Return to Play Criteria

Thomond Park

14th April 2018

The Bon Secours Health System is delighted to announce its inaugural Sports Medicine Conference. The theme of the Conference is Return to Play Criteria, a topic that is integral for strategic decision making for sports medicine clinicians and managers alike. The goal of the Conference is to provide a national forum for the discussion of current best practice, planning change based on new research and  complex clinical reasoning in the arena of  sports injury management .

As Ireland’s largest independent hospital group, Bon Secours Health System is renowned for the quality of its service provision coupled with a rich tradition in healthcare. Bon Secours Health System is a not for profit organisation with its mission centred on providing compassionate, world class medical treatment to all those it serves. With 3,000 staff, 410 leading consultants, Bon Secours treats in excess of 280,000 patients annually in its 5 modern acute hospitals in Cork Galway, Limerick, Tralee and Dublin as well as a Care Village in Cork. It is one of the largest providers of private healthcare in Ireland.



Bill Maher


Bon Secours Health System

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Bill Maher was previously CEO for the RCSI Hospitals Group incorporating Beaumont Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Louth County Hospital, Cavan and Monaghan Hospital, Rotunda Hospital with RCSI as academic partner and CEO of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group, now Saolta. The Hospital Group was established to deliver improved performance and effectiveness in the safe delivery of acute hospital services as the first step in the formation of a Hospital Trust as part of the Government’s reform of the health service.

Bill who is originally from Tullow, Co Carlow, was previously Acting CEO of St Vincent’s University Hospital. Before joining St Vincent’s University Hospital in 2006, Bill worked for 16 years with the NHS in a career spanning mental health services, senior management at City Hospitals Sunderland (an Acute Trust providing a wide range of hospital services such as A&E, surgical and medical specialties, therapy services, maternity and paediatric care. Bill helped establish Sunderland as the first NHS Trust before moving on to North of Tyne Commissioning Consortium which had a staff of 8,000 people and a budget of £1.2bn.

Bill has an MBA, an MSC in Health Information and a BA (Hons) in Law. Bill is passionate about Patient Care and Performance Management and looks to build strong relationships with all stakeholders to deliver sustainable service improvement.


Dr. Ciara Losty

Lecturer in applied sport and exercise psychology

Waterford Institute of Technology

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Dr Cíara Losty is a lecturer in applied sport and exercise psychology in Waterford Institute of Technology on the MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology programme. Cíara is accredited as a Professional Member by Irish Institute of Sport Professional Quality Assurance Committee in in the area of sport psychology delivery. Cíara was part of team Ireland sport science and medical team for the London 2012  Olympic games. She served as Team Ireland’s holding camp sport psychology support at the London Olympic Games – a role which involved working across all sports with athletes, coaches and team managers. Cíara currently works with a range of Olympic athletes in preparation for Tokyo 2016. Currently she works with modern pentathlon, track and field, jump and flat jockeys and various Gaelic athletic association snr teams. Ciara currently works with all licensed professional jockeys on the Jockey Pathway sport science support programme. Ciara completed a Doctor of Health Sciences in Psychology in 2016  through the University of Wales and holds a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Skills for Practice (level 8).

Dr. Michael O’Sullivan

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Bon Secours Hospital Galway

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At University Hospital Galway he takes care of traumatic cases involving fracture care and soft tissue injuries to the hand.  At Merlin Park Hospital he undertakes joint replacement and elective procedures involving the hand, wrist and elbow.  His private practice is undertaken in Bon Secours Hospital, Galway.

Mr O’Sullivan has been a Consultant Hand and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Galway since 1993.  He graduated from University College Cork in 1979 with an honours medical degree.  He undertook surgical training in Cork and Dublin.  He undertook Fellowships in the Mayo Clinic (U.S.A.) and did a Hand Fellowship in the University of Utah in 1992.

Conditions and Treatments:


Mr O’Sullivan treats the full range of hand, wrist and elbow problems, including arthritis and joint pain, nerve compression, joint contracture, bone and soft tissue tumours, tendon injuries, tendon disorders, hand and wrist injuries including wrist fracture, complications following wrist fracture and complications following scaphoid fractures.

Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Surgeon

Bon Secours Hospital Cork

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Mr Declan Bowler graduated from RCSI in 1994, completing his Irish Higher Surgical Training in 2005.  His interest in arthroscopy and sports medicine led to his Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia, USA.  His interests in the young adult hip and hip arthroscopy led to further fellowships in Vail, Colorado and in Melbourne, Australia with leading pioneers in the field.

Since his return to Cork in 2007, his practice has grown to serve the local needs of the community for acute sports injuries and the painful young adult hip.

Dr. Philip Anthony Hodnett

Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist

Bon Secours Hospital Limerick

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Dr Philip Hodnett has recently been appointed to the Bons Secours Hospital Limerick. He completed his Musculoskeletal Fellowship training in NYU Langone/Hospital for Joint Diseases in 2010. His speciality training is diagnostic and MSK Interventional Radiology including joint, soft tissue and minimally invasive spinal intervention. He provides MSK imaging interpretation for many of the provincial inter-county football, hurling teams and professional rugby teams. Along with our excellent team of radiographers and nurses, the MSK intervention service continues to increase the number of patients treated for acute and chronic pain.  Dr Hodnett works closely with Orthopaedic Surgery, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine and local general practitioners to allow rapid diagnosis and appropriate triage of patients.

Specialist interests

  • MR Arthrography
  • Minimally invasive spinal intervention for cervical, thoracic, lumber spine pain including transforaminal epidural (nerve block), caudal epidural, facet joint injection, medial branch block and rhizotomy with urgent appointments for acute sciatica
  • Intra-articular joint injection under direct imaging (fluoroscopy/ultrasound) guidance
  • Sacroiliac joint injection
  • Diagnostic MSK Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guided ligament, tendon and bursa injection including impingement syndromes
  • Ultrasound guided Mortons neuroma injection and ablation
  • Ultrasound guided carpal tunnel syndrome injection to aid conservative management
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic groin pain (inguinal neuralgia)


David Wallace
Former Rugby International & TV Analyst
Sports Broadcaster

Retired Ireland and Munster professional rugby player David Wallace enjoys a high public profile. He received the Magner’s League Grand Final “Man of the match” for his 200th appearance for Munster Rugby. He is also a recognised international brand having competed in 2 International Lions tours. He has two brothers; Paul and Richard who have also played rugby for Ireland and the Lions prior to their retirement. The “Wallace” name is immersed in rugby tradition, and is both an internationally recognised and respected one.

Ger Gillroy


Off The Ball

Co Founded with Brian Reynolds and Donny Mahoney in March 2010.

Balls has grown into one of Ireland’s most visited sports websites in that time with nearly two million unique users monthly accessing our content.

We are committed to serving sports fans a diet of intelligent content on whatever device they have to hand.

We’re interested in developing long-term partnership with suitable brands while continuing to grow our audience in Ireland and abroad.

Mr Ross Kingston

Shoulder Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon

Bon Secours Hospital Tralee

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Orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in shoulder and upper limb surgery including rotator cuff repair,arthroscopy, stabilization surgery, shoulder and elbow replacement.

Niamh Lynch

Consultant Paediatrician

Bon Secours Hospital Cork

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Dr Niamh Lynch is a consultant paediatrician with a special interest in paediatric neurology. She graduated from University College Cork in 1998, winning the James M O’ Donovan Medical Prize (first place in medicine), the Pearson Medal and the John Kelly Prize (first place in surgery).

After internship in Cork she began her paediatric training in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin. She took time out of her paediatric training scheme to work with UNICEF in Nepal. She then did a two year paediatric neurology fellowship in Vancouver, Canada from 2005-2007.

On her return to Ireland she was awarded the Denis O’ Sullivan Fellowship, as well as the Irish Institute of Clinical Neurology/ UCB Pharma Bursary in Neuroscience, and spent a year studying the mechanisms and treatment of neonatal brain injury with the Neonatal Brain Research Group.

She has worked in the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork since 2012, and in 2016 established Ireland’s first paediatric concussion clinic.

Dr. Enda Devitt

GP & Galway Senior Football Team Doctor

White Hall Medical Clinic

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Enda graduated from NUIG in 2001 and following this underwent surgical training and completed his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He subsequently completed his training in General Practice and obtained further post graduate diplomas in Dermatology, Paediatrics and Medicine for the Elderly. He has a special interests in Minor Surgery, Cryotherapy and Sports Injuries.

Dr. Lee Herrington

Lead Knee Physiotherapist

English Institute of Sport

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Team GB Olympic Physio, lower limb rehabilitation specialist. Over 20 years experience working with professional and Olympic sports athletes providing assessment & treatment of injury and rehabilitation solution.

Emilie McGrath B Physio, MSc Sports Medicine CSCS MISCP

Clinical Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist

Bon Secours Health System

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I graduated from  UCD with a B Physio in 1991. I was on the first intake of the MSc Sports Medicine in Trinity College Dublin from which I graduated in 1993. After graduation I gained extensive experience in Chicago and subsequently in London, developing my skills in the area of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. In 1996 I established the Shannonside Physiotherapy Clinic in Newmarket on Fergus and developed the practice into a leader in the field of isokinetic evaluation and rehabilitation. Our clients ranged from national and international athletes to recreational athletes. I was awarded the status of Specialist Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2006 and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2011. I joined Bon Secours Galway in April 2017 and as well as being Physiotherapy Manager am also a Clinical Specialist. My focus is to maximise the rehabilitation offering of Bons Physiotherapy across the areas of musculoskeletal and sports medicine, including services such as concussion rehabilitation, isokinetic evaluation,  and strength and conditioning based rehabilitation across all population groups.


Aoife McMahon

Senior Physiotherapist 

Bon Secours Health System

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Aoife is a fully licensed Chartered Physiotherapist with current membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Aoife graduated in 2002 from UCC with an honours degree in Physiology, she then attended Glasgow Caledonian University where she received her physiotherapy qualification in 2005. She joined the Bon Secours Physiotherapy team in 2005. Aoife has a special interest in cardiac rehabilitation, orthopaedics and sports injuries. She completed the Certificate in Manual Concepts in 2009. In 2014 aoife completed a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine in UCC. Since joining the Bon Secours, Aoife has completed a number of postgraduate training courses in musculoskeletal, orthopedic, spinal manual therapy, acupuncture and cardiac rehabilitation. Aoife has also lectured ITEC Anatomy and Physiology for Fitness Instructors and worked with the Cork Camogie teams (intermediate and senior) this year

Consultant Orthopedic & Sports Medicine & former AllIreland winning Player & Manager


Dr Pat O’Neill is a Consultant in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine at the Mater Private Hospital and Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital in Dublin, University Lecturer in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, and Past Dean (2006-08) of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of Irish Rugby Football Union (2010-16), Member of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee of the Irish Sports Council (2005 – 2016); and Member of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (2005-2016) of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

He was Chairman of the Overtraining Committee (2006-07), a current Member of the Medical Scientific Player Welfare Committee of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), and a Founder Member of the Gaelic Games Doctors Association.

He was a former Dublin All-Ireland Gaelic football player for 10 years in the 1970’s (All-Ireland Champions 1974, 1976 & 1977) and Dublin Team Manager in the 1992-95 (All-Ireland Champions 1995) with the Dublin football team.

Dr. Phil Glasgow

Head of Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy


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Phil Glasgow has worked with some of the best athletes, coaches, sports and performers in the world. He has extensive experience in high performance sport both as an expert practitioner and as a coach and mentor to athletes, coaches and the ‘team behind the team’. Phil is recognised as a leader in the field of sports medicine and performance and has consulted International Sporting Bodies, World and Olympic Champions, Premiership Football and Rugby teams.

He was the Chief Physiotherapy Officer for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he led the physiotherapy team of the most successful British Olympic Team in history.

Phil was Head of Sports Medicine at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland from 2004-2017 and has recently been appointed as Head of Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy for the Irish Rugby Football Union.

Phil is particularly interested in understanding the factors that influence the development of mastery and effective performance in both sporting and professional environments. He regularly presents at international conferences on aspects of performance and sports medicine. Phil is also a visiting professor of the School of Sport at Ulster University and teaches on a number of postgraduate programmes at various UK and European universities.


Conference speakers included Orthopaedic Consultants, Chartered Physiotherapists, Sports Psychologists, Sports Medicine researchers and senior sports managers and players, all experts in their respective fields. Key hot topics  included

  • ACL rehab – early aggressive rehab versus tissue healing constraints
  • Concussion and the role of rehab in returning to play
  • Outcome measures to aid decision making –clinic vs lab based tests
  • Team based decision making – managers and medics speaking the same language
  • The role of Sports Psychology during the return to play process

Listen to leaders in their field such as Dr Phil Glasgow , head Physiotherapist IRFU, Dr Lee Herrington, English Institute of Sports, Dr Pat O’Neill, Sports Physician debate these and other topics side by side with Orthopaedic Surgeons, Chartered Physiotherapists and Consultant Radiologists from Bon Secours hospitals across the country. Hear the input from sports psychologists, managers and high level players .

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Thomond Park ,Cratloe Road ,Limerick

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