Session 1 –Return to Sport : Feeling V’s Function

Return to sport: Feeling versus function

09.15     Dr Pat O’Neill,           -Imaging vs clinical findings in return to play decision making

09.30     Emilie McGrath,        -Return to play criteria: use of lab, field and clinic tests

09.50     Dr Phillip Hodnett,   –Radiology in hip and groin sports injuries

10.10     Dr. Ciara Losty,         –Fitness to return to activity; sports psychology in practice

10.30     Interview                    Chairman: Ger Gilroy

David Wallace, Former rugby player for Munster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions

10.45     Panel Dicussion

David Wallace
Dr Pat O’Neil
Emilie McGrath
Dr. Phillip Hodnett
Dr. Ciara Losty

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. 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


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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.


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.

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