My name is Fiona Kindlon and I live in Magheracloone, Co Monaghan. I started studying Physical Therapy in 1997 following a two year course in Sport and Recreation. My interest in treating and understanding injuries grew from my own personal injuries (sprains, fractures and ACL ruptures) incurred while playing football. I qualified as a Physical Therapist in 2002 from the Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied Science in Milltown, Dublin. The course itself gave me a lot of opportunities to develop skills in manual therapy and allowed me to travel to Siret in Northern Romania in 1998 to work in an Orphanage as part of an outreach programme. During my time in Siret, I worked with children of all ages helping with join movement and providing daily therapeutic massages.
I have a huge enthusiasm for sports, particularly the GAA which has always been a huge part of my life. I played with the Magheracloone ladies club for twenty years and I represented Monaghan at intercounty level where I won a minor All Ireland in 1994. Throughout my studies and career, I have worked with a number of GAA teams which has helped me greatly improve and sharpen my skills as a manual therapist. I have worked with the Magheracloone Mitchells for over twelve years, and also gained invaluable team experience with both the Monaghan Minor (2000/2001) and Monaghan Senior (2003/2004) Inter county squads. I have also worked with a number of Monaghan ladies underage teams and the Ladies senior squad for eight years which gave me a world of practice and invaluable knowledge that I continue to leverage off today.
During my time in Melbourne, I was fortunate to also work with a professional sports team called St. Kilda of the Australian Football League (AFL) as a physical therapist. This allowed me the opportunity to work as part of a large and fully professional medical team including club doctors, masseuses, physiotherapists etc. I travelled with the team all over Australia for matches and also spent time in China at a training camp for the team which will never be forgotten. My time in Australia was one of the best experiences of my Iife as a physical therapist and to this day I continue to work with the Australian Compromise Rules team when they come to Ireland to play the best that the GAA has to offer! There is nothing to beat the experience and atmosphere of a dressing room in a Senior County final, Ulster final, AFL match or indeed Croke Park on All Ireland Final Day! I count myself exceptionally lucky to have been able to have learned from and been a part of some of the best medical teams in Ireland and Australia.