Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Michael Cullen, CEO of Beacon Hospital, during the launch of new Sports Lab at the Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
A new sports lab kitted out with some of the most advanced sports-assessment equipment in the country has opened at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin. Designed for athletes and exercise enthusiasts of all levels, this new facility is a response to the growing trend of people in Ireland exercising more and is to be headed up by Dr Alan Byrne, the Republic of Ireland Senior International Team’s physician, and consultant in sports and exercise medicine at the Beacon Hospital.
The new Sports Lab offers personalised training programmes for any level, from people looking to run their first 10km, to those training for an Ironman, to professional athletes. The team includes Chris Simpson, an exercise physiologist and Ironman-certified coach with expertise in coaching athletes at novice and international level. It is also connected to the full services of an acute hospital at the Beacon Hospital. The new Sports Lab was officially launched recently by Republic of Ireland football manager, Mick McCarthy.