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Karl Fullam

Lead Clinician ~ DBC @ University College Dublin

PhD, BSc (Physio), MISCP

Karl is presently the manager and lead clinician in DBC Belfield in University College Dublin. Throughout his PhD studies Karl worked clinically in DBC he has been a member of the team for 6 years. His PhD research was on elite athletes looking at dynamic balance and its association to injury prediction in the lower limb focusing on the ankle joint.

Given his extensive research in lower limb injury, Karl has subsequently developed an expert Foot and Ankle assessment, pre-surgical and rehabilitation program. Karl has forged personal relationships with some of the best Musculoskeletal Foot and Ankle Specialists and Surgeons in the Dublin region

Karl has also completed his specialist biomechanical training with The Orthotic Group (TOG). The process of assessment involves a digital  gait scan using a highly sensitive force platform which measures how each part of the foot works & distributes weight in standing & walking.  He will then manually assess each foot incorporating the latest research into foot and ankle analysis. He then compiles this data and with the TOG lab in Cookstown will build a custom orthotic.


Specialist Services/Interests:

  • Chronic Back & Neck Pain
  • Pre & Post Operative Back & Neck Rehabilitation
  • Rugby and Soccer injuries
  • Knee, Ankle, Shoulder & Wrist Post-Operative Rehabilitation
  • Elite Athlete Injury Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment & Return to Play Protocol
  • Deep Dry Needling
  • Chronic Tendon Injuries & Shockwave Therapy
  • Accessible Specialist/Surgeon Referral Pathway when necessitated

Clinic Availability:

UCD:          Monday-Friday

Average New Appointment Wait Time:

3-5 Days

Assessment Session Charges:

  • Back/Neck 1 Hour Baseline Assessment: €140
  • 30 Min Physiotherapy Assessment: €70
  • Specialist Foot and Ankle Assessment 60 mins €120
  • Biomechanics Ax including 3D Foot Scan: €120


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Ashleaf 01–465 2454 / Athlone 090-6475898 / Naas 045-87 4133 / UCD 01-716 3240 / [email protected]

Along with his clinic role Karl is the FAI U15 National Team Physiotherapist and the Head Physiotherapist with UCD Rugby's first XV Ulster Bank League Team. He has published and presented extensively worldwide and continues to be involved in research in UCD. He also acts as peer reviewer on The Journal of Sports Rehabilitation and the Journal of Athletic Training. Since starting his role in DBC and his extensive specialist training, Karl has developed a strong interest in complex back and neck pain patients. Understanding diagnosing and ultimately treating these patients.

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