Prioritising Sport,
Health and Exercise
Science Research on
Women & Girls

Supporting student
researchers to
disseminate their work
and develop

Based in Athlone IT
Sunday Times
Institute of Technology
of the Year 2020

Undertaking quality and
collaborative research

Our Areas of Expertise Interest

Sports Performance

Understanding and enhancing engagement in sport across the disciplines of sports science with a focus on team sports at recreational, amateur and high performance levels. 
Lead: Dr Niamh Ní Chéilleachair

Exercise and Health

Developing strategies to increase physical activity levels and exercise for health, particularly for the least active members of society who generally include girls and women.
Lead: Dr Kieran Dowd

Nutrition and Health

Exploring nutrition and the promotion of optimal health and wellbeing throughout the female lifespan, accounting for behavioural, environmental and socio-economic issues.
Lead: Dr Patricia Heavey

Dr Aoife Lane | Head of Department

Our Facilities​ At SHE

Athlone Institute of Technology has a unique facility provision for Sport and Health Science, which reflects the Institute’s commitment to the discipline. The flagship facility is the International Arena, which has an indoor profile equipped to host annual International Grand Prix events. The Arena also houses a Sports Science Lab, High Performance Gym and Biomechanics Lab for teaching and research while also presenting a setting for activity utilising the Warm Up Area and Main Athletics Arena. The Department also has access to a Health Science Lab with Nutrition software and two Rehabilitation Rooms. Two further IT Labs are centres for Performance Analysis and Motion Analysis, specific to modules in the Department and to support research activity.

SHE Research Projects

The Contribution of Organised Sport to Youth Physical Activity Levels.

This research aimed to examine the physical activity levels of male and ...

The Feasibility of Full Time PE Teachers in Irish Primary Schools.

current PE provision has been shown to be inadequate, with Irish children ...

The Effects of Sprint Interval Training (SIT) on Performance in Team Sport Athletes.

SIT is a form of high intensity interval training in which intervals are performed in a ...

Role Models and Participation in Sport and Physical Activity.

research indicates that role models are most impactful when local ...

Novel ‘Smart’ Drug and Nutrient Delivery Systems for Patients with IBD.

Patients with IBD often suffer from side effects due to the drugs used to treat and ...

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So delighted for Sinead and her brilliant supervison team. Sinead has been an incredible PhD student and is the second graduate from @AITDSH! We are all very proud of you and excited for what is ahead. https://t.co/eVwTeCxAjM
Sinéad O'Keeffe @sineadokeeffe12
Delighted to share that I successfully passed my PhD viva examination today. Thanks to my very helpful examiners Dr James Matthews and @D_Kelloggs and as always to my wonderful supervisors @SiobhanOConnor3 @Niamhnic4 @Dr_MarkCampbell https://t.co/9HXhLcoHD5

Congratulations Grainne and to our own @RedDowdy84 Kieran Dowd! https://t.co/DWOwh4FVpU
Grainne Hayes @GrainneHayes89
I am delighted to share that I successfully passed my PhD viva examination this morning. Sincere thanks to all of you who have contributed....my school days are nearly over @PessLimerick @RedDowdy84 @AlanDonnelly1 @CiaranMacDonncha @HRI_UL @PAfH_UL https://t.co/DvyuJheFwm

The LGFA Research Pod has been an excellent forum for dissemination for @SHE_AthloneIT. Check out @CormacWard3 PhD work on developing sprint performance in field based sports. https://t.co/KqisRr4RJo

This is good news for students in @AITDSH and hopefully for planned projects in @SHE_AthloneIT 🙌🏻 https://t.co/Wa59Om6L71
Mairead Cantwell @maireadcantwell
An incredible talk by @fitaftercancer as part of the @ExerciseisMedi3 @PAfH_UL webinar series! The inclusion of exercise professionals in the treatment setting IS feasible and acceptable, & can act as a mechanism to embed exercise as a therapeutic strategy in cancer care 👍 https://t.co/wZuVoqsF2Y

If you are a female athlete who (unfortunately) has had an ACL injury in the last three months, please check out the @fairaclproject to see if your experience can help this great research team. https://t.co/GvJIGjtim3
FAIR-ACL Project @fairaclproject
We are very excited about our FAIR-ACL Project! Please visit our website (link in bio) for more details on our innovative project for female athletes. This is a year long project so please follow us to (i) get involved & (ii) see how we progress. Your input = ⭐️ research! https://t.co/85QkzuVkTN

Really great to see undergraduate research publications led by Faculty staff...well done Lynn and Jack! https://t.co/RatTUbQ4lK