Shane Mc Clean – Chartered Physiotherapist

Shane Mc Clean - Chartered Physiotherapist at Donegal Physiotherapy

Qualifications and Education
Shane graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a honours degree in Health and Performance Science. In 2020, he completed his Professional Masters of Physiotherapy  from UCD. During his studies he completed two research theses entitled ‘Determining a progressive sequence of exercises for individuals with chronic ankle instability’ and ‘Determining the learning effect with the forward lunge exercise using inertial sensors’. Shane has recently co-authored on a research paper entitled ‘Are questionable research practices facilitating new discoveries in sport and exercise medicine? The proportion of supported hypotheses is implausibly high; Büttner F, Toomey E, McClean S, et al 2020’  which has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Shane has been working as a physiotherapist with the Donegal GAA Senior Football Team  since 2019, and Lead Physiotherapist since 2021. He has experience with local GAA, national track and field athletes, UCD Rugby and GAA teams throughout his last few years of work.

To continue his professional development Shane has completed courses on:

  • American Heart Association – Basic Life Support (CPR and AED).
  • Immediate Care in Sport (IRFU – Safe Rugby Level 2).
  • Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy.
  • FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine.
  • Sprinting for performance and injury prevention.
  • Rehabilitation for ACL, hip/groin injuries.
  • EXOS Performance Coach learning and is studying to complete this exam.


  • Sports injuries – running mechanics related to injury, ankle and groin pain.
  • Shane enjoys all types of sport, particularly Gaelic football and golf.