Michael works as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at SSC Sports Medicine

Michael O’Driscoll

Michael works as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at SSC Sports Medicine where he helps to deliver key clinic services such as rehab labs, fitness & performance assessments, and one-to-one strength & conditioning and injury rehabilitation. He originally studied for a BA in Human Development at Dublin City University before going on to complete a postgraduate degree in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently studying to complete a MSc in Performance Coaching at Setanta College.

Michael is accredited through the UKSCA and NSCA. Outside of the clinic, he has extensive experience working in team sport environments. He previously worked at Leinster Rugby with senior and academy squads and currently works as an Athletic Performance Coach with the Dublin U20 Gaelic Football Team.

Ben Daly

Ben works as Strength and Conditioning coach where he helps with hands on strength training and rehabilitation, lab services as well as performance and fitness profiling. He is an accredited member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as qualifying with a BSc in Sport Science and Health from DCU and a MSc in Strength and Conditioning from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Ben has worked with elite, professional and amateur athletes from a wide range of team and individual sports which has helped him develop a deep-rooted philosophy that puts health and injury prevention before performance.

Ciarán Keogh

Ciarán works as a Strength & Conditioning coach delivering the Fitness, Health and Rehab Lab services. He is accredited with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and an accredited professional member of the Sport Ireland Institute in High-Performance Sports Strength and Conditioning. Ciarán has provided strength and conditioning to Paralympic athletes since 2005 preparing athletes for European, World and Paralympic games and has also worked with elite and professional athletes from sports such as cricket, boxing, cycling and GAA.

Ciarán holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Trinity College Dublin and a BSc Health, fitness and leisure studies. Ciarán has also lectured up to MSc level and is a lead and co-author in research articles on Isometric testing and GAA.

Tommy Mooney

Tommy Mooney is a senior strength & conditioning coach who has worked in the Sports Surgery Clinic since 2018. Tommy is a UKSCA accredited coach and has an MSc in strength & conditioning from St Mary’s University in Twickenham. He has published 2 scientific research papers on elite underage Gaelic football. Tommy has worked with elite and professional athletes from 15 different sports, including GAA, Hurling, MMA, Soccer, Rugby, Athletics, Olympic Weightlifting, Tennis and AFL.

Outside of the clinic Tommy has been involved with Dublin GAA for the last 8 years, coaching U16s up to the senior football team, currently he oversees the athletic development of the Dublin U20 football team.

Dr. Neil Welch

Neil is Head of Lab services and research at SSC where he has worked clinically delivering rehab and testing for 10 years. He has a PhD in the role of strength and power in rehabilitation and performance alongside his MSc in Strength and conditioning and BSc in Sports Science and physiology. 

He is accredited through the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and has a vast array of experience coaching across multiple field and court sports.

Jack Dent

Jack works as a Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach, where he helps lead the Fitness, Health and Rehab Lab services. Jack has a Master’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning and a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science with Coaching.

He is accredited through the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and his coaching experience includes University sport, academy rugby and junior and senior Olympic gymnastics. Jack has also lectured up to MSc level and co-authored research articles in team sport fatigue.

Joe Collins

Joe’s career started in Leicester Tigers Rugby Academy, from there Joe moved to Manchester Metropolitan University.  During his time at Manchester Metropolitan University, Joe worked with elite athletes from over 25 different sports from rowing, to soccer to netball.  

Joe has over 8 years’ experience in the S&C industry and with his broad breath of experience it provides him with the flexibility to work across a wide variety of different environments and with athletes and teams at all levels.  Joe has a proven track record of performance improvement, injury reduction as well as long term planning for success.

Joe can help you condense your weekly training and manage your load which in turn
will help increase your time spent on the pitch/court or greater strength and power in your sessions.  Essentially Joe wants to help you be the best you can be and become a pivotal component of your success.

Dr. Colin Griffin

Dr. Colin Griffin is a rehabilitation specialist and a PhD-level expert in foot and ankle rehabilitation. He is keenly interested in calf and Achilles tendon injuries and lower-limb running injuries.Colin initially obtained a BA degree at the University of Limerick and a degree in Strength and Conditioning with Setanta College before achieving an MSc in Coaching and Exercise Science at University College Dublin. Colin recently completed his PhD in Achilles tendon injury rehabilitation and lower limb biomechanics at the University of Côte d’Azur in France under the supervision of Prof. JB Morin, who is renowned in the field of running biomechanics.

He is an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and Sport Ireland Institute. He is also a certified Level 3 Endurance Coach with Athletics Ireland.Before joining the Sports Surgery Clinic in 2014, Colin enjoyed a 15-year career in elite sport as an international athlete representing Ireland at all levels, including the European and World Championships and the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in the 50km walk.

Since retiring from elite sport, Colin enjoys running, where he remains competitive at national level in senior and masters grades and has a marathon best time of 2.23.00.Colin combines his rich experiences as an athlete, his clinical experience gained over the last 9 years, and his research work to maximise his delivery of rehabilitation to patients. He also provides strength and conditioning support to some of Ireland’s leading athletes.