Dr Sharon Kinsella

BSc MSc PhD

Course Director and Lecturer

Department of Science and Health, Carlow Campus

e: Sharon.kinsella@itcarlow.ie      t: 059 9175515

ORCID ID:0000-0001-9051-4467

 
  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Dr. Kinsella is a chartered physiotherapist and completed her undergraduate degree in Trinity College Dublin in 1995. She undertook an MSc by research in the area of chronic ankle instability in the University of Limerick and graduated in 1998. Her PhD was in the area of the biomechanical effects of ankle foot orthosis on gait pattern in patients with drop foot and graduated in 2006 from Dublin City University. She also completed a two year research fellowship in the University of Limerick in the area of neuromuscular electrical therapy.

Dr. Kinsella is interested in researching the effectiveness of manual therapy and electrotherapy as treatment methods and especially their effects on performance. More recently she is examining the effects of exercise as a rehabilitation methods for children with autism.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Byrne, P. J., Moody, J. A., Cooper, S-M. and Kinsella, S. (2017). The reliability of countermovement jump performance and the reactive strength index in identifying drop-jump drop height in hurling players. Open Access Journal of Exercise & Sports Medicine, 1(1): 004.

Lelental, B., Jordan, S., O’Rourke, B., Kinsella, S. (2017). The Effects of Mobilizations with Movement (MWMs) on the Shoulder Range of Motion and Strength. Journal of Athletic Training: September 2017, Vol. 52, No. 9, pp. 863-87.

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J. (2017). The intra-rater reliability of locating and measuring the severity of latent trigger points in the quadriceps. Journal Bodywork and Movement Therapy, 21 (4), pp926-932.

Walsh, R. and Kinsella, S. (2016). The effects of caudal mobilisation with movement (MWM) and caudal self-mobilisation with movement (SMWM) in relation to restricted internal rotation in the hip: A randomised control pilot study. Manual Therapy, 22 (1), pp. 9-15.

Byrne, P., Moran, K., Kinsella, S. and Rankin, P (2010). A comparison of methods used to identify ‘optimal’ drop height for early phase adaptations in depth jump training. J Strength Cond Res 24: 2050 – 2055

Kinsella, S and Moran, K.  2008. Gait pattern categorization of stroke participants with equinus deformity of the foot. Gait and Posture, Vol. 27, 1, 144-151

Hennessy, C and Kinsella S., 2008. Comparative comfort of three pulse durations used in neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) of normal strength and weakened peroneal muscles. Physiotherapy Ireland, 29, 1, 49-53

Fletcher E., Kinsella S., Dowling M, 2008. The effects of warm-up on women’s sport performance. Irish Scientist.

Kinsella S., O’Keeffe D., Wood D., Lyons G.M. (1999). A case study of the effects of functional electrical stimulation for drop foot in a subject with hemiplegia. Physiotherapy Ireland, 20: 1, 9-13.

Kinsella S., Harrison D. (1998). A study to examine the balance of subjects with recurrent ankle sprains. Physiotherapy Ireland, 18: 2, 3-8.

Kinsella S., D. Harrison, Jakeman P. (1997). A study to examine the forces created in the frontal plane in subjects with functional instability and subjects with healthy ankles.  Physiotherapy Ireland, 17: 1, 21-26

Manuscripts Awaiting Peer Review

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J. (2018). The effects of dry needling and radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy on the pressure pain threshold of latent trigger points in the quadriceps. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy. In review

Byrne, P. J., Moody, J. A., Cooper, S-M., Callanan, D. and Kinsella, S. (2018). The potentiating response to drop jump protocols on sprint acceleration: Drop jump volume and intra-repetition recovery duration. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. In review.

Byrne, P. J., Moody, J. A., Cooper, S-M. and Kinsella, S. (2018). Reliability of sprint acceleration performance and three repetition maximum back squat strength in hurling players. ARC Journal of Research in Sports Medicine. In review.

Byrne, D. J., Browne, D. T., Devereux, F. and Richardson, N. (2017) The Effects of an Acute Bout of Lower Limb Self-Myofascial Release on Reactive Strength Index in Trained Athletes. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. In review.

Devereux, F., O’Rourke, B., Byrne, P.J., Byrne, DJ and Kinsella, S. (2017). The Effects of Myofascial Trigger Point Release on the Power and Force Production in the Lower Limb Kinetic Chain. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. In review.

Conference Posters

Lelental, B., Jordan, S., O’Rourke, B., Kinsella, S., 2018. The Effect of Mobilisations with Movement on the Hip Power and Range of Motion. 14th Scandinavian Congress of Medicine & Science in Sport, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J., 2017. The effects of radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy and dry needling on the pressure pain threshold of latent trigger points in the quadriceps (oral presentation). 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Pain Medicine (19-20th October). San Francisco, California, USA.

Barry, L., O’Rourke, B., Byrne, P.J. and Kinsella, S., 2017. Does dry needling effect my ability to run? Canadian Athletic Therapy Conference, June 1-3rd, Niagara Falls, Canada.

Byrne, P.J., Moody, J.A., Cooper, S.M. and Kinsella, S., 2017. The inter-day reliability of sprint performance and three repetition maximum back squat strength in male hurling players. All-Ireland Postgraduate Conference in Sport Sciences, Physical Activity and Physical Education, April 21, 2017, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow, Ireland.

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J., 2016. The intra-class reliability of locating latent trigger points in the vastus lateralis muscle. 2016 Faculty of Sports Medicine Annual Scientific Conference (15-17th September 2016). Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Dublin.

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J., 2016. The intra-class reliability of locating latent trigger points in the vastus medialis muscle. All-Ireland Postgraduate Conference in Sport Sciences, Physical Activity and Physical Education. Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford.

Devereux, F., O’Rourke, B., Byrne, P.J., Byrne, DJ and Kinsella, S., 2016. The effects of myofascial trigger point release on the force and power production in the lower limb kinetic chain. European College of Sport Science Annual Conference, Vienna.

Devereux, F., O’Rourke, B., Byrne, P.J., Byrne, DJ and Kinsella, S., 2016. The effects of myofascial trigger point release on the force and power production in the lower limb kinetic chain. All-Ireland Postgraduate Conference in Sport Sciences, Physical Activity and Physical Education, WIT, Waterford.

Barry, L., O’Rourke, B., Byrne, P.J. and Kinsella, S., 2016. What is the minimum time-frame between dry needling and optimal performance in endurance athletes? Singapore Physiotherapy Congress, Singapore Expo Centre, Singapore.

Walsh, R. and Kinsella, S. 2015. The effects of caudal mobilisation with movement (MWM) and caudal self-mobilisation with movement (SMWM) in relation to restricted internal rotation in the hip. Faculty of Exercise and Sports Medicine Annual Scientific Conference Abstract Book, Dublin, Ireland.

Fletcher E., Kinsella S., Dowling M., Moran K., 2008. An investigation into the effect of a number of sport specific warm-ups on the physical performance of women. National Strength and Conditioning Conference, Las Vegas, California.

Hennessy, C., Kinsella S., 2006. Comparative Comfort of Three Pulse Durations Used in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) of Healthy and Unhealthy Peroneals Tendons. Third International Ankle Symposium, September 1-3, Dublin, Ireland

Kinsella, S., Moran, K., 2004. A case study examining the effects of different types of AFO on an adult hemiplegic subject. ISEK Congress, June 18-21, Boston, MA, USA.

Kinsella, S., Moran, K., 2004. The effects of different types of AFO on hemiplegic gait. ISEK Congress, June 18-21, 2004, Boston, MA, USA.

Kinsella S., Wood D., Lyons, G., Harrison A.J., Hannigan A., T. Taylor, 2000. The orthotic effect of functional electrical stimulation: Does it change over time? European Biomechanical Society Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Conference Orals

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J. (2017). The interrater reliability and agreement of the countermovement jump and depth Jump (oral presentation). 4th All-Ireland Postgraduate Conference in Sport Sciences, Physical Activity and Physical Education (29th April 2017).  Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow.

Lelental, B., Jordan, S., O’Rourke, B., Kinsella, S. The Effect of Mobilisations with Movement on Shoulder Strength and Range of Motion. VIII Congress of the World Federation of Athletic Therapy and Training, Madrid, Spain, September 2017.

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J. (2017). The effects of radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy and dry needling on countermovement jump and depth jump performance (oral presentation). 8th Congress of the World Federation of Athletic Trainer and Therapy (29th September to 1st October). Universidad Camilo José Cala, Madrid, Spain.

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J. (2017). Difference between genders in relation to the pressure pain threshold of trigger points within the quadriceps (oral presentation). 8th Congress of the World Federation of Athletic Trainer and Therapy (29th September to 1st October). Universidad Camilo José Cala, Madrid, Spain.

Walsh, R., Kinsella, S. and McEvoy, J. (2016). Gender difference of the pressure pain threshold of trigger points within the quadriceps (oral presentation). Faculty of Sports Medicine Annual Scientific Conference (15-17th September 2016). Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Dublin.

Research Supervision

Current Research Students

Dr. Kinsella is presently supervising 2 MSc and 1 PhD students. One MSc project is examine the effects of exercise on children with autism. It involves children with autism undertaking an 8 week programme of exercise. The second MSc project is examining the effects of mobilization with movement on the shoulder and hip joint. The study is assessing the effect of this manual therapy technique on range of motion, strength and force development in the shoulder and hip joint.  The PhD project is looking at the effects of drop jumping on performance.

Past Research Students
  • The project examined the effects of different training protocols on jump height. The student was self-funding. A part-time basis in Feb 2005 and graduated in November 2008.
  • The project examined the effects of different warm up protocols on physical performance in female athletes. The student obtained an EMBARK grant. Commenced their studies on a full-time basis in October 2006 and graduated in November 2008.
  • The project examined the effects of treating myofascial trigger points on the strength and length of the rotator muscles of the shoulder. The student obtained a Strand 1 grant. Commenced their studies on a full-time basis in September 2008 and graduated in November 2010.
  • The project examined the effects of treating myofascial trigger points on the strength and force produced in the calf muscles. The student obtained a Strand 1 grant. Commenced their studies on a full-time basis in September 2008 and graduated in November 2011.
  • The project examined the effects of treating myofascial trigger points in the calf on running performance. The student obtained a President award. (Mentor Supervisor). Commenced their studies on a full-time basis in September 2013 and graduated in November 2015.
  • The project examined the effects of treating myofascial trigger points with dry needling and shockwave therapy in the quadriceps muscle. The student obtained a President award. Commenced their studies on a full-time basis in September 2015 and graduated in 2017.
Areas of interest as a supervisor include
  • The effects of exercise on children with autism
  • The impact of rehabilitation techniques on performance namely manual therapy
  • Electrotherapy

Engagement and Collaboration