Áine Tunney

Aine Tunney

Chartered Physiotherapist

In 2010, Áine qualified as a Physiotherapist from Ulster University, Jordanstown. She is a full practicing member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and an overseas member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in the UK. Áine furthered her formal postgraduate education in September 2010 by undertaking an MSc in Neurology and Gerontology at RCSI, Dublin. During this time, she began her clinical career by working with local Gaelic football teams, working at sporting events including European amateur surfing championships, basketball tournaments and the Dublin Marathon as well as volunteering with a stroke charity in Northern Ireland. Áine graduated from RCSI in 2012 where her thesis focused on the expectations of stroke patients for their long-term rehabilitation and quality of life. By this time she had started working as a Band 5 Physiotherapist in Musculoskeletal Outpatients in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Co. Antrim where she worked until August 2015.

Áine spent the following year working in private practice at Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic (NSIC) in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. On top of her clinic-based caseload and Pilates classes, Áine was part of clinic’s Running Clinic team. She was the Physiotherapist for Team Northumbria Netball in the Vitality Netball Superleague for their 2015-16 season. Furthermore, Áine provided match cover and player drop-in treatment clinics to a variety of Northumbria University sports teams as part of her physiotherapist role at NSIC: men’s football, women’s rugby union, and men’s rugby league.

Áine came back home to Letterkenny in September 2016 to join the team here at JT Physiotherapy as a Senior Physiotherapist and to also undertake her MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at UCD. Her thesis is a group project with two of her classmates that aims to determine the validity and reliability of hamstring strength testing. She hopes to graduate from UCD later this year.

Áine is driven to constantly improve her clinical skills and to stay up to date with the latest research to provide the optimal treatment approach to all patients using the best available evidence. This has led her to attend specialist knee, shoulder and pain management courses delivered by leading physiotherapists in their respective fields. Other courses Áine had attended include: pitch-side wound management, sports traumatology and first aid, running rehabilitation, return to play guidelines, acupuncture, manual therapy (Cyriax approach), sports taping, IRFU SAFE Rugby Level 3, Reformer Pilates. In addition, Áine has attended many evening lectures and conferences, the highlights of which being the Second World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy on Optimal Loading in Sport in 2017 and the Arsenal FC SEMS Conference on Marginal Gains in Sport Medicine in 2016.

Áine has a keen interest in all sports. She is on the verge of retiring from basketball where she has always been more of a defensive style of player. She has played basketball at university club level in Ireland and England but it all started at Letterkenny Blaze. Áine completed the Belfast Marathon in 2014 (in an undisclosed time) and has a First Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.

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