Having been involved in sport from an amateur to a semi-professional level, gaining experience and knowledge of competing at many levels, Feakle native, and now Broadford resident, Thomas O’Keeffe is turning his love of sport into a business by setting up a new Sports Injury Clinic in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare.
The new venture will be named O’Keeffe Sports Injury Clinic and will officially open to the public from Monday, 10 November 2014; however, to introduce the business and the range of services available, an Open Day will be held at the clinic, which is situated on the main street of the village, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 8 November.
O’Keeffe Sports Injury Clinic will not only treats ‘injured athletes’ but also deal with all common muscular complaints such as back pain, mobility problems, postural problems and work-related conditions. Treatment will be provided at the clinic in Sixmilebridge, but home or in-club treatments will also be provided to those unable to travel or wishing to have treatments at their sports clubs. Nutritional advice will also be given to athletes and individuals at all level, from the person new to exercise and starting an exercise programme, to full-time sports people.
Commenting on his decision to develop his passion for sport into a business, Thomas O’Keeffe said: “I have always been interested in sport, both the participation and rehabilitation sides and have been amassing the expertise I needed to set up in business. I first qualified as a health and fitness instructor with the University of Limerick, then trained to be a Sports Injury & Rehabilitation Therapist with the College of Further Education and also attained a qualification in Community Health Services, which I now feel will be very beneficial to me working from my Sixmilebridge base. I am ITEC, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and FETAC qualified and also a member of the Massage Association of Ireland.
“With this training from both colleges I can offer a range of treatments to get sports people back to training and competing, and also as part of the treatment sessions will give advice on nutrition and health and fitness advice. It’s my aim to give each client a professional service and use the latest and most relevant treatments and advice every time. It’s a big venture for me and I am looking forward to opening the doors of my Sixmilebridge clinic and seeing the results from my treatments.”
For more information about the Open Day in Sixmilebridge, call Thomas O’Keeffe at 083 3403003 or log onto www.okeeffesportsinjuryclinic.ie