders, J
(2008) Which outcome measure is most appropriate for a falls prevention programme?
In National Institute of Health Sciences Bulletin; pp. 38-39
[ULIR]

2008

A pilot evaluation of the efficacy of an elderly falls prevention programme at St Camillus Hospital, Limerick.
Cahalan, R; Coote, S
(2008) A pilot evaluation of the efficacy of an elderly falls prevention programme at St Camillus Hospital, Limerick.
In National Institute of Health Sciences Bulletin; pp. 48-49
[ULIR]

Conference Contributions

2018

Health Research Institute Symposium 2018
Roisin Cahalan
(2018) Health Research Institute Symposium 2018
Limerick Ireland

2018

' International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference,
Roisin Cahalan
(2018) ' International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference,
Helsinki

2018

Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Spring study day 2018
Giles Warrington, Roisin Cahalan, Brian Carson, Ray O'Connor
(2018) Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Spring study day 2018
Limerick Ireland

2016

Association of Foot & Ankle Physiotherapists, Annual Conference
Roisin Cahalan
(2016) Association of Foot & Ankle Physiotherapists, Annual Conference
London, United Kingdom

Meeting Abstracts

2017

Nutrition knowledge of Irish Dancers
Challis, J,Cahalan, R,Cronin, L,Reeves, S,NiBhriain, O
(2017) Nutrition knowledge of Irish Dancers
In Proceedings Of The Nutrition Society; pp. 165-165
DOI: 10.1017/S0029665117003275

Reviewss

2017

The impact of spinal cord injury on the quality of life of primary family caregivers: a literature review
Lynch, J,Cahalan, R
(2017) The impact of spinal cord injury on the quality of life of primary family caregivers: a literature review
In Spinal Cord; pp. 964-978
DOI: 10.1038/sc.2017.56