The Team

Our Squad….Your Team

Paul Oppermann Director of Dublin Sports Clinic

Paul Oppermann

Business Director

One of the Clinic’s Directors, Paul is Head Coach and Sports Therapist. Paul holds a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise from University College Dublin as well as being a qualified Sports and Remedial Therapist. He has been Sports Therapist to the Dublin Senior Football Team for the past 3 seasons. Previously, he has worked with Scottish Rugby, Glasgow Warriors and the IRFU Irish Women’s7’s Rugby Team. Paul’s sporting background is in Track and Field Athletics where he won numerous National titles during his career over 100, 200 and 400m. He has competed for Ireland in several major Championships, the highlight being in 2000 where he ran in the Olympic Games in Sydney. Paul has a keen interest in injury prevention and sports performance. Alongside his work in the Clinic, Paul is now coach to some of Ireland’s top sprint athletes.

Fiona Oppermann Director of Dublin Sports Clinic

Fiona Oppermann

Managing Director

Fiona has a BSc (Sports & Exercise Management) from University College Dublin and a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Trinity College. She is also a qualified Sports Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach. A former international Sprinter, Fiona represented Ireland over 200 and 400 meters at both junior and senior levels and won numerous national titles. She currently works as Sports Therapist to the Dublin Senior Football Team. Her previous team work has included the Scottish Rugby Teams, Glasgow Warriors, Irish Junior Athletics Team, Kilmacud Crokes Gaa and St Michaels College Rugby. She has been a speaker for a number of companies on the role of exercise on health & mental wellbeing in a corporate environment. She has a keen interest and experience in exercise rehabilitation, sports performance and pre and postnatal training.

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.

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James Hale

Chartered Physiotherapist

James is a CORU registered, Chartered Physiotherapist member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy, having graduated from Trinity College Dublin. and holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Genetics from Nottingham University.
James specialises in acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, With a background of coaching climbing at an international level, and movement based performance arts, James specialises in the rehabilitation of upper limb injuries. Integrating his strength and conditioning qualifications with Pilates and movement qualifications, James has worked extensively rehabilitating strength based athletes in the disciplines of Power lifting, weight lifting, climbing and circus performance.
A strong research and publication background James is currently working with the exercise and brain health research group in Trinity College Dublin on blood based biomarkers for assessing brain health in contact sports.

Aoife Gillen Strength and Conditioning

Aoife Gillen

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Aoife joined the DSC Team in October 2015. She graduated from University College Dublin in 2010 with a B.Sc. in Sports & Exercise Management. She is a qualified Strength & Conditioning Specialist since 2013. 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 team sports athletes and track&field athletes for performance and re-hab. She has a keen interest in the importance of strength and conditioning for the older adult and works with our Over 55’s 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.
Catherine Simpson Physiotherapist

Catherine Simpson

Lead Physiotherapist

Catherine Simpson is a Chartered Physiotherapist (CORU registered) and has been the Lead Physiotherapist here at Dublin Sports Clinic since 2019. Catherine completed a MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine in 2015 (Trinity College Dublin) and is also NCSC Strength & Conditioning qualified. Catherine’s areas of special interest are biomechanical and overload injuries from running, field sports and strength training. She also has a wealth of experience in other areas such as postural or myofascial pain and believes in first reducing pain levels and then gradually increasing exercise load. Catherine has worked with elite and professional sports teams from Bray Wanders FC (2015), Railway Union Women’s RFC (2016-2018), Paralympics Ireland Cycling Squad (2017) and has been then physiotherapist for the Irish Women’s Cricket team since January 2017. Catherine is a fan of all sports and a keen hockey player playing Leinster div1 hockey with Clontarf Hockey Club.

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.