UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science
Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Health Research
Physiotherapy is a health-care discipline which is involved in the care of individuals at all stages of the lifespan, both in health and in times of illness or injury with the aim of optimising movement, functional ability and health. The discipline takes a holistic approach which encompasses physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing in a range of diverse practice settings. These include: adult and paediatric hospitals; primary and community care teams; rehabilitation centres; nursing and residential homes; hospices; occupational health settings; schools; health promotion programmes; sport clubs, centres and teams; and private practice.
The World Congress of Physical Therapy, the international representative body for Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy identifies four core areas for practice:
Treatment / Intervention
These are reflected in the research activities of the Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Health hub of the School where we have an interdisciplinary team of researchers spanning Physiotherapy, Psychology, Bio-Engineering and Exercise Science. Enhancing function, performance, wellbeing and health are at the core of the research activities be it in the hospital, clinic, community care, workplace or sports field.