Dr Robin Healy

Dr Robin Healy is an Assistant Lecturer in Sport Science in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences in AIT. Robin has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences and completed his PhD in sports biomechanics from the University of Limerick in 2019. His PhD research focussed on the assessment of sprint performance and reactive strength in track sprinters. His current research interests include monitoring long term changes in sprint kinematics, kinetics and performance in team sports; improving assessment methods of high speed running and sprinting within training and match environments; and providing biomechanical support to evaluate and enhance performance in track and field athletics.


An Investigation of the Efficacy and Feasibility of a Dance Exercise Intervention through ExWell Medical on Physical, Emotional and Brain Health.


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Project About

This project aims to understand the effect of a dance intervention, on the mental and physical health of people who have dementia and their carers. The study will be looking at their quality of life, their emotional and social behaviours. Their motor and cognitive skills will be monitored. It aims to see if these skills and behaviours change with an introduction to regular dance exercise.

Practical Impact of Project

This project hopes to encourage people who have dementia and their carers to be able to get involved in exercise, where they feel comfortable and safe. The study hopes dance exercise will become part of the typical non pharmacological treatments that are considered for people who have dementia.

Major finding of project

The results of Niamh’s project will help coaches to create more specific training plans and the optimal use of RST, possibly leading to a greater transfer from practice to performance. This is essential given the importance of speed and sprint performance in sport.


Daly, L.S.; Catháin, C.Ó.; Kelly, D.T. Gaelic Football Match-Play: Performance Attenuation and Timeline of Recovery. Sports 2020, 8, 166. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8120166


Dr. Clare McDermott, Dr. Fiona Skelly, Dr. Kieran Dowd, Prof Desmond O’Neill, Dr. Noel McCaffery