Emer Lafferty – Chartered Physiotherapist

Emer Lafferty - Physiotherapist

Qualifications & Education

Emer graduated with an honours degree in physiotherapy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. While completing her degree, Emer participated in the RCSI Research Summer School. During which time, she worked alongside expert physiotherapists in the Gait Laboratory of the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf. Emer presented the results of the study at the ICHAMS conference and the RCSI annual research day. The study was later published in the Gait and Posture journal – Daly C, Lafferty E, Joyce M, Malone A (2019) “Determining the most effective gluteal muscle activation exercise in children with cerebral palsy using surface electromyography”. Emer also has a BSc honours degree in biomedical science from Maynooth University.

To further advance her knowledge and skills Emer has completed the following CPD training:

– In 2021, Emer completed an APPI Pilates course further advancing her knowledge in low back pain rehab and women’s health physiotherapy.  

– Emer received a “Certificate of Achievement for Vestibular Rehabilitation; A Competency Based course” in 2023. This course provides a standard in the assessment, treatment and further referral of vestibular injuries including Vertigo, Vestibular Migraines and Concussion. The addition of the VALD forcedecks provide an invaluable outcome measure in our vestibular physiotherapy service as it allows patients to objectively measure their progress.  

Emer is currently the physiotherapist with the Donegal Senior Ladies Football Team, providing quality rehabilitation to players and facilitating there safe return to play following injury.  

  • Basic Life Support (CPR and AED) in accordance with the American Heart Association
  • SAFE2 IRFU Qualification – dealing with acute sports injury and concussion management.

Personal InterestsEmer is an avid sports fan, particularly GAA and soccer. She has played ladies Gaelic football for both RCSI and Maynooth University at collegiate level, winning the Moynihan and the Giles cups respectively. Emer also has a keen interest in Strength & Conditioning. She enjoys attending the gym and is also an associate member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.