Professor Phil Glasgow will commence work at the IRFU this month in the newly-created role of Head of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation.
The IRFU’s head of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation will be responsible for delivering world leading physiotherapy service to all players within the Union’s high performance system.
Phil Glasgow will also be responsible for leading the delivery of injury prevention and rehabilitation practices, and delivering a comprehensive professional development programme for the physiotherapists and doctors within the IRFU’s high performance system.
Phil has extensive experience in high performance sport. He was Chief Physiotherapist for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and held the position of Head of Sports Medicine at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland for 14 years.
Phil has held a variety of roles within rugby with both Ulster Rugby and Bristol RFC and has also held key positions with Team NI for the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and with Team Ireland for the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
He is currently involved in a number of ongoing sports injury research projects with universities across Europe and is a visiting lecturer at Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, Cardiff University and the University of Genoa.
Dr. Rod McLoughlin, IRFU Head of Medical Services, commented: “This new role within the IRFU’s medical support services infrastructure will enable us to centrally drive best practice in the area of physiotherapy and rehabilitation for our professional players.
“It was vital that we appointed an individual with a deep understanding of the game but also with the ability to drive innovation within our player welfare support systems. Phil was the stand-out candidate and his experience and insight will bring huge value to both our playing base and the development of our professional staff.”