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Synapse Performance & APEC Courses Presents

Athletic Development for Field Sports

April 19th, 2020

Blackrock Rugby Club

10.00 am - 4.00 pm

- About the Speakers - 


Sami Dowling is the Director of Athletic Performance & Sports Science at APEC.  Sami brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the APEC education team. Working at the elite level of both rugby union and GAA, Sami has become a household name within the areas of speed development and the sport of Weightlifting.

Sami was a Strength & Conditioning coach with Leinster Rugby Academy for 10 years, one of Europe’s top professional rugby Academy’s.

Sami worked at the highest level in GAA, serving as Head Strength & Conditioning coach with the Dublin Senior Football team, winning an All-Ireland in 2011.

Sami served as Performance Director for Weightlifting Ireland, having coached at the World Junior, European Junior, and European Senior.

Sami is the current head of sports science and S&C at Wexford GAA senior football. 

Sami is currently the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at Hockey Ireland for the u16-u18 girls’ and boys’ national teams.

Sami Dowling BSc., MSc.

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Shane Cahill is the director of education and operations at APEC.


An ex-professional athlete, Shane spent the majority of his professional rugby playing career in the UK playing in the RFU Aviva Premiership and Championship.

He has worked at the elite level of professional sports in the UK with teams such as Rotherham Titans in the RFU Championship where he served as head of strength and conditioning for two seasons before making his way back to Ireland to take up the role as of the head of strength and conditioning with Blackrock College RFC.

He is currently studying his MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the Institute of  Technology Carlow. Shane has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience as both a professional athlete and as a strength & conditioning coach.


His role as Director of Education and Operations at Athletic Performance Education Company is primarily focused on the development and growth of all education programs run through the institute.

Shane Cahill BSc., MSc. (c)


David Nolan BSc., PhD. (c)

David graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. David has previously worked in a clinical exercise setting with MedEx Wellness & as a strength and conditioning coach with Kildare GAA amongst other teams & individuals. David has an avid interest in research and recently completed contracted research for Food for Health Ireland in the area of nutrition research, based in University College Dublin. 

Currently David is based from Dublin City University where he coordinates research examining nutritional & exercise interventions targeting the preservation of muscle mass and function in older adults. In addition to this, David is also undertaking PhD. studies focused on individualization in training prescription strategies for elite performance.

David is the current head of performance the Rugby Academy Ireland & a research officer for the strength & conditioning software company, Aplyft. 

David acts as the head coach and educator at Synapse Performance & hosts the Synapse Performance Podcast.

- Topics Covered - 

Through both lecture and practical sessions we will teach you about:

  • Warm-up & Cool-down Strategies

  • Conditioning Theory & Methods

  • Speed & Agility Development

  • Mobility Development

  • Recovery Strategies

  • Strength, Power & Size Development

  • Fundamentals of Sports Nutrition

  • Youth Athlete Development

- Venue -

Blackrock Rugby Club


Athletic Development for Field Sports

April 19th, 2020

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