On Thursday 24th January, Nagle Rice celebrated the success of former student, Sarah Breen, who had been conferred with a Doctorate in Biomechanics in the University of Limerick just the day before.
Sarah is currently on a oneyear appointment at Northern Michigan University as Assistant Professor in Biomechanics.
Prior to coming to NMU she was at the University of Limerick where she taught biomechanics and performance analysis, and completed her PhD. research investigating the biomechanics of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.
Sarah is also currently active in the following research areas: performance analysis in sports, specifically GAA Handball and Rugby; the biomechanical effects of pre-cooling cyrotherapy; running form technique in ultra, trail and road running.
Sarah has received notable awards in her field: she was awarded a scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology, for the completion of her PhD research.
At the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport conference 2012, which was held in Melbourne Australia, Sarah was awarded a student travel grant and second place in the new investigator award.
Sarah spoke to 3rd, 5th, 6th years and Transition Year students on Thursday about her own positive experience in Nagle Rice, the subjects she chose, the value of Transition Year for her and how keeping on extra-curricular activities in school such as Camogie and Music were so vital for her.
She encouraged them to work hard to achieve their goals and to believe in their potential to achieve anything they put their mind to.
Sarah encouraged the students to work hard because if you do things will go your way; to take opportunities as they arise; to be prepared to work for free; to meet people and don't be afraid to ask questions.
She gave the very practical example of how she voluntarily worked with the Kanturk GAA team recording matches and providing performance analysis for them – which led to a similar position with the Dublin Senior Hurling team and more recently Limerick GAA – all of which have proved very important in her chosen career.
The staff of Nagle Rice in particular were delighted to welcome Sarah back and congratulate her on her tremendous success!