TECHNOLOGICAL University of the Shannon (TUS) has joined forces with the University of Pittsburg Medical Centre (UPMC) to establishment sports medicine clinics at the Moylish and the Thurles Campuses for students and the wider sporting community.
The agreement signed by UPMC Sports Medicine and Ireland’s newest technological university will see the first phase of the clinics open this summer.
The clinics will ensure that TUS teams and athletes have access to the most up-to-date functional movement assessments, scientifically based strength and conditioning programmes, clinical diagnostics, including MRI scans, and equipment that will help with recovery and athletic development.
They will be equipped and staffed to provide evidence-based, quantitative measurements of strength and performance for optimal care.
TUS President Professor Vincent Cunnane said the new partnership would not only bring the most highly developed sports training and sport treatment facilities to Limerick and Tipperary, but also allow further research and education in the area of sport conditioning, rehabilitation, injury diagnostics and treatment.
“As well as providing an integrated and modern service to sports people and teams in the Mid West, the TUS/UPMC partnership will work together to further develop these services with our team of researchers and scientists.
“TUS is also working closely with UPMC designing new academic programmes that will ensure our graduates have the most in-demand skills in this area when they graduate. In addition, an increased range of work placement options will be available at UPMC to TUS students,” said Professor Cunnane.
UPMC Ireland Chief Operations Officer Trish Lane said the clinics would bring the communities of Limerick and Tipperary access to advanced equipment and treatments close to home for athletes of all skill levels.
“Adding to the UPMC Sports Medicine clinic located in the WIT Arena in Waterford and part of the UPMC International Sports Medicine Network, these clinics will provide patients with outcomes-driven care while prioritising safe return to play.”
UPMC is the official health care partner of the GAA and GPA and the official sports medicine provider to Meath GAA, Kildare GAA, Wexford GAA, Waterford GAA, Kilkenny GAA and Carlow GAA.