Doyle guests at Doctors & Physiotherapists Workshop
Designed to educate, inform and engage the doctors and physiotherapists who work in the SSE Airtricity League, Continental Tyres Women's National League, and international football, the Workshop proved to be a great success with a large number of guests present.
This is the 11th year that the Workshop has been running as Dr. Alan Byrne and highly experienced physiotherapist Colin Dunlevy - who both work with the Ireland men's senior team - were instrumental in organising the worthwhile event.
There were a range of expert speakers, including FAI Head of Fitness Dan Horan, Cobh Ramblers' Dr. Louise O'Connell, Ireland Women's Under 17's Dr. Charlotte Skidmore, and IRFU Medical Director Rod McLoughlin.
Included on the agenda was an anti-doping update, information on a planned injury surveillance research project, a review of pitchside medical equipment, and a course on basic life support training, which is approved by UEFA and the Irish Heart Foundation.
Doyle also delivered a fascinating presentation, alongside Dr. Alan Byrne, on how he dealt with concussion, how it affected him, and how it ultimately ended his playing career early following knocks to the head whilst playing for Colorado Rapids in MLS.
The insights from a player, who scored 14 goals in 63 senior appearances for Ireland, provided the assembled group with plenty of food for thought as a discussion then started on recognising and treating concussion.
Supported by the FAI Board and the FAI Medical Committee, the Workshop addressed many key issues and provided each attendee with a better understanding of the various topics that were discussed.