Catherine Blake

Catherine Blake
University College Dublin | UCD · School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sport Science

BPhysio MMedSc HDip (Stats) MA(Stats) PhD

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September 2019 - present
University College Dublin
Position
  • Head of Department
October 2014 - August 2019
University College Dublin
Position
  • Head of Department
Education
September 2014 - August 2015
University College Dublin
Field of study
  • Statistics
September 2012 - June 2014
University College Dublin
Field of study
  • Mathematics - Statistics
September 1998 - October 2001
University College Dublin
Field of study
  • Medicine

Publications

Publications (262)
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Objectives The Irish Hockey League (IHL) introduced an eight-week winter break for the first time in the 2018/2019 season. We evaluated the effects of this eight-week break by comparing injury outcome metrics in the 2018/2019 (winter break) season and the 2017/2018 (no winter break) season. Design Prospective cohort study. Methods Each season was...
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Objectives Researchers have often struggled to successfully implement injury prevention strategies in real-world practice. This is despite such strategies proving successful in reducing overall injury incidence and burden. It has been hypothesised that this may be because the behavioural and contextual factors related to sports injury are not fully...
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Objectives To describe the epidemiology of back injury in elite male Gaelic football athletes between 2008-2016. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Injury data from the National GAA Injury Surveillance Database. Participants Elite male Gaelic football athletes. Main outcome measures Incidence of injury as a rate per 1000 hours of exposure...
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Introduction Obesity in women has more than doubled in the past thirty years. Increasing research suggests that increased cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) can largely attenuate the negative health risks associated with obesity. Though previous literature suggests that combined training may be the most effective for improving CRF in adults with obesi...
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Objective: This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of different exercise modalities and determine the optimal exercise prescription for improving cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and metabolic health of women with obesity. Methods: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published between January 1988 and Octo...
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We investigated the pattern of injuries in elite‐level women’s football in Ireland, during a two‐season prospective injury surveillance study in the Women’s National League (WNL). Seven out of the eight clubs (271 players) in the WNL were followed prospectively during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The injury incidence rate in matches (19.2/1000 h) was...
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Objectives Limb amputation incidence is particularly high in fragile contexts due to conflict, accidents and poorly managed diabetes. The study aim was to analyse (1) demographic and amputation characteristics of persons with any type of acquired amputation (PwA) and (2) time between amputation and first access to rehabilitation in five conflict an...
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Physiotherapy as a health profession is continuously evolving in high-income countries (HIC). The highest burden of disease globally, however, is in low-resource and conflict contexts (LR-CC), resulting in unmet rehabilitation needs. Rehabilitation service models from HIC often face challenges when applied to the fragile health systems of LR-CC. It...
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Objective Few studies have investigated injury incidence in field hockey. The aim of this systematic review was to determine the incidence and characteristics of injury in male field hockey athletes. Design Prognosis systematic review with meta-analysis. Literature search MEDLINE via PubMed; EMBASE via Ovid; CINAHL via EBSCO; SPORTDiscus; and Web...
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Background Retturn to play decisions are complex. Pathways considering effective communication should be considered. High correlations between sports medicine/management communication and athlete injuries have been reported. Objective Design and implement a pratical sports medicine/management communication tool with UCD Athletic Football Club’s (A...
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Objectives To quantify the incidence, location and severity of injuries in Gaelic football and to identify potential moderators of those injuries. Design Systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods A comprehensive search strategy of six electronic databases was undertaken independently by two researchers in March 2020. Studies must have prospect...
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Background Sedentary behaviour (SB) research has grown exponentially but efficacy for interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour is often contaminated by interventions primarily or co-targeting other behaviours and outcomes. The primary aim of this research therefore, was to systematically review the efficacy of interventions specifically targetin...
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Background: Hip fracture is experienced by almost 3,500 older people in Ireland annually. The Irish Hip Fracture Database (IHFD), which drives clinical improvements in acute hospitals, aims to allow recording of longer-term outcomes. Feasible and robust methods of data collection need to be identified to inform this activity. The aim of this system...
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Background The Quantitative Timed Up and Go (QTUG) test uses wearable sensors, containing a triaxial accelerometer and an add-on triaxial gyroscope, to quantify performance during the TUG test with potential to capture more minor changes in mobility. Aims To examine the responsiveness, minimum detectable change (MDC) and observed effect size of QT...
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Excess mortality and morbidity among Irish farmers from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has been linked to a range of occupational risk factors. Obesity is a key risk factor underpinning this excess burden and unhealthy eating habits are linked to overweight/obesity and to disease occurrence. This study investigated the dietary habits of a sub-gro...
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The aims of this investigation were to describe the physical output of hockey relative to possession status, and to identify differences in physical output during each possession category with respect of match result. Ten international matches were analysed utilizing Sportscode to identify in and not in possession instances. 24 players (age 26 AE 4...
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Translating injury prevention research into practice has been challenging, which may be due to a poor understanding of the contextual factors influencing the occurrence of injury. Coaches are key figure in sporting environments and hold pivotal roles in preventing injury. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the attitudes of field ho...
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Objective To prospectively investigate the condition-specific health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of athletes six months and one-year following sport-related concussion. Design Prospective, longitudinal study. Setting Clinical research centre at university school of public health. Participants Amateur athletes who were diagnosed with sport-re...
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Objectives To evaluate whether differences in physical characteristics (running-related and collision-related metrics) exist between four different professional rugby union competition levels. Design We collected and retrospectively analysed microsensor technology data from players of two professional rugby union clubs that competed across four di...
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This investigation aimed to compare the international level peak intensity period of male field hockey players to those experienced during professional and amateur club hockey match play. Twenty-seven players from an international squad were monitored for all activity relating to field hockey over three seasons. The peak intensity period, of 3 min...
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The risk of recurrent vascular events is high following ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Unmanaged modifiable risk factors present opportunities for enhanced secondary prevention. This cross-sectional study (n = 142 individuals post-ischaemic stroke/TIA; mean age 63 years, 70% male) describes adherence rates with risk-reducing...
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Objective To establish the efficacy of medications, incidence of adverse events (AE) and withdrawal rates (WR) of the pharmacological management of chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) pain. Methodology PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, Web of Science, CENTRAL and PsycINFO were searched (November 2017) and updated (January 2020). Two independent review...
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Most studies report injuries based upon their incidence rate, or the number of injuries which occur in a sport per unit of time. While this is recommended across numerous consensus statements on reporting injury data in sport, it may be of benefit to consider injury burden also. Reporting injuries as the duration of injury per 1000 exposure hours h...
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Objectives: To investigate (i) the presence of vestibular and oculomotor impairments and (ii) the self-perceived effects of concussion-associated dizziness on health-related quality of life among amateur athletes 6 months and 1 year following sport-related concussion compared with nonconcussed, control athletes. Design: Prospective, matched-coho...
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Background Given the challenge of chronic lifestyle diseases, the shift in healthcare focus to primary care and recognised importance of a preventive approach to health, including exercise prescription, the embedding of related learning in healthcare professional programmes is critical. Methods In response to these contemporary demands, a complex...
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Objectives To estimate the times taken to receive clearance to return-to-sporting activity and return-to-preinjury level sport following sport-related concussion, and to estimate the proportion of athletes who were participating at their pre-injury level of sport six months and one-year following sport-related concussion. Design Prospective cohort...
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Objective To longitudinally investigate the presence of sensorimotor impairments in amateur athletes following sport-related concussion using two functional movement tests. Design Prospective, longitudinal study. Setting Human movement analysis laboratory. Participants Athletes who presented to a hospital emergency department and were diagnosed...
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Management of hospitalised osteoporotic vertebral fracture patients was explored across all major trauma orthopaedic hospitals in Ireland. Findings, based on a survey of orthopaedic doctors and physiotherapists, indicate a lack of standardised clinical care pathways. This study will inform development of clinical audit mechanisms and health service...
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Objectives: To prospectively investigate the recovery of athlete-reported symptoms and the condition-specific health-related quality of life (HRQoL) following sport-related concussion. Design: Prospective matched-cohort study. Methods: We recruited amateur athletes who were diagnosed with sport-related concussion by emergency department physic...
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This study aimed to determine the relationship between collision metrics from a commercially available micro‐sensor technology unit (MST) and the count of collisions coded by expert video analysts in professional rugby union. Forty‐four professional rugby union players wore MST units during match play. We analysed 245 combined data files from 11 co...
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Background Respiratory dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is often an under‐diagnosed and untreated impairment associated with the disease. Clinically, a reactive approach to respiratory morbidity is taken, rather than preventative approaches that address underlying impairment/s. This systematic review identifies the current evidence to suppor...
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Background: Single-item athlete self-report measures consist of a single question to assess a dimension of wellbeing. These methods are recommended and frequently used for athlete monitoring, yet their uniformity has not been well assessed, and we have a limited understanding of their relationship with measures of training load. Objective: To inv...
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Current international guidelines recommend people living with obesity should be prescribed a minimum of 300 min of moderately intense activity per week for weight loss. However, the most efficacious exercise prescription to improve anthropometry, cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and metabolic health in this population remains unknown. Thus, this net...
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Objectives The objective of this study is to determine orthopaedic consultants' perceptions of an advanced practice physiotherapy (APP) service in paediatrics. Design This is a qualitative study that use semi‐structured interviews to explore consultant doctors' experiences of an APP paediatric orthopaedic service and its development. Data were tra...
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Objective: To analyse the demographic and clinical characteristics of people attending physical rehabilitation centres run or supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross in countries and territories affected by conflict. Methods: Of 150 such rehabilitation centres worldwide, 38 use an electronic patient management system. We invite...
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Determining the rate and severity of injuries incurred through sport is accepted as the primary step towards designing, implementing and evaluating injury prevention programmes. The aim of this study was to determine the injury incidence rate and characteristics of male field hockey athletes participating in the Irish Hockey League. Athletes from e...
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Fostering a culture of clinical effectiveness in healthcare is crucial to achieving optimum outcomes for patients. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a cornerstone of clinical effectiveness. An EBP capacity-building project commenced in Ireland in 2016, in collaboration with the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford. A key part of this project,...
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Background Given the challenge of chronic lifestyle diseases, the shift in healthcare focus to primary care and recognised importance of a preventive approach to health, including exercise prescription, the embedding of related learning in health professional programmes is critical. Methods In response to these contemporary demands, a complex curri...
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Background Given the challenge of chronic lifestyle diseases, the shift in healthcare focus to primary care and recognised importance of a preventive approach to health, including exercise prescription, the embedding of related learning in healthcare professional programmes is critical. Methods In response to these contemporary demands, a complex c...
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Background Given the challenge of chronic lifestyle diseases, the shift in healthcare focus to primary care and recognised importance of a preventive approach to health, including exercise prescription, the embedding of related learning in healthcare professional programmes is critical. Methods In response to these contemporary demands, a complex c...
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Hamstring strains are the most common time‐loss injury in elite Gaelic football affecting over 20% of players per season. Thus, there is a need to identify factors contributing to the onset of hamstring injuries in order to inform injury risk management strategies. The current study investigated whether eccentric knee flexor strength and between‐li...
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Background When designing Connected Health (CH) solutions for home care, it is vital to focus on usability and user experience to ensure that technologies are easy to use and meet users’ expectations and needs. Generally, the usability and user experience tests are conducted during short-term exposure, which does not allow a true understanding of h...
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Introduction: Injury definitions encompass all physical complaints, medical attention and time-loss. Expressing injury burden in terms of short- and long-term impact on athlete performance may be meaningful for coaches in terms of preparation. Therefore, our aim was to describe transient (symptoms <7 days) and substantial (symptoms ≥7 days) injurie...
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Background As many patients referred to orthopaedic and rheumatology services do not require medical or surgical interventions, advanced practice physiotherapists (APPs) have been introduced into hospital services to triage the care of these patients. Patient perspectives are critical to review the acceptance of this model of care and potential for...
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Background The incidence of dementia has reached epidemic levels, both globally and here in Ireland. Many adults with dementia living in the community remain inactive with some also suffering from sleep disturbances. There is evidence to suggest sufficient exercise and sleep can have a positive influence on cognition also. In this study, we explore...
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Background Informal care is undoubtedly a vital to dementia care in Ireland. To date, little research has been carried out exploring the burden experienced by informal carers of people with mild to moderate dementia. The main aim of this quantitative study is to explore the burden experienced by caregivers, relative to dementia severity. The second...
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Background: Over the past few decades, physical therapists have emerged as key health care providers in emergency departments (EDs), especially for patients with musculoskeletal disorders (MSKD). Purpose: The purpose of this review was to update the current evidence regarding physical therapist care for patients with MSKD in EDs and to update cu...
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Duignan, CM, Slevin, PJ, Caulfield, BM, and Blake, C. Exploring the use of mobile athlete self-report measures in elite Gaelic games: A qualitative approach. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2019-Athlete self-report measures (ASRMs) are used in research and practice as an accurate, practical, and accessible method of athlete monitoring. Mobile a...
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BACKGROUND Dementia is a neurodegenerative chronic condition characterized by a progressive decline in a person’s memory, thinking, learning skills, and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). Previous research has indicated that there are many types of technology interventions available in the literature that have shown promising res...
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Background Dementia is a neurodegenerative chronic condition characterized by a progressive decline in a person’s memory, thinking, learning skills, and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Previous research has indicated that there are many types of technology interventions available in the literature that have shown promising result...
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Objectives To determine whether individuals who sustained a sports concussion would exhibit persistent impairments in gait and quiet standing compared to non-injured controls during a dual-task assessment . Design Systematic review and meta-analysis using individual participant data (IPD). Data sources The search strategy was applied across seven...
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Recent practice in athlete monitoring has seen the development and implementation of customized, digital Athlete Self-Report Measures or Mobile Athlete Self-Report Measures (M-ASRM) across various sport settings, including amateur sports such as Gaelic Games. Successful implementation of M-ASRM requires significant consideration of the use context...
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Background: Irish farmers are a high-risk group for cardiovascular disease (CVD) which imposes not only a risk to their health but has more far-reaching implications for occupational health and safety. Objective: This study assessed the impact of a workplace health screening and health behaviour change programme among a sub-group of male Irish f...
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Background: The highest prevalence of amputation worldwide is seen in conflict settings. Modern conflict patterns dictate that civilians are as much at risk of conflict related injury as combatants. The gender dimension of service users attending physical rehabilitation services are under researched. Exploration of gender dimensions in rehabilitati...