Exclusive interview with Dr Éanna Falvey on returning to sport during COVID-19

Exclusive interview with Dr Éanna Falvey, Chief Medical Officer to World Rugby, on returning to sport during COVID-19

“We can look forward to international games and championships”

16 July 2020 

This week The Expert View podcast from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), welcomes Dr Éanna Falvey as its guest. The Sports and Exercise Physician and Chief Medical Officer to World Rugby, discusses how sports from GAA to professional rugby can all continue during COVID-19 in line with public health policy.  

Dr Falvey, in an exclusive interview with Siobhán Creaton, Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy at RCPI, details how we might begin to restart sport within Ireland during the ongoing pandemic.

“We can look forward to international games and championships,” says Dr Falvey. “I read a fantastic analogy of the Coronavirus - it's like a vicious dog that's chasing you and you run up a tree so he can't get at you. But he's still at the bottom of the tree. You know, he’s still there! This isn't going anywhere until we get a vaccine.”  

Dr Falvey also says that he strongly believes we should be doing more to encourage more people to wear masks to help to suppress the virus.

In addition, during the interview he offers practical advice about how to prepare for training and strongly encourages everyone, adults and children, to return to physical activity during these challenging times.

“Doing an outdoor exercise class with your friends, outdoor activity adds benefits that are far beyond the exercise, it’s the social interaction. I'd strongly encourage people to try and get back to some sort of normality. Getting a sweat up and feeling healthy about what you're doing is one of the better ways to feel better about most things.” 

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Returning to Sport in the COVID-19 era - Webinar taking place on 25 July 2020

Interested in finding out more about the resumption of sport during the current pandemic? The Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, which is a joint faculty of RCPI and RCSI, is holding a free webinar on Saturday 25 July, 10:00-12:00 titled Returning to Sport in the COVID-19 era. Approved for 4 CPD credits, the webinar will feature talks by:

  • Dr Alan Byrne (FAI) - Pre-participation screening in Soccer
  • Dr Rod McLoughlin (IRFU) - High performance centre approach
  • Dr Jim O’Donovan (Sport Ireland) - Olympic athlete considerations
  • Ms Brenda O’Donnell (CARA – Disability Sport) - Considerations for higher risk disability sport athletes
  • Dr Jennifer Pugh (Horse Racing Ireland) - PPE considerations in Horse Racing
  • Dr Pat O’Neill (GAA) - Individual roles on return to GAA
  • Prof Mary Horgan (RCPI & FSEM) - Factors to consider when returning to sport following a COVID-19 illness

To read more or to register for your place on this webinar click here.

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