Sports Medicine Consultants
Dr. Eanna Falvey
Dr Eanna Falvey, MB BCh, PhD, MRCPI, MmedSci (SEM), FFSEM, has been involved in team coverage for Hurling, Football, Boxing, Rugby and Australian Rules football at elite levels. Dr Falvey graduated from University College Cork before working clinically and researching at Cork University Hospital. He undertook a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne and completed a PhD at University College Cork.
Dr Falvey is currently the Team Doctor to the British and Irish Lions Rugby and formerly the Doctor to the Irish Senior Rugby Team, and the Irish Boxing High Performance Unit since 2009. He was doctor to the successful British & Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013, and with Munster Rugby for 4 years from 2003-07 including the inaugural Heineken cup win in 2006. He has been the Irish Amateur Boxing Association high performance unit physician since 2009 during a period of unrivalled success for Irish boxing.
He is an active member of the Irish sports medicine community. He is a member of the IRFU medical advisory committee, a board member of the Faculty of Sports Medicine and is a member of the IRB Pitch Side Concussion Assessment (PSCA) working group.
Dr. Andy Franklyn-Miller
Dr Andy Franklyn-Miller completed his medical training at Imperial College, London in 1998 before joining the Royal Navy and serving with the Royal Marines. He specialized in Sports Medicine and trained in the UK and Australia as the Royal Navy’s Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine. His final post before leaving the Military was as Head of Research and Director of the Centre for Human Performance, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court.
Dr Franklyn-Miller has worked as Team doctor to British Olympic Rowing, England Rugby, Melbourne Storm Rugby League and the New Zealand Black Ferns. He has appeared on the BBC Breakfast sofa and Radio 5 live on numerous occasions discussing athlete preparation, injury prevention and injuries to leading athletes and a regular contributor to the BJSM podcast program.
He is currently as Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and author of Clinical Sports Anatomy. He is also a contributing author to the IOC Handbook of Sports Injuries and has over 25 peer reviewed publications on running re-education, groin pain, fascial injury, injury prevention and sports medicine anatomy.
Current research interests include: the biomechanics of groin pain, the expedited return to sport following groin injury, ACL rehabilitation biomechanics, exertional lower limb pain and running re-education. He also writes a weekly research review with over 20,000 subscribers and has a weekly podcast on iTunes. He is @afranklynmiller on twitter.
Dr. James O'Donovan
Dr James O’Donovan graduated from University College Dublin in 2005. He then worked in orthopaedics, accident and emergency and completed general practice training in Limerick in 2012. He completed a masters in sports and exercise medicine in Trinity college Dublin, and became a fellow of the faculty sports and exercise medicine in 2015. He is currently Lead doctor to Leinster rugby since 2016.
He has been working in elite sport across a multitude of sports for a number of years. He has worked with all the underage teams in the Football Association of Ireland, including the U19 and Women’s senior team, as well as with the Irish team at the Rugby U20's world cup 2015. He has worked as assistant Paralympic team doctor for the last Paralympic cycle 2012-2016, where he was part of the Rio Paralympic medical team. He was one of the Irish team doctors at the inaugural European games in Baku, Azerbaijan 2015, and was one of the doctors for the Irish team for the Rio Olympic games 2016. He is the medical doctor for Irish sailing from 2012 to present. He was head of medical service at Munster rugby 2015/2016 season.
He is involved in a number of committees:
- Secretary of the FAI medical committee.
- Member of the corporate committee in FSEM.
- Chairman of the GPA player safety and welfare committee.
- Member of the GAA medical science and welfare committee.
He is a keen sportsman and played representative rugby for Lansdowne and post medical degree qualifications. He had a training contract with the Leinster senior squad, which was curtailed due to injury.
He played intercounty football with Limerick from 2007-2013 and won two division 4 league titles and a Munster McGrath cup. He also represented Limerick in two Munster finals, and in an All Ireland quarter final.
Dr. Paul Dobbelaar
Paul Dobbelaar is a Sports & Exercise Physician and Human Movement Scientist from the Netherlands.
He graduated as MSc in Human Movement Science from Maastricht University in 1990 with a Master thesis in altitude physiology.
In 1995 he completed his medical training at Maastricht University.
Dr Dobbelaar trained as Sports Physician from 1996 until 2000 in Veldhoven, Heerlen and at the Dutch National Sports Centre Papendal.
Dr Dobbelaar has worked in his own sport medical practice in the South of the Netherlands since 2005. He has a broad experience in elite sports having worked as team doctor to the Dutch Climbing and Alpine Club, the Royal Dutch Cycling Union and the Dutch Triathlon Federation as well as Dutch Basketball championship winning team EBBC/Libertel Dolphins. He was Head of the Medical Staff of the first professional football club in the Netherlands, Fortuna Sittard from 2005-2010.
Dr Dobbelaar has a special interest in overuse sports injuries and exercise physiology, especially in relationship to fatigue and diminished exercise capacity.
Dr. Ciaran Cosgrave
Dr Cosgrave joined the Sports Medicine Department of Sports Surgery Clinic in 2013 having trained as a consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine in Liverpool. He is currently the Team Doctor to the Irish Senior Rugby Team.
He has a wealth of experience in elite sport having worked for two seasons at Liverpool Football Club from 2011-2013 and as the Lead Doctor at Leinster Rugby from 2014-2016. He also provided medical cover at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and subsequently accompanied Team GB at their High Altitude Training Camp in Iten, Kenya.
Other experience in elite sport includes basketball, Northern Ireland Football, athletics, karate and judo. In each of these sports he not only provides high quality sports medicine but also works closely with athletes and coaches on performance enhancement.
Dr Cosgrave graduated Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 2004 and after working for a year in Sydney, undertook an MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Additionally he has qualifications in Sports Psychology and Medical Education. He has a particular interest in concussion and is the lead investigator for a study being conducted at SSC into the effects of concussion on adolescent rugby players.
Dr. Philip Carolan
Dr Carolan, AFRCSI, FFSEM, FFSEM (UK), DipSEM GB & I graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1996 and obtained a Fellowship in Sports & Exercise Medicine from RCPI & RCSI in 2003. He was elected Fellow of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine UK in 2008.
He was then elected Dean of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine RCPI & RCSI from November 2008 to November 2011. He has been a Faculty board member since 2006 and has chaired a number of Faculty committees such as the Accreditation, MSK moodle and examination committees.
He is an immediate past member of the Medical Scientific & Welfare Committee of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) and Chairman of the Gaelic Games Doctor’s Association. He was involved in the GAA pilot study on cardiac screening of the athlete.
Currently Medical Director of the Cavan County Board GAA and Team Doctor with the Cavan Senior and Under 21’s GAA teams. He set up the medical care and treatment protocols for all teams involved in the Cavan County setup.
Dr. Martin McConaghy
Dr Martin McConaghy graduated in Medicine from Queens University Belfast in 1997. He trained in Sports Medicine and General Practice, was awarded a Diploma in Sport & Exercise Medicine from the Intercollegiate Academic Board of Sport & Exercise Medicine in 2001 and Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2002. He was elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (Ire) in 2003 and was entered onto the Specialist Register in Sport & Exercise Medicine (Ire) in 2010. He has worked as Team Doctor with Muster Rugby (2017, 2018), Irish International Rules Team (2015), Ulster Railway Cup Footballers (2008– 2015), County Armagh Senior Gaelic Football Team (2006 – 2015), Belfast Harlequins RFC (2002-2006). He has worked in various sports medicine and orthopaedic clinics in Northern Ireland – Sports Medicine Clinic Musgrave Park Hospital Belfast, The Sports Institute Northern Ireland, The Belfast Knee Clinic, The National Sports Medicine Clinic Kingsbridge Hospital, The Southern Trust Orthopaedic ICATS Clinic, The Ulster Sports Medicine Clinic.
Dr McConaghy has been involved with various sports medicine committees. He was a committee member of ASEM NI from 2002 – 2010 where he was Chairman from 2005 – 2010. He was elected as a Board Member of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine from 2007 to 2011 where he was Honorary Secretary from 2008 – 2010. He has been a member of the Gaelic Games Doctors Association (GGDA) since its inception and was elected as Chairman Jan 2016 – Jan 2017. He was a member of the IRFU medical committee whilst working with Munster Rugby. He is currently a member of the Education Committee of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (ire).
Dr McConaghy sees elite and recreational athletes from a wide variety of sports with various sports related injuries and conditions. He also sees patients with musculoskeletal conditions that have not come on as a result of a sports injury.