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Conor Gavin

Clinic Owner
Physiotherapist
MSc MISCP CORU
Education
Conor began his training with a degree in Sport Science from the University of Limerick. Following this, he travelled to Perth in Australia to study for a Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation. Third up was a return to the UK to continue his Physiotherapy training with a Master’s degree from the University of Southampton, and currently he is completing his Masters education with specialist Sports Physiotherapy training out of the University of Bath.
Professional Experience
Conor began work as a physiotherapist in the Royal London Hospital in London – one of the leading trauma centres in the UK where he gained significant experience dealing with a wide range of patients before specialising in musculoskeletal injuries. He then went on to work in private practice in London, specialising further in sports injuries and post-operative rehabilitation amongst other areas and then one final stint in a private clinic in Hong Kong before moving back home to Ireland.
Areas of Expertise
Due to his background in sports science, exercise physiology and experience in the professional sports setting, Conor has significant experience in areas such as strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, biomechanical analysis.
Conor is focused predominantly on the business side of things here at SoCo, trying to disprove the adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks!
Sports Involvement
Conor has been involved in a performance enhancement and rehabilitation capacity with professional sport and elite athletes since 2007. Included in this time are stints with professional Australian Rules teams, elite athletes as part of a specialist sports medicine team in London, and since returning to Ireland he has worked within Dublin Club & Intercounty GAA, Club & School Rugby, the Irish Senior Men's Cricket team and currently with the FAI and the IRFU.

Arthur Dunne

Performance Nutrition Clinical Lead
MSc SENr
Education
Arthur completed an MSc with distinction in Applied Sports Nutrition at St Mary`s University, London where he had received a first class honours degree as a BSc in Nutrition and Sport Science.
In January 2018, Arthur became a PhD candidate in Waterford IT “Investigating Bone Health in Jockeys”. The 4 year scholarship aims to develop and implement essential intervention strategies into the on-going education and support programme in Irish horse racing.
Professional Experience
While studying in London Arthur provided nutrition advice and support through dietary planning and cooking workshops to junior and senior athletes for a number of individual and team-based sports including rowing, triathletes, hockey and swimming. Having returned to Ireland he currently works with elite athletes in GAA and rugby notably Leinster Rugby, Dublin GAA, Cork GAA and Wexford GAA.
Areas of Expertise
Arthur has a simple food first philosophy that is structured towards informed food choice and enhanced dietary strategies for health and sports performance. Backed by research and using practical support the focus of his work is to personalise a nutrition approach that establishes an independent healthy lifestyle. His experience ranges from managing nutrition programs for body composition to educating healthy lifestyle choices through shopping and cooking tutorials.

Dr. Stephen McIvor

Sports & Performance Psychology Clinical Lead
DProf
Education
Since 2008, Stephen has broadened his sport understanding in attaining a Masters in 'Sport and exercise psychology' at W.I.T. with a thesis on 'leadership' and 'mental toughness'.

He is now taking a professional doctorate at the University of Central Lancashire in elite sport on 'mental toughness' within a team environment focussing on environmental and cultural influences in tandem with individual coping strategies and resilience training.

Professional Experience
Having played professional rugby for Munster and Ireland, Stephen then coached professionally for 10 years. During this period he supported the coach education program of the IRFU within Ireland to level 3 and with the IRB internationally in Spain, Poland, France and Kazakhstan.
Areas of Expertise
Stephen aims to provide support for sporting bodies, teams, athletes and coaches in building mental toughness and sporting excellence within their environment whilst still maintaining balance to the level they individually and collectively strive towards.
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you can use our online booking service to make your initial or follow-up appointment. If you can’t find the appointment you’re looking for please gives us a call on 01 541 4793 or email us on info@socoperformance.ie.

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