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David Kelly

MISCP; BSc (Hons) MSc (Hons)

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Could you introduce yourself?!

Hi, my name is David Kelly! As well as being a CORU-registered Chartered Physio, I'm also a qualified Athletic Therapist.

What / where did you study?

After finishing primary school in Ballina (a short 15-minute drive from our established clinics), I attended secondary school at St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe.

After completing my Leaving Cert, I went to the South East Technological University (SETU), where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy (Grade 1.1).

After gaining experience in private practice, I proceeded to complete a Master's Degree in Physiotherapy in London at Brunel University. Alongside receiving a 1.1, I was delighted to achieve top marks in my Physiotherapy Year Group for both Musculoskeletal and Critical Care Modules.

Since my graduation, I have also completed supplementary post-graduate courses. As a result, I also hold qualifications such as:

- a Pitch side Traumatology Graduate Diploma

- a PHECC Emergency First Responder Course Cert

- Nutrition Certification

- Sports Taping and First Aid Certification

- Moving and Handling Certification

I have also completed two recent qualitative research studies concerning GAA athletes. The first was centred on Femeroacetabular Impingement Syndrome in GAA Athletes (focussing on its incidence, prevalence and the various biopsychosocial factors associated with the injury). This was part of an umbrella PhD study with the paper hopefully being published upon completion.

What kind of clinical experience do you have?
Before, during and after studying at Brunel University, I developed my professional skills while working in several excellent hospitals and sporting environments in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The highlight of these experiences was probably working in the world-renowned St. Bartholomew’s Cardiac Centre while I also hugely enjoyed being involved with both Ealing Trail Finders Rugby Club and Brunel’s Collegiate Athletes, who perform at such a high level.


After accumulating thousands of hours of experience, I was ready to take the next step on my clinical journey with Gold Standard being the perfect fit. 

Among those whom I've successfully treated to date also include members of:

- Irish International Soccer teams

- Tipperary Senior Hurling and Football teams

- Limerick F.C

- ITC and SETU Senior Gaelic Football and Hurling teams

- Canoeing Ireland teams

- Ealing Trail Finders Rugby team

- Brunel University Collegiate Athletic Program

- London Marathon Running Clubs

...along with a vast array of local sports teams from around the North Tipp area.

What are your professional interests?

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (i.e treating muscle, bone, tendon, ligament and joint injuries) has always been my main interest from a young age. Growing up, being a fit and active teenager, I have always had an affinity for health and wellbeing while also being a sports enthusiast. Being involved in practically every possible sport cultivated my passion for the profession.


The inevitable sporting injuries I sustained (which Cian here at Gold Standard treated me very well for!) also gave me an insight into the work involved in Physiotherapy and how rewarding the job can be . No two days are the same and you are constantly learning from patients and peers alike.

The social aspect of the job is also fantastic - working as one with patients in our sessions to help achieve their desired outcomes (such as successfully managing their pain) is both hugely enjoyable and satisfying.

What kind of personal interests do you have?

I'm an avid follower of many sports, especially Hurling. I play on the Ballina GAA Senior Hurling and Gaelic Football Teams while I have also represented Tipperary at various levels in both Hurling and Gaelic Football (I'm presently on the Senior Hurling Panel, which is a great privilege).

I have a massive interest in Soccer also, having being capped for Ireland at both U15 and U16 International level (I'm proud to say I also captained North Tipperary Schoolboys to their only All-Ireland Title thus far!).

I have tried my hand at many other sports, including Rugby, Tennis and Athletics.

My typical weekly training regime also includes Gym-based Strength Sessions and Cardiovascular Conditioning.

Walking hiking, reading and listening to podcasts (such as Physio Edge, Joe Rogan and Andrew Huberman) are my favourite activities to unwind. I also practice daily meditation, as well as Yoga when the schedule allows! ​

I also spend a lot of time with family and friends at the weekends, exploring different towns, trails and beaches around Ireland when free to do so.​

Tell us a thing or two about yourself that others may not know?!

I'm a big movie goer, plus I also have a soft spot for 70/80’s music - I was born in the wrong era!

I've also a funny story to tell about a Barcelona FC-related shoulder injury I once suffered, which I'll save for you in-person, haha!!

Anything else you'd like to add?

No matter the size or scale of the issue, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We can guide you through each stage of the treatment journey and help you overcome your injury, getting you back doing what you enjoy the mostWe are only ever a call away and are always willing to help.

Take care,





Brunel University London


Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy


South East Technological University


Undergraduate Degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy

(CAO Entry Points: 450+)

  • Grade: 1:1 (with 1,000+ Clinical Hours completed)

  • Modules: Ones successfully completed included:​
    • Musculoskeletal Studies

    • Critical Care

    • Rehabilitation

    • Neuro Rehabilitation

    • Respiratory

    • Advanced Rehabilitation

    • Psychology and Well-Being

    • Continued Professional Development

  • Activities and Societies: Football, Jiu-Jitsu, Weightlifting

  • Courses: Completed a Manual Handling Course

  • Completed a First Aid Course through the Brunel School of Physiotherapy

  • Reports: Presented my own thesis entitled ‘The Rehabilitation of Elite Male GAA Athletes following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

  • Grade: Graduated with a 1.1 Honours Degree (inc. Final Year Semester on Clinical Placement and Professional Practice)

  • Modules: Ones successfully completed included:

  • Anatomy

  • Physiology and Cell Biology

  • Soft Tissue Manual Therapy

  • Neuromuscular Skeletal Assessment

  • Motor Control and Movement Dysfunction

  • Exercise Physiology for Health

  • Strength and Conditioning for Performance

  • Advanced Rehabilitation etc. etc.

  • Activities and Societies: Fitzgibbon Cup Senior Hurling Team Member. SETU/ITC Men's Senior Soccer Team Member.

Get in Touch with Us

085 - 783 66 33

Gold Standard Physiotherapy - Nenagh Clinic: Lisbunny, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. E45 C578

Gold Standard Physiotherapy - Kiladangan Clinic: Kiladangan GAA Club, Puckane, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, E45 DN47

Gold Standard Physiotherapy - Newport Clinic: Arrabawn Retail Centre, Jail Street, Newport, Co. Tipperary, V94 T327

Tel: 085 - 783 66 33

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