Welcome to the UCD institute for Sport and Health (ISH). ISH was set up in 2006 under its present director, Prof. Colin Boreham, with the specific aim of “optimising sporting performance and health for UCD and its wider community through the generation, application and sharing of scientific knowledge.” ISH has its academic home in the university’s School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, and has close links with the highly successful undergraduate courses run by the school’s Centre for Sports Studies. It also works closely with UCD Sport to promote sport and health among students and staff, as well as the wider community through its research and wellness initiatives, and DBC sports medicine services.
The activities of ISH fall into three broad categories:
- Research. ISH coordinates and promotes research related to sport, exercise and health within UCD. It does this by supporting staff and students in their research, running a BASES-accredited Human Performance Laboratory, and providing specialist seminars and guest lectures. We publish our results in world-class journals and have earned a reputation as the foremost research centre for the sports sciences in Ireland. Further details of research projects can be found in the Research section. For details of recent publications please see the ‘view publications’ links in the People section.
- Sports Science and Medicine Services. ISH provides a portfolio of world-class sports science services designed to support performers of all abilities, from the Olympic athlete to the enthusiastic novice. These services include fitness monitoring and advice in our Human Performance Laboratory, sports medicine and physiotherapy with our DBC partner, sports nutrition and strength and conditioning from our High Performance Gym. For the general public, we also offer a range of health-related assessments and remedial advice for improving general fitness, weight-loss, bone health (incorporating DEXA scans) and “active aging.”
- High Performance Athlete Support. ISH runs the acclaimed UCD Ad Astra Elite Athlete programme, which supports approximately 60 high-level student athletes from a range of sports while they complete their degrees at the university. The programme provides an environment for sporting success by integrating sports science, psychology, nutrition, sports medicine and strength and conditioning along with academic mentoring and financial support. The programme currently has two Olympians, 35 Ireland international representatives and 12 GAA players at county level. ISH also has close links with several National Governing Bodies and elite squads (Irish Hockey, Leinster Rugby, IRFU, etc.) for whom a range of performance-enhancing consultancy services are provided.