Chris Dalton continues his ‘Just a Minute with ARTI’ this month with ARTI member and proud Sligo man, Alan Dunne.
1. What is your name and current occupation?
Alan Dunne, ARTC with Sligo GAA Club Teams
2. College background, courses done, talks you have gone to, and other educational topics you find helpful as an ARTC.
Graduated from DCU in 2011, completed a BSc in Athletic Therapy and Training. Spent a summer in Boston on an observational internship with Boston Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Division, worked the Boston Marathon Finish Line in 2012. Work shadowing various clinicians and hands on experience have been invaluable to me so far. Always had an interest in long standing groin pain so it’s nice to see the SSC doing good work in this area of research and rehabilitation.
3. Most unusual injury you have treated?
Nothing too unusual so far, a goalkeeper recently presented to me with an inversion ankle sprain straight after winning an All Ireland Schools Final and getting hurt amidst the celebrations. An unusual mechanism for a common injury!
4. What is your favourite rehabilitation tool?
I wouldn’t have one favourite tool that I could pinpoint. It’s important to have numerous techniques at your disposal when it’s comes to rehabilitation. If I had to choose I’d probably say my soft hands.
5. What is your ideal job?
I’d love to work in America in a college environment. From my experience with Springfield College I like how from D1 to D3 collegiate teams set the standard of care for athletic performance and injuries.
6. Who would you love to work with?
John Prenty- Don’t know how much work we’d do but we’d make a dynamic team.
7. Best tip you have for other ARTCs?
Question everything and form your own opinions on assessment/ treatment techniques using evidence and experience.
8. Who is your sporting idol?
Being from sligo and the week that’s in it I’ll have to say Eamonn O’Hara. I’m lucky enough to still be able to play club football with him for Tourlestrane. He is a beast of a man and a legend of Sligo GAA.
9. What is your favourite sport?
Gaelic Football. Aside from that American Football, Basketball and Tennis are all up there. I would say I’m a bit of a baller!
10. Best place you have travelled to?