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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Well done Kieran @RedDowdy84 and colleagues…a really nice reflection of a great paper! Congrats from us all @AITDSH @AthloneIT 🎉 https://t.co/ntCJhu0KEC

Great read Wesley and colleagues…strong contribution of friends and family to participation in sport and PA. https://t.co/3jLQdZieZW
Dr. Wesley O'Brien @wesleyob1
🚨Hot off the press publication🚨Read about our social support, physical activity and sports participation findings in a very large sample of female youth across the entire island of Ireland @JPAHjournal https://t.co/MIPOmMoFWo #Ireland https://t.co/D1x0qf4n9H

. @SHE_AthloneIT Mentor @ElliottSale starting with the end in mind! Kirsty and colleagues have published guidelines for conducting research on female athletes #2021FAC https://t.co/vsP6ipsZ3A

Consistently low engagement of females in sports science research…3% of participants in performance research include females only. @LouiseMBurke presenting an issue and a way forward #2021FAC https://t.co/DmJeAyckad

Really great opening from @TStellingwerff….there are opportunities to develop nutrition strategies for females. https://t.co/h34NBhL3Jc

Enjoy Mik and @BCherianneTaim! Some line up ahead today. https://t.co/AQSFLeuExE
Michèle Renard @MikRenard
All set in Ireland for the first day of #2021FAC Looking forward to a great lineup of speakers and gaining some further insight to working with female athletes @BCherianneTaim @SHE_AthloneIT https://t.co/wx9VBilBFq