Club Fair Partnership

Club Fair Partnership


Promoting Sports Equality: This is a short post to announce that Aidan Raftery, Sports Therapist with AR Sports Therapy Clinic is pleased to be in partnership with Club Fair.

We both believe in advocating for fair and equal rights and opportunities across all sports for all participants and will promote each other online in this context.
You will find more about club fair on their website
GAA After COVID19?

GAA After COVID19?

GAA after COVID19:

As the GAA, players, coaches, supporters county boards, selectors, backroom staff, and all other stakeholders involved in county and club teams prepare to go back after Covid19, at the inter-county level the provincial Leagues like Connacht FBD League, O’Byrne Cup, Walsh Cup etc and the National Football and Hurling Leagues were well underway and approaching the knockout stages and all that goes with it. However, along came Covid19 a few days Before St Patrick’s Day. In the past, the 2 best clubs in Ireland in Football and Hurling usually face each other in Croke Park but due to a change, they were held earlier with Kilkennys BallyHale Shamrocks winning the All Ireland Club Hurling title and Galway’s Corofin retaining the Football title. This season instead of on St. Patrick Day, the showpiece was to be the All Ireland U21 Football and Hurling finals. However, this year it wasn’t to be. Due to covid19 a Lockdown was introduced which meant all sports shut down. No group training, no matches at club or county level. At club level, clubs would have been due to start pre season in preparation for the league  which is key preparation for the championship. This as you can imagine was a huge set back to all teams at club ant county level.

Useful GAA Link: COVID Update


Despite this, players and coaches did not just sit back and do nothing, the managers and coaches gave players training programmes that players could do at home weights sprints etc all designed to keep themselves ticking over throughout Covid19. Players got creative making up drills and posting videos of the drills on social media for did to keep them active.

Covid19 has been tough on everyone, players, managers, fans, people who love sport and people who don’t like sport. People who miss going to games and people who love watching sport on TV, it affected people psychologically people had sport and took for granted there was always going to be on TV or able to go to games fans had that taken away. What do they do? However, it has to be said that kids were badly affected off school, doing schoolwork at home, not being able to meet friends and relatives not being able to meet and hug grandparents and it also affected them too. Kids, as well as coaches and senior players, were great and very creative by coming up with drills and challenges which from looking at the videos kids and coaches enjoyed. Non more so than my home club Roscommon Gaels GAA Club where Senior players in hurling and football in the Roscommon Gaels GAA Club and other clubs around the county and country did the same and a lot of videos were saved and shared by coaches and kids alike. It was great to see positivity in the face of adversity. It just goes to show, in Ireland we are great at turning a negative situation and creating positive.


As a sports fan, with Covid19 effecting provincial championships in hurling and football, Roscommon was due to play London in their first game in the Connacht Football Championship but that didn’t go ahead. Players, managers, coaches, fans, county boards, sports enthusiasts were disappointed however time went by and then, the light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement of the GAAs Roadmap to get back playing.dates announced for hurling and football championships and dates returning to training, non-contact training in June and then stepping up to full contact training in July and then the club championships at the end of July. During the lockdown,  as a further positive for Roscommon GAA fans, myself and my mate, former Roscommon Goalkeeper Ray Lannon came up with an idea where we would do a weekly Podcast called Roscommon GAA Memories where myself and Ray look back at a Roscommon match from the past. I also do an interview and music-packed Podcast show called Sportsview Extra.  Both podcasts are available on the Rosfm website

GAA after covid19


as I mentioned it has been a tough couple of months for everyone adults and kids and it was great that there are games for the adults but Gaelic Football and Hurling for the kids and teenagers is essential as they are the future of the GAA. And to this end, the GAA  announced that the GAA Cùl Camps WILL be going ahead as usual throughout the country. So this means something for everyone at all levels in GAA.



It is great to have Gaelic Football and Hurling back but there are conditions as part of the roadmap to returning to play.

– Social Distancing of 2 metres still applies

– Use of dressing rooms are not allowed?

– Training at the initial stages means non-contact. No tackling allowed

– Training sessions are short

– Maximum of 15 players in any one training session at a time.

– All clubs are required to adhere to Covid19 Hygiene procedures and supply hygiene products for its members.

-These are some of the regulations all GAA grounds and clubs must abide by as part of the Regulations. Every club and county team around the country in all sports has a specially appointed officer for this so for further information contact your local club for further details.

– GAA clubs and county grounds around the country can get all their first aid and hygiene products from Kellehers Shop First Aid in Cork with great staff and advice to suit your needs. Let’s get there together


For players returning to training, it is essential that you exercise safely so as to prevent injury. From what to eat and not to eat to when to eat. Proper preparation is essential for matches and training. Eating correctly ensures maximum performance and energy levels. Eating healthy is important. Treats and takeaways are very nice but very little or no nutritional value. Treats and takeaways are allowed but only now and again. It is essential to have a good breakfast in the morning and a healthy lunch and a good dinner in the evening. However, do not have a big meal close to the time for training as you will not have it digested on time so something light like a sandwich or fruit. Also before going training, it is essential to keep weĺl hydrated before, during and after training and the same on match days. Bring your own water to training this is for hygiene reasons. A key part of injury prevention is stretching and warm-ups and after training and matches is a warm down. Training and getting exercise is important but overdoing training or exercise is a big cause of injury due to fatigue which leaves players vulnerable to injury. Warm-ups and stretches are essential for circulation and helping the joints and movement ahead of matches and training



At training, and games it is essential players, Coaches and backroom staff are safe. Social Distancing of 2 kilometres or if 1 meter then face masks and gloves.


Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it and found it informative. My next blog is on the way soon so stay tuned.

Aidan Raftery is the Principal of AR Sports Injuries Clinic and offers Treatment for sports injuries as well as professional sports massage. If laid up or travel is difficult Aidan is available to travel for any client in Dublin-The Midlands or NorthWest. Also available to cover matches or training as an on the spot sports therapist

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My Qualifications

My Qualifications

Sports Injuries – My Qualifications



The story of my journey to Qualify as a Sports Therapist, as well as my journey as a Sports Therapist, is, from my point of view a very long and interesting one. The places it has taken me, the coaches I have worked with, the players I worked with, the supporters as well as the people that my whole career revolves around.  The players I have met and treated but not only that, I have to mention the clients and patients I have treated since I qualified. In this blog.


It all began when I was working in England where I was working for Royal & Sun Alliance in the Underwriting department. A job I loved as I was in  Customer Service and I loved dealing with people’s queries and solving their problems regarding their car insurance and renewal and any aspect of their policies. At this stage, I was still in my playing days when I moved to England and I played county Junior football for the Gloucestershire county Junior Footballers. We played London in the 1st round of the British Junior Championship and lost so we went into the losers group and we came won the losers group to get back to in the Championship proper again. In the All Britain Semi-final where we played London which was a tough game but after extra time we came out victorious. This meant we played Warwickshire in the All Britain Final. We won the game to become All Britain Champions. As a reward for being All Britain Champions, we got to play Dublin in the All Ireland Semi-Final. There was great positivity among us to host Dublin in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi-Final. We couldn’t wait for the game we got our gear for the game and looked at the match programme and I saw my name on the programme. A treasured keepsake. We lost that day but to be a player involved in an all Ireland Semi-Final against such a great team like Dublin was an amazing experience. We met the Dublin players afterwards, really sound guys. A good few of those Dublin players playing that day were called up to the Dublin senior football panel after that.
I also played rugby for Frampton Cotterell RFC 3rd team a great club. Not only a club but a family with fantastic people in the club. After a period as a player at the club, I had to stop playing due to work reasons. Over a year later a friend of mine, who played for the 2nd team brought me to a game. I asked the manager if there was anything they wanted help with so they said could I do waterboy? I said yes no bother. I enjoyed the game, doing waterboy and the players and manager were sound. They asked me if I wanted to stay involved and I said yes. I said did they have anyone to treat injuries they said no I said oh right. I told them that I did a First Aid for sports injuries course several years ago. The manager asked me if I would be interested in doing First Aid for the 2nd team. I said I would love to but my cert was out of date and if anything happened I wouldn’t be covered either would the club. He said don’t worry about that, I am going to speak to the committee, leave it with me I will get back to you. He did and he said he spoke to the committee and they said you and the first team physio Adam Page look up sports injuries courses, list 3 of the courses and bring the list to me I will discuss it with the committee and they will Pauly for the course. I did that and handed it to the manager and he discussed it with them and they chose Sports Injury’s treatment course. The club was very good to me and very supportive of me doing the course. The arranged an internship with the club where, as part of my training of the course  I would be with the 2nd team for 3 games every month and 1 game shadowing the 1st team Physio Adam Page. I was delighted and thought of the opportunities that this could open for me when qualified. My first priority was doing the study and practical work needed to qualify.

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This course was under the Auspices of the RFU and was recognised and certified by:
– Rugby Football Football
– RFU Injured Players Association
– UCLAN Business Services Ltd
This was a 6 month course consisting of work experience which I did with Frampton Cotterell RFC. The course covered 
STA and NaRS 
– Evidence of Competence 
– STA Awarding Body Policies
– Unit 1&2 specification
– Legal Background
– First Aid (General)
– Basic Life Support
– Rugby Related Injuries
– General First Aid Topics 
– Injury Event Report Form Form 
– Personal Details & Training Record
– Useful Information

At the end of the course, I had to do written and a practical day course and practical exams, which I will mention later. As you can see the course was extensive but I really enjoyed the course and working at the club for games. I worked with Adam at training twice a week. We worked well as a medical team. On Saturday the 1st team games and 2nd team games were more or less at the same time but on Sundays, we would meet up at the club and he would tell me the injuries he treated at first-team games and what treatment was given to the player and I would do the same and we would discuss the injuries it was interesting learning from the book and all that but it’s the practical hands-on experience that is key. The way the course was I had to pass the theory exams to be able to go on and do the practical summary and exams. I passed the theory with flying colours and a few days later I got the date time and venue for the practicals assessment exam.  To my amazement and excitement, the practicals assessment exam was to be held at bath Rugby Clubs Stadium The Reck. We covered a lot of extra scenarios I met a lot of coaches and players and physios from Bath Rugby Club. With that, I passed the course. With that, I completed the course. I informed the club and gave the cert to the club.  Myself and Adam were the clubs, medical team. I was with the club for 2 seasons and moved back home to Ireland. After I passed the course I thought about it and I decided, Treating Sports Injuries is what I wanted to do as an career so I looked into other courses.


Below are some of the modules in the course
– Understanding Sports Therapy
– Anatomy & Physiology
– Sports Psychology
– Coaching and Performance Dynamics & Strength & Conditioning
– Sports Nutrition
– All Aspects of Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation

So the course I chose was Sports Therapy. While I was doing the course I was with clubs Roscommon Gaels u15s and minor hurlers as well as Manor Utd.
When I qualified with all distinctions a few months after that I started my Sports Injuries Clinic by appointment AR Sports Therapy Clinic. My main focus is on working with clubs and teams. Available to clubs for matches and training sessions or just training or just matches. For one game or a season. Something for all budgets. I also do Sports Therapy at charity events as well. The charity events I have done include:
– Cycle4causes
– My Canine Companion
– Inner City Helping the Homeless
– Irish Autism Action
– Coombe Hospital (neonatal unit)
– Join Our Boys 50km Cycle
– I am a volunteer with the Special Olympics
– Help Emma Beat It
– Child Aid Cycle

I was Team Sports First Therapist for Elizabethtown College FC from America. They were in Ireland for pre-season friendlies v UCD and Cabinteely. The organiser is in public relations and Elizabethtown didn’t bring their Physio so he found me on LinkedIn and asked me would I Do Sports Therapy for the team and I said yes and told him how much I charge for the 2 games. We agreed on the price. 1st game was V UCD in the UCD Bowl it ended level. The next game was V Cabinteely in Stradbroke, Cabinteely won. I enjoyed working with the team. Several months later I joined Ballaghadereen FC as 1st Team Sports therapist and Roscommon & District League Oscar Traynor Cup Team for a season.


“Aidan works with us on the Irish Diabetic Football team. I had a knee issue recently and Aidan was excellent in diagnosing the problem and providing the right treatment. .”

“I injured my knee mid year 2013. I've been to three different physical therapists, with AR Sports Therapy Clinic being the third. I have received the best care by far from this facility. My range of motion has increased and the pain has decreased. The therapists really know what to do and how to get you back on your feet (literally). Of course you must continue the recommended exercises on your own time, which helps during and after therapy. I recommend this facility.”

"Very knowledgeable and supportive!"

"I'm a total exercise novice, Aiden gave me some really practical and realistic tips. I've tried so many times over the years to adopt a fitness routine, but it's never really worked as no matter what I tried I always felt out of my depth and ended up quitting. His supportive treatment and advice have really encouraged me and I'm now finding my stride. highly recommended."

Sam Ferguson


It was a weekend course on taping techniques for various injuries. Kinesiology tape gives support, assists in recovery, pain relief and improved circulation


A 3 day course on all aspects of customer Service. Certified by QQI Awards
As per a previous Blog


I mentioned I was a member of the Roscommon Civil Defence and the level and quality of training are very high. All qualifications are certified by PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council). To date my qualifications are as Follows:

Occupational First Aid

-.Cardiac First Response Level 5

– Field Search Skills
– Manual Handling
– First Aid Responder
– Radio Communications U.H.F Net Operator
– Emergency First Response (currently study)


I went to the Sports Surgery Clinic Sports Medicine Conference in 2013 which was held at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry. The conference also covered Orthopaedics, Sports Injury, Sports Medicine and Specialist Services.


The course Certified by the FAI and Sport Ireland. The course also includes Garda Vetting.



Certified by the FAI

I was team Sports Therapist for the Midlands Schoolboys League. I was with them for the 5 weeks leaving up to the Kennedy Cup as well as the Kennedy Cup itself which took place over a week in June. The Tournament took place in Limerick University we won the Kennedy Cup Bowl




I am a member of The Irish Massage Therapists Association and FICTA

Other teams I worked with are Boyle Celtic. We got to the FAI Junior Cup Semi Final where we were Defeated by Evergreen FC from Kilkenny. The game was in the Showgrounds,home of Sligo Rovers.

I was Team Sports Therapist for Athlone side St Peters FC we won The League, the Cup and the League Cup

I was Team Sports Therapist for the Ireland Senior 6 aside football squad. We went to Kiev to represent Ireland in the European Minifootball Championships.

For 2 seasons I have been 1st team Sports Therapist for Manor Utd FC.
1 season with the Ireland Diabetic Futsal Squad. We travelled to Kiev for the European DiaEuro Futsal Championships. We finished 7th out of 9 teams. It was the first Ireland team to play in the tourney

I was Team Sports Therapist for the Bohemiens girls u17s we were Runners up in the U17 WOMENS National league Shield Final. I am still at the club.


Aidan Raftery is the Principal of AR Sports Injuries Clinic and offers Treatment for sports injuries as well as professional sports massage. If laid up or travel is difficult Aidan is available to travel for any client in Dublin-The Midlands or NorthWest. Also available to cover matches or training as an on the spot sports therapist

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Christmas Wishes from ROS FM presenters

Christmas Wishes from ROS FM presenters

Christmas Wishes from ROS FM presenters

All the presenters wishing our listeners a Merry Christmas and prosperous new year

Volunteers get together to discuss what to do regarding decorating the studio for Christmas. Watch to see what happens.

A traitor is found among the volunteers as an application is found by chance. One member of the RosFM volunteers has applied for a job at Christmas FM. But who? Watch this space to find out……
Video out next week

Another video Christmas Video from RosFM

Happy Christmas

Sports RoundUp 22 December 2019

Sports RoundUp 22 December 2019


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 Dublin Senior Footballers won team of the year at the RTE Sports Personality of the year awards. Dublin won their 5th All Ireland in a row and recently Dublin Manager Jim Gavin stepped down and replaced by Dessie Farrel who is also a former player for Dublin and managed Dublin teams at underage level.  He comes into the job with a wealth of experience. Hopefully, Stephen Cluxton will stay on.



CREDIT Dublin GAA Facebook page


Liverpool FC is in the world Club  Final after beating Mexican side Monterrey. They now take on Brazillian outfit Flamengo in the final this weekend. Match report next week

Roscommon Gaels U20 Footballers are the Roscommon U20 Division 2 Championship County Final Defeating Eire Og/Michael Glaveys

On a score of 1-12 to 0-10

CREDIT Roscommon Herald Sport

Padraig Pearses Senior Footballers won the Sports Personality of the  Roscommon Herald/SupervaluMonth Award for November. Well done Lads and


Elphin Community College Girls Senior Volleyball team were crowned All Ireland Champions at the weekend


Elphin Community College Senior boys volleyball team won the All Ireland Shield. Well done lads

Elphin Community College

December 18 at 7:39 PM

Volleyball IrelandLike Page

December 10 at 6:13 PM ·

Congratulations to Elphin CC, Roscommon who won the Senior Boys A shield competition today in UL Sports Arena. Based of their Senior A league positions, teams from up and down the length of the country played both semi-finals and final. St Louis CS, Mayo, Dungarvan College, Waterford, and Davis College, Cork.

Both semis were extremely tight with Elphin overcoming Davis college 2-1 and Dungarvan this year’s runners up defeating St Louis by a similar scoreline. The Roscommon team emerged 2019 Shield winners though against a strong Dungarvan side taking the winning set 25-23. MVP Colin Burke (Elphin)

Creggs RFC have been doing really well in the last couple of seasons but they suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down to a very good Connemara RFC side

Roscommon & District League Premier Division, First Division & Second Division in the Premiere Division Castlerea Celtic had a 3v0 win over title rivals Ballinasloe in Lecarrow. In Division 1, Ballaghadereen had a 5v1 win over Rahara Rovers  credit Roscommon & District League

 Scor is going well Credit Roscommon County Board


Manor United had a great 4v2 win over Skyvally Rovers in Strokestown on Sunday afternoon.  Despite going 1v0 down early, the lads kept the head and kept pressing and they got their reward from a great Cross from top goalscorer Tom Ward who is the Teams Top Goalscorer, but also the Top Scorer in Division 2.  His brilliant cross was met by a great header to equalise.  But we pressed more and more and it paid off in the second half when we got a free-kick.  Dylan Carbon took the free-kick and I tell you this much, David Beckham would have been proud of it.  With us 3v1 up, Skyvalley B had to do something so they had to press high and play attacking football which leads to loads of chances for us and our efforts were rewarded when Skyvalley conceded a penalty which Tom Ward scored emphatically.  But the scoring wasn’t done yet as manor rounding off their scoring with a 4th and before the end, Skyvalley got a consolation goal.  That leaves Manor United 2nd in the league going into the Christmas break with 5 league games left in the season. Our first game in the new year is v Galway side Mervue B in the Connacht Shield at home.  I started back with Manor for the Skyvalley B game and it was great to be back.



December 15

Manor utd 4 Skyvally Rovers 2

Skyvally went 1 up after 10min after a mistake from our defence. In 30 min manor scored when Tom ward crossed from the left to Louis Galvin who brilliantly headed to the corner of the net. Dylan Carbin scored a brilliant 25yd free-kick to make it 2-1 in 60min, manor took over at this stage and tom ward scored a penalty in 65min to make 3-1. It was all one-way traffic at this stage with Skyvally keeper was the busy player on the field. Tom ward got the forth from a sola run from the right-hand the last-minute manor, defender missed the place a back pass and put it in his own net. We have 22 points out of 11 games now which makes us 2nd in our league with 5 games left.

Squad, James Beatty, Bernie stokes, Patrick stokes, Dylan Carbin Mom), Michael Kelly, Kevin Concannon, Ciaran Casey, Patrick O’ Connor, Jamie Burke, Louis Galvin, Tom ward, Micheal ward, Paddy McCormick, Richard Farrell, Martin ward.  Also on 27th December in Early’s Pub in Ballinaheglish, the club will be holding its Awards Presentation night. Promises to be a good night.  Yours truly got an invite and I am looking forward to it.



Roscommon GAA County Board have announced a surplus of €1.2 million CREDIT Off The Ball



Athlone Town FC has appointed Adrian Carberry as the 1st team Manager.  Adrian was the Roscommon & District League Coaching & Education Officer then he got involved with Athlone Town on the coaching side of things at underage level.  Adrian is a man I know personally and is very helpful and has done great work in coaching around Roscommon and was involved in many great initiatives including at Ballaghadereen FC where he helped with an all Inclusive programme for Syrian refugees to help them integrate into the community in Ballaghadereen. They learned English and Adrian coached them. Some of them are now playing for the club.  I want to wish Adrian Carberry all the best in his new role


Arsenal FC has appointed Former Player Mikel Arteta as their new first-team coach.  Taking into account that he was only Assistant Manager at Manchester City, he has had no first-team managerial experience and to appoint him as 1st Team Manager of the sinking ship that is Arsenal who couldn’t by a win, is he a good choice. Credit Sky Sports

Everton FC has appointed Carlo Ancellotti as the First Team Manager. At the moment you would have to say, between Arsenal and Everton, I would say Everton are by far the better team but you would think that too look at the table and looking at their form. Can Ancellotti turn the tide? CREDIT BBC Sport

Manor United FC Management Team of Padraig Cryan, George Kelly and Chris Ward masterminded yet another win to guide Manor United to yet another within the Roscommon & District Football League.  The team have been playing really well since the start of the season and with that win over Skyvalley Rovers B in mind, it means that we go into the Christmas Break in 2nd place with 5 League games remaining. Manor United had a great side up until 2012 when they had to fold due to lack of players.  However, last season they reformed with the Padraig Cryan, George Kelly and Chris ward as the management team. The 1st season back is always difficult but they hadn’t a bad season considering it was the first season. This season the players and management dug deep and got back on the training field for pre-season and preparations went well and this season so far turned in great performances. The squad was basically the same as last season including Tom Ward and Dylan Carbin but new players coming into the squad including goalkeeper James Beatty after the departure of last seasons’ goalkeeper Mark due to retirement.

New Ireland Rugby Head Coach Andy Farrell has picked his squad that took part in this weeks training camp which is the first Training Camp under Andy Farrell. He Called it a Stock Take. He has dropped some regulars from the squad for this one but he also drafted in some new uncapped players so as to get a closer look at them. This will prove a very useful exercise for him ahead of the 2020 6 Nations. A lot of eyes with be on the Ireland squad during the 6 Nations as this year under Joe Schmidt, considering the quality in the squad a lot of experts have said that they underachieved in both the 6 Nations and the world cup and considering that Andy Farrell was Joe Schmidts Assistant Head Coach, people will look forward to seeing if there were lessons learned from this season and now with Rory best having retired who was a great leader it will be very interesting.  That said regarding coaching, Andy Knows these players already which is good to a certain extent for both the players and Andy. How will Ireland get on in 2020? Let’s hope 2020 is a great year for the Ireland Rugby Team        


Manor Utd on Sunday I had my first game as a team sports therapist with Manor United at home to Skyvalley Rovers FC B. we had a good 4v2 win but unfortunately one of their players sustained a Hip Flexor injury.  For more information read the Blog on Hip flexor Injuries.    Tom Ward had a great game as he set up the equaliser before scoring from the penalty spot later in the game all during the game he made some great runs. Dylan Carbin had a man of the match display started at midfield before being switched to midfield he also scored an amazing free Kick to see the free go.

Liverpool FC 3rd choice Goalkeeper and Rep of Ireland U21 Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher who has a Champions League medal from last season and already made 1 appearance in goal for Liverpool played in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup Quarterfinal V Aston Villa in Villa Park on Tuesday night where they Lost 5v0 but the academy side performed really well despite the scoreline.  Caoimhin had to get a flight to Doha to join the 1st team squad for their World Club Cup Semi-Final v Mexican side Monterrey which they beat to reach the final where they play Brazillian side Flamengo on Saturday in the final. Van Dijk missed the semi-final due to illness but trained with the club ahead of the final.

Ireland Rugby Team had their first training camp under the new manager this weekend minus the presence of Leinsters Rob Kearney and Connacht’s Jack Carty. That said there are several uncapped players who made the squad for the training camp





FAI They are in trouble and asked Shane Ross for a bailout. €50million in debt and lost their Main sponsor in 3 mobile how do they get out of this one? Considering we have a playoff semi-final in March and if we qualify for the Euros, we do not want to be going into either under this cloud.  Shane Ross has refused to give a bailout. But he has contacted UEFA for a meeting to see if there was a way of resolving the matter.  There was a suggestion of splitting to FAI into 2 parts, one part looks after the grassroots football in Ireland, the other looks after the elite players and teams. If it was implemented would it work?  WATCH THIS SPACE



On the Physio bench this week

  • Van Dijk Liverpool FC  Defender  (out due to illness from last Wednesdays World Club Cup Semi-Final)


  • Johnny Sexton Leinster & Ireland   Fly Half    (Long Term estimated to miss Irelands first 2 6 Nations games)



  • Nathan Aki (Thigh Injury estimated return date is 21st January 2020)


  • Kieran Tierney Arsenal     (Shoulder Injury estimated return 14th March 2020
  • Kieran Tierney Shoulder Injury Dec 14: “Dislocated shoulder at West Ham. Kieran will undergo surgery next week and will rehabilitate for around three months.”      14/03/2020         None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Dani Ceballos Thigh Injury        Dec 14: “Aiming to return to full training next week.”      26/12/2019         None                50%        TRACK
  • Hector Bellerin Thigh Injury        Dec 14: “Tight hamstring. Will miss Man City. Aiming to resume training next week.” 21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               50%        TRACK
  • Granit Xhaka Head/Face Injury             Dec 11: “Concussion. Will miss Standard Liege and Man City and will be managed as per concussion protocols.”            21/12/2019         None     100%     TRACK
  • Mesut Ozil Ankle/Foot Injury            Dec 20: “Right foot. Sustained during Manchester City. Being assessed ahead of Everton.”          21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test
  • Rob Holding Knee Injury         Dec 11: “Bruising to knee. Aiming to return to full training in next two weeks.”                21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               50%        TRACK
  • Sead Kolasinac Ankle/Foot Injury            Dec 20: “Ankle ligament injury. Aiming to return to full training in January.”             No Return Date None     Ruled Out



  • Keinan Davis Thigh Injury        Dec 06: “Keinan should be back within the next 10 days, to two weeks which should be great news for us.”     28/12/2019         None     25%        TRACK
  • Tyrone Mings Thigh Injury        Dec 13: “Thankfully, for us, it’s not in the belly of the hamstring. Hopefully, he’ll be pain-free after this weekend and then can keep progressing, but each individual’s different in terms of getting back.”    28/12/2019         None     25%        TRACK
  • Jed Steer Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Nov 22: “Jed has been ruled out for around three to four months with a partial tear in his Achilles.”



  • Jose Izquierdo Knee Injury         Dec 12: “Jose is now good. He is in the recovery phase. It has been an injury to the meniscus. We hope Jose can be competing again in Jan or Feb.”         01/02/2020         None     Ruled Out                TRACK
  • Solomon March Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Groin Strain        01/01/2020         None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Aaron Connolly Thigh Injury Dead Leg              21/12/2019         None     100%



  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson Thigh Injury        Dec 19: “Fortunately, we’ve got an Under-23 game on Saturday. He’ll get more minutes in that, and hopefully 90 if that goes well.”         26/12/2019         None     75%                TRACK
  • Chris Wood Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Achilles Injury    21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75%                TRACK
  • Ashley Westwood Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Tight Groin          21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               50%                TRACK
  • Kevin Long Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Dec 14: “Longy has made good progress as well so that gives us more depth.” 21/12/2019         None     100%



  • Olivier Giroud Ankle/Foot Injury            Ankle Sprain       22/12/2019         None     100%     TRACK
  • Fikayo Tomori Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Dec 09: “Tomori is out, he has a small, tiny strain around his hip area. It has bothered him for a little bit so we have taken him out for a couple of days.”              22/12/2019         None                100%     TRACK
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Dec 16: “It’s been a long journey, I’m just grinding it out; I’ve had a few setbacks, which is normal. I’m close now anyway. If everything goes well, I’d say just over a month.”                No Return Date None     Ruled Out



  • Patrick van Aanholt Thigh Injury        Dec 16: “We’re hoping because it was a muscle injury, he’s working at it and we hope that might not be so long.”            21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75%        TRACK
  • Gary Cahill Knee Injury         Dec 16: “With Gary Cahill, he’s had a minor operation, so that will be a relatively long-term injury.”        No Return Date None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Andros Townsend Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Dec 16: “…. with Andros Townsend a long-term injury.”  No Return Date        Currently Being Assessed             Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Joel Ward Knee Injury         Dec 12: “He’s progressing as he should, but the original prognosis (2-3 months) is that it was going to be a long one. He is going in the right direction.”  No Return Date None     Ruled Out        TRACK
  • Jeffrey Schlupp Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Dec 16: “…. but with Jeffrey Schlupp it’s a long-term injury.”        No Return Date        None     Ruled Out


  • Theo Walcott Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Calf Strain            05/01/2020         None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Morgan Schneiderlin Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Calf Strain            28/12/2019         None     Ruled Out                TRACK
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson Other Dec 17: “We’re hopeful on Gylfi. We’ll wait and see. That’ll go right to the wire, I think.”  21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75%        TRACK
  • Djibril Sidibe Other    Illness   21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75%        TRACK
  • Fabian Delph Thigh Injury        Dec 17: “Delph is closer but I think the [Carabao Cup] game will come too soon for him.”   21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               50%        TRACK
  • Lucas Digne Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Dec 17: “Lucas got a strain on his groin area so how long it’s going to be, I’m not quite sure, but obviously he won’t be fit for Wednesday.”      No Return Date



  • Matthew James Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Dec 20: “He’s in training with the squad every day, so he’s making excellent progress. He’s not quite at the stage yet where we can think about games.”       No Return Date None                Ruled Out



  • Joel Matip Knee Injury         Dec 06: “We have to wait another two weeks I would think. But then he might need to rebuild [physically], which is not too cool, but it is nothing serious.”         02/01/2020         None     Ruled Out        TRACK
  • Georgino Wijnaldum Other    Dec 17: “Not as serious as we thought, so he’s here doing the first recovery. We will see day by day but for tomorrow night he’s not involved.”             21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test                50%        TRACK
  • Harvey Elliott Other    Knock    21/12/2019         None     100%     TRACK
  • Virgil van Dijk Other    Dec 18: “Yesterday, he had to leave [the training pitch] because he didn’t feel well. So, no training was possible, this morning no training. We will see, I don’t know how quick he can recover.”                21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75%        TRACK
  • Dejan Lovren Thigh Injury        Dec 13: “He is out, muscle this time – more serious than last time. We don’t have a timeframe.”         No Return Date None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Rhian Brewster Ankle/Foot Injury Dec 16: “He’s got a knock so he’s doubtful. We’re assessing him today, fingers crossed he makes it. We’ll see.”  No Return Date None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Nathaniel Clyne Knee Injury Jul 24: “Clearly an injury of this nature isn’t a happy moment for any player, but the silver lining for him is that, according to the medical guys, it’s a straightforward ACL injury.”           No Return Date        None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Fabio Tavares Ankle/Foot Injury            Nov 29: “Time-frame wise, we are not sure 100 per cent, but it looks pretty sure he won’t be involved in the Christmas fixtures. We have to find solutions.”     No Return Date None                Ruled Out



  • Aymeric Laporte Knee Injury         Dec 01: “[My recovery] is going very well. I can’t say when exactly, but more or less one month-and-a-half to two months.”        01/02/2020         None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Leroy Sane Knee Injury         Dec 17: “It is the next step to go on to the pitch, then he will train with us and then full sessions.”          01/02/2020         None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • David Silva Other    Dec 17: “David is not ready for tomorrow but we will see after that. Thursday or Friday he could train for Leicester and then we will see.” 27/12/2019         None     50%        TRACK
  • Sergio Aguero Thigh Injury        Dec 17: “Yeah, Sergio is coming back and is part of the session. It’s the next step to be part of the training session with the team.”     21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               50%                TRACK
  • John Stones Thigh Injury        Dec 10: “John is injured for a few weeks.”             21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test       75%


  • Eric Bertrand Bailly Knee Injury         Jul 30: “He’s had an operation and he’ll miss the best part of four or five months, I would think. Hopefully, we’ll get him back around Christmas.”          01/01/2020         None     Ruled Out        TRACK
  • Timothy Fosu-Mensah Knee Injury         Dec 10: “Tim and Eric have been out for a long time. They’ve stepped up their recovery, not joined with the team but not far away.”            01/01/2020         None     Ruled Out                TRACK
  • Marcos Rojo Other    Dec 10: “We are getting them back and, say, in 2020 we will have a strong and fit squad, definitely. They are working hard to get back and they want to be part of this.”     28/12/2019         None                25%        TRACK
  • Paul Pogba Ankle/Foot Injury            Dec 20: “Paul is training. He’s back in with the team so we’ll see how long it takes for him to feel ready to be part of a game.” 28/12/2019         None     25%        TRACK
  • Diogo Dalot Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Dec 16: “Maybe Diogo after he’s had a week of training, but probably no one else.”     20/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75



  • Matt Ritchie Ankle/Foot Injury            Nov 28: “Undergone a second operation. He will continue his rehabilitation on Tyneside and is expected to return to action in January 2020.”   18/01/2020         None     Ruled Out        TRACK
  • Allan Saint-Maximin Thigh Injury        Dec 08: “We don’t know how serious it is. We hope it is not too serious. When he pulls up the way he did, that’s the thing you fear.”        11/01/2020         None     Ruled Out                TRACK
  • Jamaal Lascelles Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Nov 21: “But [instead] he has a crack on the outside of his leg and it could be a month to six weeks.”   26/12/2019         None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Jonjo Shelvey Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Dec 17: “It was probably key to miss one game rather than 6/7. I should be back training by Thurs so that’ll give me a chance to play on Sat.”          21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test       75%        TRACK
  • Miguel Almiron Thigh Injury Dec 14: “We really don’t know [when they’ll be back]. We hope they’re not too serious. We hope they’re there or thereabouts by next weekend.”    21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test                75%        TRACK
  • Ki Sung-Yeung Other    Undisclosed       No Return Date None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Karl Darlow Other    Undisclosed       No Return Date None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Ciaran Clark Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Calf Strain            No Return Date Currently Being Assessed             Ruled Out


  • Timm Klose Knee Injury         Nov 14: “I’m feeling well at the moment. I’m within the timeline and have reached all the goals so far. Hopefully, I can play some games this season.”            02/05/2020         None     Ruled Out        TRACK
  • Ben Godfrey Knee Injury         Lateral Knee Ligament Sprain – LCL Injury              15/02/2020         None     Ruled Out        TRACK
  • Josip Drmic Thigh Injury        Nov 22: “He was injured in our last game. It’s a serious muscle fibre injury. Physios think he’ll be out for eight weeks.”          11/01/2020         None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Teemu Pukki Ankle/Foot Injury            Dec 20: “Thankfully, nothing broken. Teemu is available, so that’s good news. Just a painful bruise, the swelling has gone down.”           21/12/2019         None     100%     TRACK
  • Grant Hanley Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Dec 13: “We have some good news with Grant. He was back in team training on Wednesday. The game this weekend comes a bit too early but it’s good to have him back.”                21/12/2019         None     25%



  • Callum Robinson Other    Illness   21/12/2019         None     100%



  • Yan Valery Other    Dec 19: “Yan is out for longer. I said it last week that he will not play again this year. Maybe next year he is coming back.”       04/01/2020         None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Moussa Djenepo Thigh Injury        Dec 19: “Moussa is out for the weekend. He has problems with his hamstring and he could not train. Maybe next week he starts again but we don’t take the risk. It’s important he gets 100 per cent.”    26/12/2019         Currently Being Assessed             25%        TRACK
  • Sofiane Boufal Ankle/Foot Injury            Dec 19: “Boufal has still some issues with his movements without injections still not able to train with us. But it’s getting better and better. Maybe he’s in the squad at the weekend.”          21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               50%        TRACK
  • Kevin Danso Other    Dec 19: “We have some ill players. Kevin Danso was two days out with a fever.”                21/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75%


  • Hugo Lloris Arm/Elbow Injury            Nov 14: “Everything’s well. There can always be hazards, but my goal is to be ready for January. Whether it’s the beginning, the middle or the end, I don’t know.”          01/02/2020                None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Michel Vorm Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Nov 21: “Sustained a calf strain in training and expected to return to training next month.”    22/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75%        TRACK
  • Tanguy Ndombele Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Groin Strain        22/12/2019         Late Fitness Test               75%                TRACK
  • Erik Lamela Thigh Injury        Nov 21: “Continuing his rehabilitation and will not return this weekend.”                No Return Date None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Ben Davies Ankle/Foot Injury            Nov 26: “Following ongoing examination and assessment, we can confirm that Ben sustained ligament damage to his left ankle.”   No Return Date None     Ruled Out                TRACK


  • Adam Masina Thigh Injury        Thigh Injury        22/12/2019         None     100%     TRACK
  • Roberto Pereyra Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Groin Strain        22/12/2019         None     100%     TRACK
  • Danny Welbeck Thigh Injury Dec 19: “For the long-termers, there is no change really. They are making good progress and we are pleased with how they are developing.”           No Return Date None     Ruled Out                TRACK
  • Tom Cleverley Calf/Shin/Heel Injury      Dec 19: “For the long-termers, there is no change really. They are making good progress and we are pleased with how they are developing.”            No Return Date None     Ruled Out        TRACK
  • Sebastian Prodl Knee Injury Dec 19: “For the long-termers, there is no change really. They are making good progress and we are pleased with how they are developing.”           No Return Date None     Ruled Out                TRACK
  • Daryl Janmaat Knee Injury         Dec 19: “For the long-termers, there is no change really. They are making good progress and we are pleased with how they are developing.”           No Return Date None     Ruled Out                TRACK
  • Jose Holebas Ankle/Foot Injury            Ankle Injury        No Return Date None     Ruled Out



  • Manuel Lanzini Shoulder Injury Nov 28: “Manuel just started working yesterday on the pitch but he needs at least one month more without any problems with his shoulder; he cannot have any contact.”       01/01/2020                None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Lukasz Fabianski Thigh Injury        Nov 28: “We will see what the doctors say; the first date that was around was about Christmas, but we don’t have an exact date yet.”          28/12/2019         None     Ruled Out                TRACK
  • Felipe Anderson Pereira Gomes Other Dec 14: “Felipe was sick, he couldn’t train, he had some stomach problems so I hope it is only a couple days. Maybe he ate something that was not so good.”          26/12/2019                None     75%        TRACK
  • David Martin Thigh Injury        Dec 14: “He has a muscle injury. We will see tomorrow with the doctor how bad it is but we now have 12 days to recover.”   No Return Date Currently Being Assessed             25%                TRACK
  • Jack Wilshere Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury  Nov 28: “Jack continues with some problem. I hope that next week he will start working with the squad.”           No Return Date None     Ruled Out            TRACK
  • Winston Reid Other    Dec 12: “Winston Reid is working without problems.”      No Return Date Currently Being Assessed 50



  • Adama Traore Diarra Shoulder Injury Shoulder Injury 21/12/2019         None     100%     TRACK
  • Morgan Gibbs-White Lower Back Injury            Dec 06: “Closer, it’s a day-by-day process. First, we have to take care of his pain but he is improving and hopefully he can join us soon.”         No Return Date None     Ruled Out        TRACK
  • Willy Boly Ankle/Foot Injury            Dec 06: “He’s improving and he’s already walking with only one crutch to support him, but we have to wait. It’s a normal process of healing the bone and all these things.”          No Return Date        None     Ruled Out





How I got Involved with Roscommon Civil Defence

How I got Involved with Roscommon Civil Defence

 Roscommon Civil Defence-How I came to join

I am a member of the Roscommon Civil Defence. I joined in 2012. I was interested in joining for years but never had the time due to my playing career and 8 years in Dublin and 4 years in England. My brother Paul was a member years ago but sure to circumstances had to leave Roscommon Civil Defence.
While in England I did a course In sports injuries and I worked as Team Sports Therapist for Frampton Cotterell RFC 2nd team. While I was studying the course it was like an internship with the club and I was shadowing the first team physio Adam Page for 1 game every month. And with the 2nds for the other games each month. 1st and 2nd team games were at the same time every Saturday when I was with the 2nd team and the 1st team physio Adam Page was with the 1st team we would call each other or meet up on a Sunday and we discuss the injuries we treated. I learn from him and he and he says yes you did that right well done. And if the player had that injury this is how you would treat the injury. I enjoyed the course.
The theory exams were done online and I got a distinction the practicals was the best part as that took place in the reck, yes that’s right, Bath rugby’s home stadium. It was a day long. It was a great day. In fact, i was the only person from outside the club that did the practicals there. The rest were coaches and players. In the end, there were practical exams and a written exam on the practical course I did. And I got. A pass with a distinction I let the club and it was official, myself and Adam were the medical team for the 1st team 2nd team and 3rd team. I was with the club for 3 seasons and loved every minute of it. It wasn’t just a rugby club, it was a family, we looked out for each other a community. When I left to come back to Ireland they gave me a club jersey signed by everyone. It was during those 3 years with the club that I found what I really wanted to do in. Life….be a Sports Therapist.
When I came back to Ireland I did more courses and started working with clubs at underage and adult level. Hurling, Football, Soccer, Rugby. Doing Sports Therapy for charity sports events such things like the Annual Cuisle Fun Run and Child Aid Cycle. Years before this I did a First Aid For Sport. I did it as I love sport but never thought I would seriously use it. Neither did I think it would lead me down the road where I could earn money by doing something I love.
 Roscommon Civil Defence cert

Roscommon Civil Defence-what I Love About it

One day I was doing Sports Therapy for a club I was working for and the Civil Defence were at it. After the game, I spoke to them and they told me a lot. I knew a bit from when my brother was in it but I wasn’t aware of the opportunities available and what a person can achieve and learn so I asked about joining Roscommon Civil Defence and they gave me an email address for Ray Dunne. I emailed him and a few days later he replied and asked me to meet him in his office to sort out paperwork like Garda vetting and registration forms etc. Then he said about the uniform etc and when classes would be starting up so I attended the first night met the people learned about the different departments or sections they have I became hooked, to coin a phrase from a del boy from only fools and horses….that is a bit of me. The first course I did was CPR and coronary First Responder (using a defibrillator) then Occupational First Aid, Manual Handling did those courses both the theory and practical and did the refresher courses to keep up to date with my training. It complimented my work as a Sports Therapist. Roscommon Civil Defence provides the medical back up at sports events like matches at Dr Hyde Park music events, training exercises, searches, doing courses, wearing a lovely uniform with the Ireland flag and marching in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. But what I love the most about being a member of Roscommon Civil Defence and what the meaning of the organisation is helping the public, making a difference to peoples life. Also, Roscommon Civil Defence and the civil defence all around Ireland is not just a voluntary organisation consisting of amazing people, it is a family that comes together to help the public to stay safe at events.
I love doing duties at games, marching in the Ballintubber at Patrick’s Day Parades, we were part of medical back up and security back up in Knock for the visit of the pope in 2018. A low point was when we helped in the search for 3 men from county Down who were in the Athlone area for a weekend fishing trip and were reported missing I was involved in one of the search days and unfortunately, the 3 men were found dead. It was a tough time for everyone involved in the search and our hearts prayers and thoughts went to the family and friends of the deceased men. Members of Roscommon Civil Defence helped out in the flooding in Athleague. I have to say I am very proud to be a volunteer with such a fantastic organisation and also to work with such amazing people. Being a member has enhanced my life and benefitted me as a person in so many ways. This week I and my colleagues passed out the theory and practical tests for First Aid Responder which include CPR and Coronary First Responder (using a Defibrillator). The training we get in Roscommon Civil Defence and civil Defence nationwide is amazing. Next up is Emergency First Responder next year. I am looking forward to the future with Roscommon Civil Defence.
 Roscommon Civil Defence-ceremony