Hurling: A game that demands risk-taking and courage

I play hurling competitively and I have done since I was about 10 years old…so let’s say 25+ years on the field trying to win games basically. Fortunately I’ve won a lot more games than I’ve lost over those years and I’ve learned a lot about the game through those defeats and victories. Continue reading Hurling: A game that demands risk-taking and courage

Me and My Knee

(Last Updated on 3rd November 2011)

On the 21st of May 2009 I got an ACL reconstruction operation on my left knee at the Whitfield Clinic (Waterford, Ireland) which was ably performed by leading sports injury surgeon Tadhg O’Sullivan. In this post I’m going to take you through my experience and hopefully help others with their operations.

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ACL Reconstruction – Patella vs Hamstring Graft

I injured my cruciate ligament in May 2007 playing soccer on an astro-turf pitch while chasing after a ball and stopping suddenly. I’ve not played hurling competitively since October 2006, apart from 1hr and 30 mins at intermediate level in 2008.

The problem with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury is that the knee becomes unstable. So despite my best efforts to become fit and build the strength of my quad and hamstring muscles around the joint, alas the knee just buckles under a sudden change of direction. Continue reading ACL Reconstruction – Patella vs Hamstring Graft

Trap sticks to philosophy

I attended the Ireland vs Bulgaria WC qualifier at Croke Park on Saturday 28th March 2009. The team underperformed after a dream start and showed very little energy or appetite until conceding an equaliser in the final quarter of the game. A highlight was John O’Shea’s excellent performance and he’s having the best season of his career this year. Continue reading Trap sticks to philosophy