What makes me an elite athlete?


Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France are in full swing with the RBS Six Nations rugby tournament. One of Ireland’s key players,  Tommy Bowe who plays on the Wing , underwent kidney surgery in 2012. Following that, his chances to compete in his seventh Six Nations tournament were dashed as he underwent surgery on a significant lateral knee ligament injury back in December which has put him out of action for at least four months. 

Bowe is the focus of a new documentary which gives a unique insight into what it takes to rise to the top of the game of professional rugby. The documentary, “Bodycheck”, explores the science and physiology of Ireland and follows the player as he makes his return from injury to play for his country.  Cutting edge sports science experiments and techniques are used to uncover what makes him the elite sportsperson he is, from tough pre-season training to full match fitness.

…just as he returns to elite performance, his RBS 6 Nations hopes are dashed when he suffers a serious injury.

Bowe’s journey takes him back to explore his GAA roots, as well as putting himself up against a record-breaking sprinter.

All his sporting attributes are put to the test: strength; speed; endurance; mental toughness; technique; and finally, how much natural ability really lies in the family genes?

It’s one to watch! Sunday 24th February 9.30pm RTE1. Read more on RTE.


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