The benefits of Cricket Ireland coming on board with a new High Performance Centre at the Sport Ireland Institute of Sport will become even more obvious following the completion of a restructure of its sports science and medicine team that works with men’s and women’s high performance teams.
The centre was officially opened last week and sits adjacent to the Institute where players from the Senior and Academy teams will also have access to the strength and conditioning, physio and testing facilities on site.
Mark Rausa, currently Glamorgan Cricket’s Head of Science and Medicine and Lead Physiotherapist, will join the backroom team for the first time during Ireland’s one-day international series against Afghanistan which starts on 27 August 2018.
“We have been clear on our plans to develop and expand our sports science and medicine support to players as part of our high performance programme,” said Performance director Richard Holdsworth.
“Improved resourcing in this key area was identified during recent structural reviews of the science and medicine set-up.”
“Mark’s appointment means we have now finalised our staffing structure which will support the senior men’s and women’s programme, national academy, under-age international teams, and domestic game through our men’s Inter-Provincial and women’s Super 3’s programmes.”
“Cricket Ireland would like to acknowledge the work of the outgoing Kieran O’Reilly, who has been our consultant Lead Physiotherapist, and has committed almost 10 years to Cricket Ireland. He has been an outstanding asset to us, keeping players on the field and getting injured ones back into the game quickly. He has been extremely professional throughout his time with us, and we thank him for all his commitment and effort, and wish him well for the future.”
Mark Rausa has over eight years of clinical experience working with elite level athletes, including at the Welsh Institute of Sport. Over the past two winters, he has been in charge of the England Lions Science and Medicine team, where he has led on managing the medical and musculoskeletal needs of the next generation of senior England cricketers.
“I am extremely excited and honoured to be given the role of Head of Physiotherapy and lead the medical services at Cricket Ireland,” he said.
“After working in the ECB’s County circuit at Glamorgan Cricket for six years – and leading the England Lions programme for the past 2 years – it has really led me to pursue a head of department role in international cricket.”
“Cricket in Ireland is currently experiencing a real boom that can be felt in the UK, and with its recent awarding of Full Membership and Test status it makes it even more exciting to be part of a progressive and ambitious institution. I can’t wait to get started.”
Cricket Ireland would like to thank Glamorgan Cricket’s management and staff for their support and cooperation during this transition.
As part of the restructure and expansion of the team, current Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach Brendan Connor, based in Belfast, has been promoted to the role of Performance Services Manager. Whilst he will continue to deliver strength and conditioning to our players, he will also coordinate and oversee our sports science services – performance analysis, sports psychology, performance nutrition and lifestyle skills, as well as lead on strength and conditioning.
These changes follow the earlier appointment in May of Rob Burge, who is Strength and Conditioning Coach with a key focus on the Women’s Performance squad. Burge has brought to Cricket Ireland over seven years of experience in the field, which included roles in the Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin, Kerry football, Meath athletics, and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.
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