February saw the Northern Ireland Science Festival return with another bumper programme of activities and events, and Sport Northern Ireland was delighted to once again participate and work alongside the Festival organisers to share specialist insight on the science of sport.

This year, practitioners from Sport NI’s Sports Institute delivered two sold-out panel discussion events at the Crescent Arts Centre. The events saw Sport NI physiologists, nutritionists, S&C coaches, physiotherapists and performance skills coaches joined by coaches and players, with both nights compered by sports journalist Denise Watson.

The two events covered the topics of ‘Sport Insight Pursuing Performance Improvement’ and ‘Sport Insight – Reloading for the Next Performance’, with panel members providing a range of experiences, approaches, methods and advice on sport preparation and improvement, as well as the importance of smart recovery and the vital role of sport science to aid recovery.

Pictured above: Roisin Murphy, a Sports Physiotherapist, who worked with both Scottish Netball and Senior County GAA, Gary Longwell, Performance Skills Coach and former Ireland and Ulster Rugby star; Ricky McCann, a Sports Physiologist, who formerly worked with Michael O’Neill’s NI Football team during the recent European Nations Cup, David Lasini, Head of Strength and Conditioning who worked with the Australian hockey team, Sports Correspondant, Denise Watson and Elaine Rice, head coach of Netball NI and is leading the squad into the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in April.


Pictured above David Lasini taking part in the audience Q&A.


Pictured at the second night included Kerry Kirk, Head of Sports Physiotherapy, Captain of Ulster Hockey, Megan Frazer, Lorna Cooke, Performance Nutritionist, Sports Correspondant, Denise Watson, Peter McCabe, Sports Institute, Damian Martin, Sports Physiologist, Kevin McGuigan, Performance Analyst and Des Jennings, Head of Performance Skills.


Captain of Ireland’s Hockey Squad, Megan Frazer providing her input and expertise whilst recovering from a serious injury.