Sports Medicine Programme

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The Academic Unit of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is playing a lead role in the development of a new integrated programme in education, research and clinical care based around the athletes, students and teams of Trinity College Dublin.  This process, involving collaboration between the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Academic Unit of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the Student Health Unit, and other partners, is the first of it’s kind in Ireland and shall ensure that the students and staff of TCD have access to the highest level of care regardless of their level of sports participation.

The integrated Sports Medicine Programme has a key role to play in developing sports injury registries and other research strands across TCD, as well as providing students of medicine, physiotherapy and the allied health professions with real time learning scenarios in sports medicine and musculoskeletal care.

Internships are available for under- and post-graduate students: those interested should contact the office of the Department of Sport or the Academic Unit of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

Sports Medicine Programme

Sports Medicine Pilot Programme

The Academic Unit of Sports Medicine, in collaboration with The Department of Sport and Recreation, and The Student Health Unit, have launched their Sports Medicine Pilot Programme, which aims to deliver a new programme and pathway of care for injured student athletes in Trinity College.

This pathway of care is linked to research and education in the field of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

The goals are threefold –

  • Providing the student athletes at Trinity College with a health care system that:
    • reduces the risk of athletic injury
    • is proactive in approach to injuries that do occur
    • provides easily accessible sports medicine services that are responsive to the needs of the students and athletes of Trinity
    • facilitates their safe return to participation in athletic competition as soon as possible
  • Developing a hub for education and training of medical students, and students of the allied health professions.
  • Fostering translational and interdisciplinary research, integrating fields of biomechanics, biomedical engineering, physiology, exercise physiology, orthopaedics, mechanobiology, and exercise rehabilitation, as well as the development of Injury Registries, to capture information relating to injuries at collegiate level.

A Pilot Programme will be run during the 2015-16 academic year (approx. 600 participants) with a view to rolling this out to the larger sports community from 2016-17.

The administrative office for the programme will be situated in the Sports Centre, where the offices of both the Dept. of Sport and Recreation and the Academic Unit of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine are housed. This office will collaborate closely with the Student Health Unit on campus. Access to specialised sports medicine services and surgical intervention where required will be provided at Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry.

For further information regarding The Pilot Programme, contact:
Laura McCague
Programme Manager,
Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine