Roisin Cahalan

Lecturer PhD, BBS, Grad Dip Comp, BSc

 
researcher

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. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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'. Physician And Sportsmedicine, 46 :14-20 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport, [DOI] [Details]
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'. Physical Therapy In Sport : Official Journal Of The Association Of Chartered Physiotherapists In Sports Medicine, 34 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 22 (2) [DOI] [Details]
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'. Sports Medicine, :1-12 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
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'. Physical Therapy In Sport : Official Journal Of The Association Of Chartered Physiotherapists In Sports Medicine, 33 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Journal Of Science And Medicine In Sport, 21 (9) [DOI] [Details]
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'. Medical Problems Of Performing Artists, 32 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 34 (2):83-92 [Details]
2013 ''Injury in Professional Irish Dancers'
Cahalan, R. and O'Sullivan, K (2013) ''Injury in Professional Irish Dancers'. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 17 (4):150-158 [Details]
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''. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 17 (4):139-149 [Details]
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'. Medical Problems Of Performing Artists, [Details]
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'. Scandinavian J. Medicine And Science In Sport, [Details]
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'. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 19 (1):31-43 [Details]
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’'. Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine And Science In Sports, [Details]
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'. Physiotherapy, 101 :193-194 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports, 26 :694-702 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
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?' National Institute of Health Sciences Bulletin, 4 (3) :38-39. [ULIR Link] [Details]
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' National Institute of Health Sciences Bulletin, 4 (4) :48-49. [ULIR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Health Research Institute Symposium 2018,
Roisin Cahalan (2018) Pain and injury in elite adolescent Irish dancers. [Oral Presentation], Health Research Institute Symposium 2018, Limerick Ireland [Details]
2018 • International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference,,
Roisin Cahalan (2018) Prospective study pf injury and load in Irish and contemporary pre-professional dancers. [Oral Presentation], • International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference,, Helsinki [Details]
2018 aculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Spring study day 2018,
Giles Warrington, Roisin Cahalan, Brian Carson, Ray O'Connor (2018) Optimising Health for Sport and Exercise Participation. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], aculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Spring study day 2018, Limerick Ireland [Details]
2016 Association of Foot & Ankle Physiotherapists, Annual Conference,
Roisin Cahalan (2016) “When is an Irish Dancer fit to return to training & performances?”. [Invited Oral Presentation], Association of Foot & Ankle Physiotherapists, Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2017 Nutrition knowledge of Irish Dancers.
Challis, J,Cahalan, R,Cronin, L,Reeves, S,NiBhriain, O (2017) Nutrition knowledge of Irish Dancers. Meeting Abstract [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
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. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
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. Reviews [DOI] [Details]