Gaelic Sports Research Centre

Gaelic Sports Research Centre

Specialist Research Centres

In recent years there has been a remarkable expansion of the application of sport science to the Gaelic sports. The Gaelic Sports Research Centre (GSRC) was established to support the GAA community through industry leading research, high quality education and applied enterprise solutions. The GSRC was formed in September 2014 and is a collaborative offering between TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus, University College Dublin and Liverpool John Moores University. 

Other partner institutions include Cork Institute of Technology, Liverpool University, Newman College, St. Marys University College and Ulster University. The research centre offers intelligent bespoke solutions for counties, clubs, players, coaches and support staff. The GSRC enables the Gaelic sports community directly access expertise of its staff and processes with the ambition of producing research which can benefit the wider GAA community. 

Currently there are five post-graduate students undertaking work in areas ranging from physical and physiological demands to injury occurrence and concussion. It falls under umbrella of the larger Centre of Applied Science for Health.

The aim of the research centre is to undertake and translate scientific research into practice.

PI Names                                    
Kieran Collins                             
Catherine Blake                           
Dominic Doran                             
Shane Malone                             
Postgraduate Research Students (Currently)
Mark Roe
Shane Mangan
Aidan Shovlin
Colm Clear
Kevin McGuigan
Luke O Brien
John Keane
Tommy Mooney

Research Assistants                 
Liam McDermott                          
Cathal Cassidy   

GAA Injury profiles and implications - GAA
Training load in Gaelic football – Liverpool John Moores
Nutritional considerations and performance implications – Liverpool Hope 
Physical demands of Gaelic football and hurling - GAA
Physical and physiological profile of Gaelic games players – IT Tallaght Presidents Research Award

Catherine Blake – University College Dublin
Mark Lyons – University of Limerick
Cian O Neill – Cork Institute of Technology
Con Burns CIT - Cork Institute of Technology
Dominic Doran - Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
Ibrahim Akubat – Newman College (UK)
Stephen Patterson – St Marys University College (UK)
Tim Gabbett – University of South Queensland (Aus)

  • Cassidy C, Collins K, Shortall M. (2018) The Pre-Competition Macronutrient Intake of Elite Gaelic Football Players. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab, 6:1-20. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.2017-0292.
  • Roe M, Malone S, Delahunt E, Collins K, Gissane C, Persson UM, Murphy JC, Blake C. (2018) Eccentric knee flexor strength profiles of 341 elite male academy and senior Gaelic football players: Do body mass and previous hamstring injury impact performance? Phys Ther Sport, 31:68-74. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.01.006.
  • Collins DK, McRobert A, Morton JP, OʼSullivan D, Doran DA. (2018) The Work-Rate of Elite Hurling Match-Play. J Strength Cond Res, 32(3):805-811. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001822.
  • Malone S, Roe M, Doran DA, Gabbett TJ, Collins K. (2017) High chronic training loads and exposure to bouts of maximal velocity running reduce injury risk in elite Gaelic football. J Sci Med Sport, 20(3):250-254. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.08.005. 
  • Mangan S, Malone S, Ryan M, Gahan JM, Warne J, Martin D, O'Neill C, Burns C, Collins K. (2017) The Influence Of Team Rating On Running Performance In Elite Gaelic Football. J Strength Cond Res. Nov 6. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002316.

Dr Tim Gabbett
Dr Tony Strudwick
Dr Karim Kahn
Dr Peter Bruckner
Dr Dominic Doran

  • Providing evidence for the construction of training programs for the GAA.
  • Involved with numerous inter-county and club Gaelic football teams providing evidence-based support.
  • Delivering workshops and providing information for Leinster and Connacht council workshops.
  • Hosting international students