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Assoc Professor Catherine Blake

Assoc Professor

Catherine Blake

Associate Professor
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 stratgies. Main work in Gaelic Games as co-director and principal investigator of GAA National Injury Surveillance Database. This is currently in its 10th 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 MISCP, Mr Ger Ryan, Mr Gearoid Devitt, Dr. Edwenia O' Malley, Mr. Mark Roe and Prof. Conor Gissane, St. Mary's Univeristy 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. Evaluation of relationship between injury and training/matchplay load in sport Implementation research with GAA into adoption of GAA15 programme Analysis of speed and agility performance in Rugby Union and development of testing protocols, in collaboration with Dr. Brian Green, IRFU and Dr. Brian Caulfield, UCD. Investigation of coaching strategies in Gaelic football coaches based of a Self Determination Theory model, in collaboration with Dr. Edel Langan PhD candidate Dr. Chris Lonsdale, University of Western Sydney Sport participation in special populations - Haemophilia with Emma Sherlock MISCP, St. James' Hospital. Exercise testing and prescription for health RCT of exercise for reduction of cardiovascular risk in a cardiac rehabiliation paradigm in Stroke and TIA in collaboration with Olive Lennon, HRB Research Fellow, Dr. Catherine Doody, UCD and Dr. Dominic McCabe AMNCH. Other related topics are the validation and reliability testing of a clinical field test to estimate VO2 in patients with stroke. Examination of clinical outcomes in falls prevention and bone health programmes - Erin Smith PhD candidate Exploration of exercise and vibration therapy to improve bone density, biochemical markers and function in women with osteoporosis or osteopeonia. Collaboration with Aoife Stephenson MSc candidate, Dr. Ulrik McCarthy Persson and Dr. Caitriona Cunningham, UCD, Prof. Oliver Fitzgerald, Dr, Malachi McKenna, Ms Susan VanDer Kamp and Ms Catherine Loughlin, SVUH UCD Get in Gear programme in collaboration with Carmel Kissane, UCD Sport. This is a health and exercise intervention for the student population at UCD which runs each semester, involving fitness testing, exercise prescritpion and motivational support. Exercise intervention for people with RA, taking TNFa medication. Collaboration with Angela Reid MISCP; Audrey Brady, MISCP Evaluation of a pulmonary rehabiliation programme for people with COPD in collaboration with Clare Egan, MISCP, Beaumont Hospital. Occupational Health Occupational health and musculokeletal disorders in particular LBP in the health service and 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. Technology in rehabilitation Validation and clinical utility of The QTUG quantitative measure of function. Testing and validation of accelerometery in patients with Stroke with Olive Lennon, MISCP Testing of utility of a tri axial accelerometer as a clinical measure of balance in elderly fallers in collaboration with Maura O'Sullivan MISCP Use of sleep monitors and acceleromters in patients with chronic pain in collabroation with Grainne Kelly PhD candiadate, Dr. Brona Fullen, UCD, Dr. Camillus Power, ANMCH and Dr. Declan O'Keefe, SVUH Psychometric properties of measurement scales Validation of COOP/WONCA charts in patients with stroke Grant Activity Irish Kidney Association 1998, in collaboration with Dr. Yvonne O'Meara, UCD Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Mater Hospital. IR£6000 Mater College 2003, in collaboration with Dr. Dermot Power, Department of Gerontology, Mater Hospital. UCD Seed funding Scheme: International Collaboration award 2005. Project title Development of Collaborations in Health Outcome Measurement. UCD Seed funding: Aerobic exercise for cardiac risk reduction in patients post TIA 2006. Supervisor - HRB Clinical Fellow 2007-10 Co-applicant - Walsh Fellowship 2008-2012 GAA: Injury database 2007-2010 UCD Seed Funding 2010. Co applicant.