My Job in Munster - Shea McAleer Lead Physiotherapist
From Monaghan, Shea joined the province from Exeter Chiefs where he was the first-team physiotherapist for over three years.
When did you join Munster?
I joined Munster at the start of August 2014.
What do you do?
The main areas of my job are to implement strategies to prevent injuries, to monitor the athletes and their loads, and see any areas where potential injuries could occur.
We screen all the players and then based on the results we design injury-prevention strategies for them, and they can be in the form of prehabilitation exercises, load monitoring, or alterations to their gym programmes or whatever it may be.
Then obviously I'm involved in the day-to-day assessment, diagnosis and treatment of our injured athletes also. I design the short-term and long-term rehabilitation programmes in coordination with the other physios Colm Coakley and Keith Thornhill, the S&C department, nutritionist and coaches and we all work together in getting the players right.
What is the best part of your job?
I enjoy working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop an athlete. From taking a long-term injured player and seeing them go from the acute stage of the injury, where they are at a low point, and then using our skills and our knowledge to develop them and rehabilitate them, to the final stage of seeing them return to play and return to perform at their best. That gives you a sense of pleasure and enjoyment that you have done your job.
Most memorable match?
This season's first European home game against Saracens - the atmosphere in Thomond Park was unbelievable. Then Clermont away in the Champions Cup was equally impressive for the atmosphere, even with the result going against us that day.