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Dr Conor Gissane

Academic Director for Research

About Research

Conor is professor of sport biostatistics and injury. He completed his PhD in 2003 at Brunel University investigating the epidemiology of rugby league injury. During his time in academia he has worked at Brunel University, along with several visiting positions at Nottingham University, University College Dublin and the University of East London.

His main area of research interest is injury in sport, and more recently the incidence of concussion. This initially began in rugby league, but has since been extended to several other sports. Conor is also interested in statistics and statistics education and research design. The combination of these areas has led to an interest into the design of studies to investigate sport rehabilitation practices. His is a firmly believer in supporting researchers by giving them the necessary skills and tools to perform their investigations. He is the course leader for the MRes in Sport, Health and Applied Science.

Conor has research collaborations with Swansea University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Institute of Technology, Carlow, Auckland University of Technology, the Rugby League, the Football Association and The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation.

Conor has several peer reviewed research publications, and has acted for a reviewer for ten peer reviewed journals. In addition, he is a member of two editorial boards. He has an ongoing series of articles about statistics in the journal Physiotherapy Practice and Research.


Research Publications:

  • Runswick OR, C Gissane How to present your data I: Graphs Physiotherapy Practice and Research 38 (2), 127-35.
  • Gissane C, Runswick, OR. How to present your data II: Tables Physiotherapy Practice and Research 38 (2), 137-9.

  • Griffin PJ, Ferguson RA, Gissane C, Bailey SJ, Patterson SD. Ischemic preconditioning enhances critical power during a 3 minute all-out cycling test. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2017:

  • King D, Hecimovich M, Clark T, Gissane C. Measurement of head impacts in a sub-elite Australian Rules football team with an instrumented patch: an exploratory analysis. International journal of Sports Science and Coaching. DOI: 10.1177/1747954117710512

  • Brown F, Gissane C, Howatson G, van Someren K, Pedlar C, Hill J. Compression garments and recovery from exercise: a meta-analysis. Sports Medicine. 2017. doi:10.1007/s40279-017-0728-9

  • O'Malley E, Murphy JC, McCarthy Persson U, Gissane C, Blake C. The effects of the GAA 15 training program on neuromuscular outcomes in Gaelic football and hurling players; a randomized cluster trial. J Strength Cond Res. 2017;2119-30. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001564.

  • King D, Hume P, Gissane C, Clark T. Semi-professional rugby league players have higher concussion risk than professional or amateur participants: a pooled analysis. Sports Med. 2017; 47:197-205. DOI 10.1007/s40279-016-0576-z

  • Molloy JH, Murphy I, Gissane C. The King-Devick (K-D) test and concussion diagnosis in semi-professional rugby union players. J Sci Med Sport 2017; 20:708-11. DOI:

  • Gissane C. The problem of too many hypothesis tests. Physiotherapy, Practice and Research 2017; 38:67-8.

  • King D, Hume P, Gissane C, Clark T. Head impacts in a junior rugby league team measured with a wireless head impact sensor: an exploratory analysis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2016 Oct 28:1-11. DOI: 10.3171/2016.7.PEDS1684.

  • Roe M, Murphy JC, Gissane C, Blake C. Hamstring injuries in elite Gaelic football: an 8-year investigation to identify injury rates, time-loss patterns and players at increased risk. Br J Sports Med Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096401

  • King D, Hume P, Gissane C, Clark T. Similar head impact acceleration measured using instrumented ear patches in a junior rugby union team during matches in comparison with other sports. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2016; 18:65–72.

  • Gissane C. Is the data normally distributed? Physiotherapy, Practice and Research 2016; 37:57-60.

  • King D, Hume P, Gissane C, Brughelli M, Clark T. The influence of head impact threshold for reporting data in contact and collision sports: a systematic review and original data analysis. Sports Med 2016;46:151-69.

  • Gissane C. How many will I need for the study? Physiotherapy, Practice and Research 2015; 36:127-9.