THE SQUAD

Paul Oppermann

Co – Founder

Paul is a Performance Coach and Sports Therapist and a founder of the Dublin Sports Clinic. He set up DSC with his wife Fiona in 2015. As an Olympic Athlete with years of experience of both personal injuries and working with high performance athletes and Teams, he strived to create a training hub with a unique offering encompassing everyday and high performance training, injury management, rehab and physical wellbeing.

Paul has a Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Management from UCD. As a Track Athlete he won many national titles and represented Ireland at the highest level. He has worked as Speed coach to some of the countries top Athletes and Teams. Coaching efficient movement and developing overall functional strength are skills that Paul believes are critical elements to injury prevention and achieving both health and performance goals, His focus on educating his clients with practical advice and self – management skills is key in his successful approach to training and treatment.

Paul is currently working with the Dublin Senior Ladies Football team. He has previously worked with Dublin Senior and U16 Football teams, Scottish Rugby as well as numerous International Athletes at European and world level.

He features regularly as a Fitness Expert on Newstalk and Today Fm and works on many campaigns with Sport Ireland. Outside of his athletics career, he also played Rugby at both schools and club level and still enjoys playing with St Mary’s College.

Fiona Oppermann Director of Dublin Sports Clinic

Fiona Oppermann

Co – Founder

Fiona is a Sports Therapist and Strength and conditioning coach and along with her husband Paul, heads up the team in DSC. Fiona has a degree in Sport & Exercise Management from UCD and a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Trinity. She is a former International athlete, who has won many national sprint titles and has representative honours at both junior and senior level. She applies her own experience of high level training and performance with practical knowledge in her approach to treatment, injury rehab and coaching in DSC. She is passionate about helping people develop strength through better movement for both health and performance goals.

Along with her day to day work in the clinic, she is currently working as Sports Therapist with the Dublin Ladies Senior Football Team. Her previous team work includes Dublin Senior Football Team, Scottish Rugby, Irish Junior Athletics Team & St Michaels College Rugby. She also works one to one with a number of elite athletes from GAA, rugby and athletics.

She has a special interest in pre and post- natal training and is an advocate for the important role of exercise in both a healthy pregnancy and post-natal recovery. With over 10 years experience working with female clients and athletes, and as a mum to a one year old boy, brings her clinical expertise and personal experience to her coaching, programming and education.

In her corporate work, she regularly hosts workshops and speaks on the role of exercise on health and mental wellbeing.

Peter Mathews Physical Therapist

Peter Mathews

Physical Therapist & Strength and Conditioning Coach

Peter Mathews is a physical therapist and personal trainer and has worked within the fitness industry for the past 15 years. A successful distance runner, at national and international level, winning 9 national titles for cross country and track. He has represented Ireland on several occasions, finishing 10th in the European Championships and 22nd in the World Cross Country Championships. More recently he has had great success at Master’s level, winning the British & Irish international Cross Country Championships on two occasions.

Throughout his career Peter has gained invaluable experience of many sports related injuries as well as treating regular day to day injuries both acute and chronic. He has worked with the Dublin Senior Football Team and Scottish Rugby Team. He has gained a reputation for treating running injuries from amateurs to professionals and enjoys supporting clients with engaging strength and conditioning training programmes.

Aoife Gillen

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Aoife joined the DSC team in October 2015. She graduated from University College Dublin in 2013 with a B.Sc. in Sports & Exercise Management. She is a qualified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2015. Currently Aoife is working towards her qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy with the National Training Centre.

In the clinic she trains private clients and recreational athletes in strength and conditioning and works with both sports teams and track & field athletes for performance and rehab. She has keen interest in the importance of S&C for the older adukts and works with our over 55s Senior Strength and Age Active group training sessions. In her own sporting career Aoife has represented Wicklow in senior county football for a number of years.

Ellie Hartnett

Chartered Physiotherapist

Ellie began working in Dublin Sports Clinic in November 2018. She graduated in 2015 from UCD with a Bsc in Physiotherapy. She specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has worked in the Private Practice setting since graduating. Ellie has a keen interest in athletics, as a middle-distance athlete herself she enjoys treating runners. She realises the importance of injury prevention and strength and conditioning for runners, not only as a preventative measure but also to aid performance.

Her special interests include chronic lower limb injuries and tendinopathies which can plague runners. Ellie has worked with worked with Greystones Rugby team providing pitch side physio and has worked extensively with the Irish Paralympic Team, providing physio away on training camp and at competition.