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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 weight-cutting protocols in strength sports.

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.

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Paul Ruane BSc., MSc., MISCP

Chartered Physiotherapist 

Paul graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick, and holds a masters degree in physiotherapy.


Paul has previously worked in a research capacity at the University of South Australia, where he was also the strength coach for the state basketball team.

Paul currently works with a range of private clients and provides physiotherapy support to several field-sport teams. 

Paul offers a range of physiotherapy consulting and rehabilitation coaching services.

Evan Fitzgerald, BSc., MSc., MISCP

Chartered Physiotherapist 

Evan graduated with an honours degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick and holds a masters degree in physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.


Evan has previously worked at Aberdeen FC & the New Zealand Sports Academy amongst other teams and individuals.


Evan offers a range of physiotherapy consulting and rehabilitation coaching services. 

Mark Germanine, BSc., MSc., SENR.

Head of Nutrition 

Mark Germaine is a Performance Nutritionist (SENr) currently working with the Dublin Senior Hurling team, Dublin U20's football team, Dublin U20's hurlers and a number of elite professional boxers, in addition to his role as a researcher in the School of Health and Human Performance in Dublin City University.

He completed his Masters degree in Sport Nutrition from Liverpool John Moores University, where he also picked up the Don MacLaren Award for the research he conducted during his time there.

Finally, Mark is the co-chair for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Combat Sport Special Interest Group, who put out content as it relates to combat sport and weight cutting, and also host an annual meeting at the annual ACSM event in the USA.

As such, Mark's interest lie in Performance Nutrition and developing nutritional strategies to augment athletic performance, improve athletic recovery, enhancing the adaptive response to training stimuli and weight cutting sports.

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