Luke Davey is Strength & Conditioning Manager at Hong Kong Rugby. Here he talks to Damian Lawlor about the role education and development has played with the advent of professionalism at HKR.
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Liam Hennessy is the founder and President of Setanta College. He is a qualified physical education teacher, exercise physiologist, and strength & conditioning coach.
Liam has worked with a number of professional football teams in Europe over the last 3 decades and was the Chief Exercise Physiologist to the Irish Olympic Team at the Atlanta Games. Liam was fitness trainer to Pádraig Harrington for his three Major wins and continues to train Pádraig to the present day.
He is best known for his work within the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) where he developed a world-class system of player development and support within the areas of strength and conditioning, injury rehabilitation, sports nutrition, and medical care.
Dr. Joe Warne, Programme Director of our Master of Science, is an elite athlete, coach, and scientist. He specialises in data analytics, biomechanics, and physiology. Joe is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in the transition to minimalist footwear with respect to performance and injury risk reduction.
Coach McKeefery, M.A., MSCCC, CSCS*D, is the VP of Performance and Education for PLAE and has been working as a strength and conditioning coach at the Professional and Collegiate level for over 20 years. McKeefery was named Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year in 2008 & 2016, and has had the privilege of working with over 80 players that have gone on to play in the NFL. In addition to a successful coaching career, McKeefery is also the best-selling author of CEO Strength Coach and Weight Room Wisdom.
Des is Head of Sports Medicine and Athletic Development at Arsenal FC Academy having previously worked with the IRFU as Fitness Education Manager. Des also worked as head fitness advisor at Connacht Rugby from 1998 to 2008. During this time he worked with the Ireland A rugby team for three years and assisted with the Ireland senior team. Des is also a tutor with the IRFU, UKSCA, and a tutor trainer with World Rugby. He has a keen interest in the area of long-term player development and is a renowned speaker at conferences around the world.