A native of Waterford City, Pat Flanagan began his career teaching Physical Education at the Presentation Secondary school in 1983. He joined the Health and Leisure Department of the Tralee Institute of Technology in 1995 where he still lectures in Adapted Physical Activity, High Performance Training and Exercise Physiology.
Formerly an International Sprinter and National Sprint Champion, Pat has more than 30 years’ experience in getting people fit and active and in training elite teams. He is passionate about the benefits of physical activity and training for all from those with low fitness levels to the elite sports performer. As a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Kerry Senior Football team he has won 3 All Irelands, 3 National League Titles and 4 Munster Titles. He has worked with many senior county GAA teams including Waterford, Cavan, Laois, Dublin, Roscommon and Longford. In 2013 he worked as Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Waterford Senior Hurlers and Dr. Crokes Senior Football Team in Kerry.
In 1997 Pat set up the Applied Physical Activity Programme in IT Tralee which involves the PE and Health and Leisure Degree students providing weekly practical sessions for children and adults with disabilities. Most notably, in January 2013 IT Tralee’s European Inclusive Physical Education Training programme, based on the Applied Physical Activity Programme, gained worldwide recognition as the first third-level institution in the world to receive a UNESCO chair in inclusive physical education. This is now a global industry standard and the academic research developed in Kerry is used around the world as a template for those involved in sports to increase and improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities.
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