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Assoc Professor Catherine Blake

Assoc Professor

Catherine Blake

Associate Professor, Head Of School
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
01 716 6525
University College Dublin, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4


Sport Injury surveillance in sport, identification of risk factors for injury, consequences of injury and preventative strategies. Main work in Gaelic Games as co-director and principal investigator of GAA National Injury Surveillance Database. This is currently in its 12th year of data collection, monitoring and measuring injury incidence at inter-county Gaelic football and hurling. This project is funded by the GAA Medical and Scientific Committee. Collaborators include John C Murphy, Mr Ger Ryan, Gearoid Devitt, Dr. Edwenia O' Malley, Dr. Mark Roe and Prof. Conor Gissane, St. Mary's University College, Twickenham. One of the key outputs of this project has been the development of the GAA15 a bespoke injury prevention training programme designed for community level adoption in the games Injury surveillance in club hockey with Huw Rees, Prof Iain Shrier, Mc Gill University, Dr. Ulrik McCarthy Persson Performance optimisation in International Hockey: IRC Enterprise Scheme with Dr. Adam Grainger Hockey Ireland and Eoin Cunniffe Athlete self reported monitoring, Ciara Duignan, Prof. Brian Caulfield; Ciaran Purcell, Dr. JC Andersen, U Tampa. Hip pain in sports: Shauna Jordan, Dr. Clare Lodge, Dr. Ulrik McCarthy Persson Musculoskeletal Health and Ageing Examination of clinical outcomes in falls prevention and bone health programmes with Dr. Erin Smith, Dr. Caitriona Cunningham, Dr. Tara Cusack Exercise for prevention of sarcopenia and optimisation of bone density in Better Bones programme; Dr Caitriona Cunningham Occupational health and musculokeletal disorders in farming sectors. Collaboration with Teagasc and the Health and Safety Authority. Collaborators include Dr. David Meredith, Teagasc; Dr. John McNamara, Teagasc; Dr. Aoife Osborne, UCD; Prof Jim Phelan, UCD and Dr. Caitriona Cunningham, UCD. Collaboration with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council to deliver and test an exercise based health promotion programme in a local council gym setting funded by Healthy Ireland, Pobal. Population Health UCD Get in Gear programme in collaboration with Carmel Keane, UCD Sport, also UCD Active Campus Europe Programme. This is a health and exercise intervention for the student population at UCD which runs each semester, involving fitness testing, exercise prescription and motivational support Pain, Headache and Migraine in student cohorts: Orla Flynn, Dr Catherine Doody, Dr. Brona Fullen, Dr. Mark Roe with Dr. Nauris Tamulevicus, University of Tampa Farmers Health Promotion with Diana Van Doorn, Dr. Noel Richardson (Carlow IT), Dr. David Meredith, Dr. John McNamara (Teagasc), Marese Damery (Irish Heart Foundation), Technology in rehabilitation / Connected Health Connected health system evaluation in people living with dementia in the community; Dr. Laura Mackey, Fiona Curran, Prof Brian Caulfield, Dr. Dermot Power, Dr. Diarmuid O’Shea, Catherine M Blake, Dr. Dorothy Forbes, Dr. Paula Alexandra Silva (University of Aviero) Validation and clinical utility of the qTUG quantitative measure of gait function Dr. Erin Smith Testing and validation of accelerometery in patient and population sub groups. Advanced Practice Effectiveness and cost benefit of advanced physiotherapy practice models; Dr Orna Fennelly, Dr. Marie O'Mir, Dr Caitriona Cunningham, Dr. Cliona O'Sullivan, Dr.Francois Desmules, Univeristé de Montréal