The IRFU Medical Department are committed to undertaking and supporting research related to injury prevention and management in rugby union and the dissemination of this work to improve player welfare.
Our medical team members are actively involved in research activities and below are a list of recent publications and conference presentations by the department.
To see some of our research in action check out this video with the Science Squad.
For more information on our research activities please contact Dr. Garrett Coughlan email@example.com or 01-6473875.
2010-2011 Journal Publications:
'I am in blood Stepp'd in so far...': ethical dilemmas and the sports team doctor.
Devitt BM, McCarthy C. British Journal of Sports Medicine, February 2010
Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and exercise testing in an international rugby union team.
Falvey EC, McCarthy C, O'Connor TM, Shanahan F, Molloy MG, Plant BJ. Thorax, September 2010
The thigh adductor squeeze test: 45° of hip flexion as the optimal test position for eliciting adductor muscle activity and maximum pressure values.
Delahunt E, Kennelly C, McEntee BL, Coughlan GF, Green BS. Manual Therapy, March 2011
Intrarater reliability of the adductor squeeze test in gaelic games athletes.
Delahunt E, McEntee BL, Kennelly C, Green BS, Coughlan GF. Journal of Athletic Training, May, 2011
A valid field-test protocol of linear speed and agility in rugby union.
Green BS, Blake C, Caulfield BM. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, May, 2011
Physical game demands in elite rugby union: A global positioning system analysis and possible implications for rehabilitation.
Coughlan GF, Green BS, Pook PT, Toolan E, O'Connor SP.
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, August 2011
A comparison of cutting technique performance in rugby union players.
Green B, Blake C, Caulfield B. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. August, 2011
A comparison between performance on selected directions of the star excursion balance test and the Y balance test.
Coughlan GF, Fullam K, Gissane C, Delahunt E, Caulfield BM. Journal of Athletic Training. 2011-In Press
2010-2011 Conference Presentations:
Clinical applications of global positioning systems in rugby union. Coughlan GF, Green BS, Pook PT, Toolan E, O'Connor SP. Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Conference, RCSI, Dublin, September 2010
Physical game demands in elite rugby union: A global positioning system analysis.
Coughlan GF, Green BS, Pook PT, Toolan E, O'Connor SP. International Olympic Committee Injury Prevention Conference, Monte Carlo, Monaco June 2011
Global positioning system analysis of tackles in elite rugby union. Lyons D, Cowman JP, Green BS, Coughlan GF. British Association of Sports and Exercise Student Conference, Chester, UK, May 2011
Clinical applications of global positioning systems in rugby union. Reid LC, Green BS, Cowman JR, Coughlan GF, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Conference, RCSI, Dublin, September 2011
Concussion symptoms and time out of sport in Irish Rugby Union. Hart E, Coughlan GF, McCarthy C, Fraas M. Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Conference, RCSI, Dublin, September 2011