Student Highlight: Where Are They Now?
Paul Dean | Dublin City University, Ireland
Following his departure from Stanford, Paul Dean completed his qualification as a Certified Athletic Trainer completing his undergraduate degree from Dublin City University with First Class Honors and receiving his school’s research excellence award for his research into “Normative Lower Limb Functional Performance Values and Their Correlation with Hip/ Groin Injury History in a Cohort of Elite Male Gaelic Footballers”, which he subsequently presented at the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) Conference in Dublin that year.
Paul then went on to complete his MSc. in Physiotherapy at University College Dublin from where he graduated with First Class Honors. Since graduating he has worked in the area of Private Practice in Dublin focusing his attention on orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and sports injury conditions. He continued his commitment to local sports by working closely with local GAA, Soccer and Rugby teams and the Dublin City Marathon. He has committed to furthering his CPD through regularly attending seminars and conferences and pursuing his physiotherapy Pilates qualification from the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.
Paul notes, “My time at Stanford provided me with a great insight into the highest standards of medical care delivered to elite athletes. The assessment, treatment and multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to athlete care through regular communication was a shining example of premier patient care.”
He adds, “The passion, enthusiasm and enjoyment in their work from each member of the multi-disciplinary team, from the athletic training department and physiotherapy department to the strength and conditioning coaches, sports medicine and orthopaedic physicians was unparalleled to anything I had seen before. The sports medicine team at Stanford are truly amongst the best in the world and their drive and determination to provide the best possible healthcare instilled a mentality in me that has allowed me to push boundaries and only settle for the very best in my career.”