Limerick sports clinic a major boost for Mid West athletes

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Wexford hurler Lee Chin and Irish Olympian Phil Healy with TUS President Vincent Cunnane and UPMC Vice President David Beirne at the opening of the Moylish clinic.

THE opening of a sports medicine clinic at the Limerick TUS campus in Moylish will give local athletes access to advanced diagnostics and treatments that will give them a faster and safer return to competition.

Overlooking Thomond Park, the new facility will be part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) network, a globally recognised leader in sports medicine and orthopaedics.

Speaking at the official opening on Monday, UPMC International senior vice president David Beirne said the TUS clinic would provide advanced equipment and treatments close to home for athletes of all skill levels.

“It will also provide patients with outcomes-driven care while prioritising safe return to play regardless of the level the person competes at,” he explained.

UPMC Ireland general manager John Windle said the focus of the clinic,  which will be led by sports medicine physician Dr Dualtach Mac Colgáin, will not only be on recovery, but also injury prevention.

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“Our team of sports physiotherapists will be equipped to provide evidence-based, quantitative measurements of strength and performance for optimal care.”

TUS President Professor Vincent Cunnane said it was fantastic to be able to offer world-class sports medicine services to athletes from all over the Mid West at the Moylish facility.

“It will ensure that TUS teams and the local communities 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.

“UPMC is already a fantastic partner with academic institutions around the world in the areas of health research, technology and sport, and we look forward to growing our partnership with UPMC into the future,” he added.