The excellent work being carried out by ARTI in creating public awareness of the role and specialised skills of their members is certain to be boosted by the election of Michael Donohoe to the board.
Michael’s appointment at the annual general meeting on February 2 will serve as another boost for the organisation as their profile continues its rapid rise. The 23-year-old Westmeath native is a recent graduate from the Athletic Therapy and Training (ATT) course in Dublin City University and he expressed his delight at being appointed to the board.
“I am very happy to be part of the board and my aim is simply to help out in any way I can to promote ARTI and raise awareness of the vital role we can play in sports therapy”, he explained.
Michael, who hails from Mount Temple near Moate, has turned his passion for sport into a career having recently set up his own practice based in Athlone Regional Sports Centre.
“I was always interested in sport and ever since I was able to walk I was kicking a ball around the house. I played with Caulry GAA and Temple Villa soccer team, and when at Moate CC I would take part in any sport”, he added.
Michael wasn’t short on talent as in his final year at school he was named Sports Person of the Year. However, after completing his Leaving Cert, he turned his atention to helping others achieve their potential on the field of play by enroling in DCU’s Athletic Therapy and Training (ATT) course.
He has gained a vast amount of experience over the years including his clinical placement at college and has also worked with the highly acclaimed Sigerson Cup team. He has also spent time assisting various club teams, spent five months on a clinical internship in the USA and recently worked with Buccaneers U-21 rugby team.
Michael then took the plunge to set up his own practice in recent weeks and already has witnessed a huge interest in the role of Certified Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapists (ARTC).
“The Athlone Sports Injury Clinic pratice is located in the Athlone Regional Sports Centre, which has some of the best facilities in the country, so I offer services to members and the general public. I can treat their injuries and develop programmes to help with their rehabilitation by incorporating the facilities into the programme”, Michael continued.