Dr Marie-Elaine Grant
Dr Marie-Elaine Grant
Dip P. Dip Physio. (NUI) PhD, SMISCP, MCSP. hysio (NUI) PhD MCSP SMISCP
International Olympic Committee: Medical and Scientific Commission
Dr Marie-Elaine Grant, Ireland’s Olympic Team Lead Physiotherapist from 1990 – 2010, a specialist member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is the appointed physiotherapist to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Medical Commission, Games Group.
As lead physiotherapist to the Olympic Council of Ireland she has been appointed to the Irish Olympic Team for 5 consecutive Summer Olympic Games commencing with Barcelona 1992 through to Beijing 2008 and also served with the Irish Winter Olympic Team in Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 and was appointed to 10 Irish European Youth Olympic Squads.
In 2011 Marie-Elaine was appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Medical Commission Games Group, as a clinical expert in sports physiotherapy, in this role she has been responsible for monitoring physiotherapy activities and facilities for participating nations at the London 2012 , Sochi 2014 (Winter Olympic Games) and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She has also worked with the IOC’s Injury and Illness Surveillance research team during the Olympic Games, the findings of these studies have been published in the BJSM.
Marie-Elaine was awarded Specialist Membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in recognition of expertise in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy. In 1997 she undertook an extensive PhD study by research and thesis on “ An Experimental Investigation into the effects of strengthening of the Spine” under the supervision of the renowned Professor Craig Sharp. Treatment and rehabilitation of the spine continues to remain central to her field of practice and expertise. She is an associate member of the UCD Institute of Sports and Health and commissioned their Elite Athlete Academy physiotherapy service. She is involved in extensive clinical practice and continues to participate in clinical research with peer reviewed publications in leading sports medicine and physiotherapy journals.