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Caroline Woods

BSc (Hons) Physio., MSc (Sports Med). MISCP, MCSP, MACP Charterd Physiotherapist

Caroline graduated with a Physiotherapy Honours degree from the University of Ulster in 1998 and then completed her Masters in Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Since then she has worked with a variety of sporting organisations including Manchester United FC, Bristol City FC, The FAI (Ireland), The FA (England), English Institute of Sport and The British Olympic Association. Caroline is currently the Head of Physiotherapy with the Northern Ireland Men’s National Soccer Team.

Caroline has had three published research articles in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. She is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and a committee member of the Football Medical Association (UK). In her membership role of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Irish Football Association she has attended several UEFA conferences.

At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 she was part of the Northern Ireland Sports Medicine Team and is one of a small team of physiotherapists appointed to the High Performance Sports Physiotherapy panel for the Irish Institute of Sport (this involves working with modern pentathlon, diving, swimming, athletics, 3 day eventing, triathlon and golf).

Her clinical areas of interest include dry needling, management of the young athlete, exercise prescription and rehabilitation including post-operative care. Caroline works with a problem solving approach. She has extensive high level experience in working within elite sport giving her an interest in pre participation screening and injury prevention.

As a keen horse woman Caroline is assistant trainer to her partner and racehorse trainer Peter Maher. They are known for the triple festival winning horse Big Shu who won in Cheltenham and lined up in the 2014 Grand National. Caroline holds her amateur jockey licence. She has completed the London marathon, Sydney and Bristol half marathons and the Great North Run. In the past, she has played club level hockey and has enjoyed skiing and snowboarding.